Eight people were injured in an accident involving a recycling truck this Monday afternoon. According to reports, the truck fell on top of another vehicle, trapping the driver inside for a period of time. The person trapped inside the vehicle suffered the most extensive injuries. Reports indicate that at the time of the accident, the garbage truck was traveling east on a road when a vehicle traveling west on the same road attempted to make a left turn onto a cross street in front of the truck. The garbage truck was not able to slow down in enough time so made a sharp turn, causing the truck to land on top of another nearby vehicle. The road was closed for about two hours in order for the accident to get cleared up. An accident investigation is still pending.
Often in these types of accidents it is easy to assume that the driver who made the left hand turn in front of the garbage truck is to blame. What very well could happen would be a case of comparative negligence. In these types of cases, insurance companies will use an accident investigation in order to determine what percentage of fault each of the drivers contributed. In the event that the driver of the passenger vehicle was found to be only partially at fault, they still may be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the garbage truck after they deduct their portion of fault. If you were injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligence of another, even if you were partially at fault, speak with a truck accident attorney from our firm.
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