Spring Hill, FL - An 88-year-old Weeki Wachee man was killed Friday morning from injuries sustained in a traffic accident involving a garbage truck.
The man was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer into a parking lot around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a garbage truck driven by a 62-year-old Spring Hill man backed up into him. The Trailblazer swerved onto the shoulder and crashed into a tree.
The 88-year-old was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died Friday morning.
The garbage truck driver was not harmed. Troopers claim the man did receive a citation.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that the investigation remains under way.
When you think of a motor vehicle accident, a collision with a garbage truck is probably not the first image that pops into your head. However, these types of accidents occur more often than you would think in Hernando County. While garbage trucks spend most of their time in residential neighborhoods, they pose a significant threat to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists because of their size and difficulty maneuvering. Though these trucks may move slowly, they are responsible for numerous personal injuries and deaths every year.
• Blind Spots
• Limited Driver Visibility
• Improper Truck Design
• Fatigued, Overworked Drivers
• Negligent or Distracted Drivers
• Driver Failing to Look Before Backing Up
• Oversized Truck Loads
• Malfunctioning Back-up Alarms
• Oversized Loads
• Inadequate Truck Maintenance
• Falling objects
The injuries suffered in a garbage truck accident can be quite severe. The weight of the vehicle and the load carried can all dictate the severity of the injuries, but many of these accidents result in traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and fractures, neck injuries, back injuries and even wrongful death.
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a garbage truck accident, you need the help of a Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. We have what it takes to aggressively fight for your rights whether your case requires a trial or can be settled outside of the courtroom. We will always protect your best interests and work tirelessly to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact us today online or call 352-666-2121 for a free initial consultation.