How Safe Are Food Trucks in North Carolina?


September 24, 2013
By Lee Law Offices, P.A. on September 24, 2013 9:11 AM |

Taco trucks, hot dog stands and other food trucks are an attraction for locals and tourists throughout the Carolinas. While food may be quick and tasty, food trucks cropping up throughout the region may pose potential threats including vehicle accidents and collisions, fire hazards, as well as food-borne illnesses. Whether stopping for a snack after a long workday or taking your kids out after a game, be sure to keep safety in mind when near a food truck.

Food trucks in North and South Carolina do require registration and compliance with regulations, however, they could still pose a threat of accidents or injuries. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are dedicated raising health and safety awareness in our communities. When it comes to food truck safety, it is important to keep health and safety in mind to protect your family.

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Food truck owners are responsible for keeping their trucks clean. Like a restaurant, it is important to make sure that food is properly stocked and stored, that surfaces are clean to prevent mold or attracting pests. Truck owners are responsible for loading fresh water and dispose of any waste or waste water. Though health inspectors are obliged to check trucks, individual consumers should also be wary if a truck is not cleaned properly or appears dirty. Health inspectors have indicated that clean trucks on the outside are often clean on the inside. Similarly, a dirty truck on the outside probably means a dirty truck on the inside.

In addition to keeping a truck clean, it is important that the food be properly stored at certain temperatures and in durable containers. Though most food-truck owners keep up with requirements, sometimes it can be difficult to keep food cold enough which can present the potential for food-borne illnesses. When food gets above 41 degrees and below 135 degrees, bacteria can begin to grow in the food.

If you eat a food truck, you should always make sure that it is registered and that it has been approved by inspectors. When near a food truck, be wary of other pedestrians, cyclists, or oncoming vehicles if you are in a parking lot or near a road. If you have children near a food truck, make sure that they are aware of any oncoming traffic and the potential for burns or fires. Be wary of children climbing on or near food trucks because the driver or operator may not see them.

Victims of food truck accidents, injuries, or food poisoning may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other losses. In the event of an injury involving a food truck, you should consult with an experienced advocate who can help determine the cause of the accident. If you have suffered from food poisoning, you could also have a claim against negligent food truck owners or affiliated companies.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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