Sometimes this trash may not hit the hole in the top of the truck and flies back out hitting the cedar or pine fence pickets. Leaving dings or dents. Possibly cracked fence pickets.
These arms as I have watched them can be very jerky and when the trash bin comes back down from the top almost throws the trash bin to the ground which in turn can hit the fence and damage it.
I have also seen where a trash bin was in the street and a portable basketball hoop was next to it and the arm on the trash truck picked the trash bin and basketball hoop up at the same time. When the hoop and trash bin came back down the basketball hoop was destroyed.
The next question to ask is…
Garbage Truck Hit My Fence … Who Pays For The Repairs?
Over the years in this business we have had homeowners have to fight the company that hit the fence. It seems no one wants to take the blame and step up to pay for the repairs. It is not the homeowners fault. Unfortunately if the homeowner needs the fence repaired quickly because of a pool in the backyard, they may have to take it upon themselves to get it repaired or replaced.
Submitting the bill to the party at fault could be a problem as most small business may not carry general liability insurance to cover that. Even if they do most small businesses do not want to file because it may increase there premiums.
Here is a great resource to answer your Who Pays for The Repairs. Texas State Law Library.
So What Is A Homeowner To Do When A Garbage Truck Hits My Fence?
Usually the very last resort is to either hire an attorney to collect the debt or go to small claims court yourself. Neither one of these options is the best however it may be the only way to collect the damages caused by the fault of the garbage truck driver.
Of course if you choose to go to small claims court make sure you have all the documentation, date and time of damage, video if you have it (sometimes the neighbors video shows the best angle) and any other items necessary to win the case.
Since we are not attorney’s there might be other items necessary to try the case. It is the homeowners responsibility to follow through with the damaged fence.
If you need a second, third or fourth opinion of the fence damage feel free to fill out our Free Estimate Form to schedule one of our experienced estimators to come out to your home and look at the damage. The estimator will offer a few options as well as give you a written estimate if needed for the insurance company or court.
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