Articles Tagged with waste trucks

Children can sometimes develop a big interest in trucks they see around them. Trucks are big, powerful machines and can seem very cool to kids. Unfortunately, curiosity and the desire to take a closer look can have some tragic consequences for young ones.

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Most of us don’t consider the places kids can come into contact with trucks, but garbage trucks show up on residential streets every day and children may be able to get close to trucks in parking lots, in stores, at truck shows, and even in their yard when a delivery truck drops by. It’s easy to tell kids not to play near trucks or warn your child against approaching them, but they are likely to forget when they see a cool machine they want to see up close.

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Garbage trucks and waste disposal trucks have an important role to play in Hollywood and South Florida. Waste disposal keeps our streets clean and help us get rid of garbage from our homes, creating a more hygienic environment.

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Each year, however, people across this country are injured and killed in waste disposal truck accidents. Waste disposal trucks are large vehicles that have to share the road with smaller cars and pedestrians – especially in residential areas. Garbage trucks are also very large, which can mean any collision involving these vehicles can be serious.

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When most of us hear about commercial truck accidents, these collisions involve tractor trailers, big rigs, and other large transport trucks. But other trucks can also cause crashes on the road. Waste trucks, for example, can easily be involved in accidents. In fact, there are several reasons why waste truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida can especially be a hazard:

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There are far fewer school bus accidents in Homestead and other communities than car accidents. One reason for that is that most drivers are much more careful around school buses than around average cars. In fact, there are laws in place to ensure that drivers use extra caution around vehicles transporting school children.

Now, a new law may help prevent waste truck accidents in Homestead and other Florida cities by getting motorists to slow down and show more caution around waste and recycling trucks. The new Florida law covers waste and recycling trucks under the same law that covers emergency vehicles.

Across the country, more than 135,000 men and women work with waste and recycling trucks, keeping streets and communities clean. These workers are especially vulnerable to workplace accidents in Homestead and other communities across the country, and one of the big risks in this industry has to do with pedestrian accidents. Waste and recycling trucks make frequent stops and when they do, trucking collisions can occur. In addition, workers from these trucks need to approach the curb and cross the street in order to pick up items from the curb. This puts these workers at risk, especially if drivers around them are distracted or try to drive around a stopped waste or recycling truck. The new law aims to address this common cause of injury.

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New Florida laws intended to prevent waste truck collisions

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