Working in garbage collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. A study performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that, in a single year, there were more than 1,400 garbage truck injuries nationwide and about 107 fatalities.
25% of these fatalities involved the garbage collection workers themselves, and 75% were other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Most people don't pay special attention around garbage trucks, but the reality is that it can be extremely dangerous to be around one, especially when they are engaged in the collection of garbage. Having an accident with one of them makes the situation a lot more complex.
In California, garbage trucks are treated differently than other drivers under the Vehicle Code. They may have greater freedoms when they are collecting garbage, but also other restrictions. Next, we will mention some of the rules and exeptions that these workers must follow.
Traffic Rule Exceptions for Garbage Trucks
Again, it is important to note that many of these exceptions can only be made while these trucks are in operation. Therefore, you should take them into account when driving or being near any of them.
· Garbage trucks may stop in bike lanes
· They can stay parked for long periods of time in places that would not be allowed for other drivers.
· They can operate in loading and unloading areas
· They can circulate in areas that are generally prohibited for the passage of other vehicles.
· They may even drive in the opposite direction to access a garbage collector.
· They can stop and park behind a row of parked cars.
· They can use more than half of a street if necessary.
However, this does not relieve the garbage collection company of the following responsibilities:
· Trucks must have insurance in case of accidents
· Provide the necessary training to their operators and ensure that they drive safely.
· Use the emergency lights and other signals when they are in operation.
· All trucks must have rear cameras
· Have alarms for reverse driving and automatic braking devices.
Having an accident with one of these trucks can put you in a very difficult and complex situation. At Vaziri Law Group, we can help act on your behalf and ensure that you receive the compensation necessary to recover from your injuries. Call us today!