Can I Sue if I Was Injured by a Garbage Truck in D.C.?

Our sanitation workers are among the most underappreciated members of our society. They do the work that many of us simply won’t. However, sanitation workers are only human, and can make mistakes from time to time. In some cases, garbage trucks can cause very serious accidents when improperly handled and operated. If you were recently hit by a garbage truck, you’re most likely wondering whether you have a valid injury claim. Please continue reading and speak with our seasoned Washington D.C. auto accident lawyers to learn more about garbage truck accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been wrongfully injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What should I do if I was hit by a garbage truck?

To start, you should understand that garbage truck accidents can occur for a wide range of reasons. Common types of negligence, such as speeding, driving while intoxicated or driving while distracted are all common causes of garbage truck accidents. Additionally, people may also sustain injuries when garbage trucks dump waste improperly, spill hazardous waste, or even when trash falls from the truck at an inopportune moment. That said, if you were injured in an accident involving a garbage truck, you should try to take the following steps:

  • Call 911.
  • Gather witness contact information.
  • Take pictures of the accident.
  • Seek medical treatment.
  • Hire a personal injury attorney you can trust to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Do I have a valid injury claim if I was hit by a garbage truck?

Whether you have a valid claim depends largely on the circumstances of your accident. If we can prove that your accident and subsequent injuries were the direct result of the garbage truck driver’s negligence (or otherwise due to circumstances beyond your control) there’s a strong chance you’ll have a valid claim. As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof, you should receive compensation to help you deal with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred.

Our firm understands that is nothing worse than sustaining an injury because of someone else’s careless action. The bottom line is that if you were hurt due to no fault of your own, our firm is here to help. Contact the experienced Washington, D.C. injury attorneys from Trombly & Singer today to learn more about whether your case qualifies for compensation and how our legal team can fight to help you get it.


Contact the experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC for help with your injury claim.