Garbage Truck Accidents: What You Should Know About These Crashes By Sean Burke on March 18, 2019

Garbage truck Auto accidents are a leading cause of personal injury in the United States. They are responsible for billions of dollars in financial damages each year. Although any accident can be catastrophic or deadly, the risks are even greater when a commercial vehicle, such as a garbage truck, is involved.

Garbage truck accidents can leave our Orange County, CA clients dealing with significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. Accident attorney Sean M. Burke understands the unique losses associated with garbage truck accidents and is prepared to fight for maximum compensation for our clients.

Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

As with collisions involving any other type of vehicle, the cause of a garbage truck accident is different in each situation. However, garbage truck drivers do face their own unique challenges.

Some of the leading causes of garbage truck accidents include:

  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Insufficient driver training
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Falling objects
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Fire from flammable materials

Accident Damages

Garbage trucks are not quite as large and heavy as some other commercial trucks, but they are still significantly larger than most other vehicles on the road. Because of their size and weight, they tend to cause a lot of damage, especially when they collide with a smaller vehicle.

Aside from significant property damage, garbage truck accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Victims of garbage truck accidents may sustain:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Head or brain injuries
  • Neck or spinal cord injuries

It is impossible to ignore that any of the abovementioned injuries will also lead to financial losses for accident victims. Financial damages in garbage truck accidents may include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, loss of wage-earning potential, and pain and suffering.


Proving liability in a garbage truck accident is vital to getting victims the compensation they are due for accident damages. However, liability in garbage truck accidents can be difficult to prove, which is why it is important to work with an experienced attorney, such as Sean M. Burke.

Our legal team will gather evidence to determine what caused the accident and who was responsible. Even if we find that a garbage truck accident was the result of a careless or reckless driver, that driver may not be solely responsible for accident damages. Depending on all the details of the accident, the garbage company, truck or parts manufacturers, or other third parties may also be held partially accountable.

Mr. Burke will look at all the details of a garbage truck accident and explore all possible avenues of liability. He will work hard to strengthen his case so that clients can be compensated for the full extent of their losses.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, attorney Sean M. Burke and our legal team can help you get the financial compensation you are due. Contact us online at your earliest convenience, or call (949) 644-3434, to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options.

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