Make Way for Garbage Trucks!

What would we do without garbage trucks and sanitation workers? Without them, our trash would just pile up, leaving our neighborhoods overflowing with smelly, dirty trash! Sanitation workers, though their work is often thankless, play a critical role in our communities. Their important job is to keep our areas beautiful and clean.

A Dangerous Job

Sanitation workers also have a very dangerous job. In fact, refuse and recyclable material collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, according to Forbes. Some of the dangers can be chalked up to heavy equipment and hazardous waste. However, traffic accidents play a large role in making their job so dangerous.

If you’re ever been stuck behind a garbage truck, you know they are very slow moving. So why is their job so dangerous? Since garbage trucks often move slowly and require various stops, they can be at risk of a collision if other drivers are reckless or negligence. For example, if a driver is texting, they might fail to stop in time for a garbage truck, leading to a rear-end collision. While they are out of the truck picking up trash, they can also be injured by speeding, drunk, distracted, or otherwise negligent drivers.

Dangers to Other Drivers

On the other hand, garbage trucks can also pose a hazard for other vehicles. If their materials are not properly stored, they could fall onto the road. They might cause an obstacle for other drivers. As mentioned above, garbage trucks often transport heavy or hazardous materials. This can be very dangerous if they fall onto the roads. Negligence on the part of garbage truck drivers can also cause serious accidents, since the trucks are so much larger than most other vehicles on the road.

Though they are large, slow moving, and have big blind spots, garbage trucks are not inherently dangerous on the roads. In fact, it’s great to have them, because they effectively and safely dispose of waste and other materials. But like all other vehicles, they need to exercise caution and obey all the rules of the road.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.


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