Dumpster or Storage Bin Container Injury Lawsuit
If you were hurt in a car accident involving a container put in front of someone’s house or a construction site, you may be entitled to sue the person who put it there. Money from the responsible party may be able to help you recover losses you suffered because of the misplaced dumpster or storage container.
Dumpsters or storage bin containers from PODS or RAT-PAK are often illegally parked on streets painted a dark color without reflectors or safety cones to warn drivers. Amplifying the dangers, these containers often extend into the lane of traffic and block street signs. They are often on the corner of a street or parked at the bottom of a hill.
Drivers who strike a storage container or dumpster are frequently confused because they didn’t see it. Often, dumpster crashes occur at night, when it is impossible to spot a dark object that is not properly marked. Tragedies also occur when a child darts into a road from behind a container because it creates a corner that is impossible to see around.
The location of the dumpster or storage bin accident will play a significant role in determining who is to blame. If your injury occurred on someone’s private property, such as a home, you may be entitled to pursue legal action against the homeowner.
However, just because a dumpster or storage bin is parked in front of a homeowner’s or construction site owner’s property does not indicate they are liable for it. If the storage bin or dumpster was placed on a city street, the guilty party might be the business that put the container in the road.
Responsibilities of a Storage Bin Business or Dumpster Rental Company
The rental provider usually must ensure that the dumpster is positioned in the right location and is securely secured. Large dumpsters with wheels that aren’t securely secured might be dangerous, especially given their size. A strong wind could cause the dumpster to collide with a parked car.
A container rental business is also responsible for ensuring that a container’s placement complies with all applicable permits, particularly when it includes a city street, roads, alleyways, or sidewalks. If the container is on a public roadway, the firm must follow local regulations, such as avoiding placing it in front of a fire hydrant, bus stop, or “no loading zone.”
Permits and contact details for the container rental company should be displayed on the container. It should also have reflective tape so that it is visible at night.
Demonstrating Negligence of Dumpster Company or Storage Bins
A diligent attorney will investigate the policy in your area to see whether there are any restrictions on the installation of dumpsters in public areas. You may be entitled to compensation if we can show you were owed a duty of care and were injured because the company violated that obligation due to container placement.
Negligence might include the following:
- If the business does not meet the city’s laws or standards for container placement
- If the container was placed in an area where you didn’t have enough time to observe it and avoid striking it
- If the container was placed at a location for longer than the permitted time
- If the business fails to post signs, warnings, or notifications advising motorists of the danger
How can a lawyer help me in a container crash case?
We may go through your evidence and assist you in gathering further proof to back up your claim. This might involve the following:
- Making a trip to the spot where the accident occurred
- Interviewing witnesses
- Locating security footage from a neighboring business or house that captured the collision.
- Questioning the homeowner’s or construction site owner’s insurance companies and legal counsel
Any evidence you have, such as a police record and images of the damage to your car, might assist your case for the accountable party’s negligence and confirm your injuries and losses.
If discussions fail to produce a reasonable settlement, our legal team can assist you in filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance or filing a lawsuit. We’ll handle all discussions and negotiations with all parties involved. We’ll also go through the laws that pertain to your case, answer your questions, and keep you up to speed on any changes.
Dumpster Car Accident Attorney
When a dumpster or storage container creates an unreasonably dangerous situation, it’s vital to examine your legal rights. We can help you recover from your dumpster crash accident case. David P. Willis is board certified as a personal injury trial law specialist. We’ve put in a lot of effort to get the best results for our clients, and we’ll do the same for you and your loved ones. Call us at 713-654-4040 or 1-800-883-9858.