• May 31, 2017

Cyclist Injured in Winter Park, FL, Garbage Truck Claw Accident

Winter Park, FL -- May 30, 2017, a bicyclist was injured due to an accident in which he was somehow struck by a garbage truck boom claw.

Investigators from the Casselberry Police Department responded to the accident scene at the Helen Street Mobile Home Park, just south of State Road 434 and North Winter Park Drive.

Preliminary information released by police indicates that a Waste Pro garbage truck was in the mobile home park picking up trash. The garbage truck lowered its boom claw to retrieve waste when the heavy machinery made contact with a bicyclist.

Emergency services came to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Police have not reported any charges or citations at this time. It's still unclear what caused the accident to occur.

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Commentary

Based on the sparse details currently available, there's no real way to be sure what happened here. The injuries sustained here warrant a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this accident could have been avoided and why it wasn't. I can see form pictures that the truck is equipped with blind-spot mirrors which would allow the driver to see the side of the truck. Was the cyclist stationary below the arm when this occurred? If so, how did the truck driver fail to see him? Did he bother to check to make sure the way was clear before lowering the heavy arm? Was the truck driver by him or herself, or was there a co-worker to help monitor the equipment? Where exactly was the cyclist when this happened, and what was he doing? was he sitting still beside the road or trying to pass by the truck?

All of these questions and more are absolutely crucial in determining what happened in this accident, and there will need to be extensive investigations to get those answers.

--Grossman Law Offices

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