Delivery Truck Accidents
There are very few of us in today’s world who have not purchased goods online and seen them show up on our front doorstep a few days (or hours) later.
With so much convenience to the consumer, it’s easy to forget that the transportation of these goods is a billion-dollar, multi-level operation involving thousands of delivery trucks, an ever-growing pool of new drivers, and hundreds of thousands of miles covered every day.
What happens when one of these delivery trucks causes an accident?
If you were hurt in a crash with an Amazon, UPS, FedEx, Walmart, Target, or another company driver, a delivery truck accident lawyer from Trucking Injury Law Group is ready to help in your recovery.
Our team is highly experienced in this complex area of the law, and we use our resources to defend the rights of crash survivors. Contact us for a free case review.
Top Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to complete delivery routes on time—regardless of traffic, weather, or other factors. An individual delivery driver may be responsible for dropping off dozens of packages and covering multiple towns in a single shift.
Schedules can be tight, and hours can be demanding, leaving delivery drivers to operate vehicles while fatigued, stressed, exhausted and on unfamiliar roads.
Tough working conditions are only one issue that can contribute to a delivery truck accident. A delivery company is also responsible for making sure that new hires undergo background checks, drivers receive adequate training, fleet vehicles are safe and road-ready, and assigned routes are reasonable.
Some of the most common issues that contribute to delivery truck accident cases include:
- Distracted driving
- Unfamiliar routes and frequent stops
- Improper fleet maintenance and mechanical failures
- Poor training for drivers
- Driver inexperience
- Not accounting for truck blind spots
- Speeding to meet delivery deadlines
- Truck driver cell phone use
- Violating right-of-way rules
- Failure to use turn signals
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Improper stopping or parking
Can a Delivery Truck Driver Be Held Liable for Causing a Crash?
Occupants of passenger vehicles who suffer personal injury through the actions of a delivery person or the company that employs them have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Although the most obvious party in a crash is the driver, delivery drivers are not the only potentially liable party in a delivery truck accident claim. In most situations, it will be the trucking company that will need to take responsibility for damages.
Delivery truck Accidents Are Never Simple Cases
A delivery truck accident is well known to be one of the trickiest types of auto accidents to handle from a legal standpoint. Any accident involving an Amazon delivery truck driver or other company employee will require the expertise of an experienced truck accident attorney.
Corporations like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and DHL are big companies that provide transport services across the country. These delivery companies employ thousands of delivery truck drivers who transport millions of dollars in consumer goods every day.
With roads overpopulated by big trucks rushing to ship out products at almost every hour of every day, there is huge potential for serious injury in a trucking accident.
Big Companies Are Powerful Defendants
When it comes to the American product delivery industry, there is a great deal of profit at stake. A delivery company doesn’t build revenue by paying out claims to injured car accident victims.
Companies offering delivery services protect themselves and protect themselves well.
Severe injuries sustained in a delivery truck crash cost a lot of money. Corporate entities like Amazon and Walmart don’t only have the insurance company to protect them but also a highly paid legal team that makes it very difficult to hold these big businesses accountable for serious injury or wrongful death.
The Issue of Independent Contractors
There is also the issue of independent contractors, a loophole many companies exploit to distance the business from the actions of the driver. Third-party contractors are frequently hired to deliver Amazon packages and other consumer goods. But because they are not actual employees, the company will try to deny liability for any harm caused by the independent contractor.
These and other factors make seeking damages from a delivery company a challenging task. It takes a seasoned legal advocate to successfully handle a claim against a delivery driver and company.
How Our Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers Help With Your Case
A car accident may be a straightforward case involving two vehicles owned by their drivers. But a delivery truck accident is much more complex.
It is not recommended that you attempt to handle something like a FedEx or Amazon delivery truck accident on your own without legal counsel.
Trucking Injury Law Group is made up of a Super Team of experienced personal injury attorneys, each with their own proven track record in complex truck accident cases. We have combined our expertise to give you the resources, support, and advocacy you need in the aftermath of a serious truck collision.
On your behalf, our delivery truck accident lawyers will:
- Begin with a free initial consultation to go over your legal options with you
- Analyze the circumstances of your case and determine liability
- Hold all liable parties accountable for the actions that harmed you or a loved one
- Gather evidence to fully support your claim
- Calculate the amount of financial compensation you are owed for current and future losses
- Help you obtain compensation through a settlement or verdict
- Communicate with and support you through every moment of the claim process
What To Do if You Were Involved in a Delivery Truck Accident
What should you do after being hit by a delivery truck? It’s a question you hope you’ll never need to answer. But being prepared for the worst is the best way to protect your safety and rights following a delivery truck accident.
Our delivery truck accident lawyers recommend taking the following steps immediately after a collision. If you suffered serious injuries, only complete the steps you are able to. If possible, ask a family member or friend to help with the other steps.
- Call 911
- Obtain a copy of the police report made at the accident scene
- Seek medical care from responding EMTs, at the emergency room, or schedule an appointment with your doctor
- Get the truck driver’s name, employer, license, and insurance company information
- Get the name of any other passenger vehicle drivers involved
- Take pictures of the crash scene, injuries, vehicle damage, and surroundings
- Take down contact information for any eyewitnesses of the crash
- Schedule a consultation with a delivery truck accident lawyer
The Legal Process for Recovering Compensation After a Delivery Truck Accident
Delivery vehicles are usually box trucks that are much larger and heavier than passenger cars. When UPS, Target, or Amazon delivery truck drivers collide with smaller cars or pedestrians, any resulting injuries are most often severe.
Survivors may be left facing years of treatment and physical therapy, costly medical expenses, diminished earning capacity, loss of means of transportation, and pain and suffering.
No matter which state your accident occurred in; there are laws that allow you to seek compensation for the damages you incurred through the at-fault party’s actions.
A personal injury claim or lawsuit is the legal method for restoring justice after a preventable crash that harmed you or a loved one. This legal process ensures that the financial consequences of another party’s misconduct are not unfairly left with you.
A delivery truck accident claim can also help make business operations safer for everyone by highlighting problems in the industry, stopping negligent actions, and removing irresponsible parties from positions that allow them to perpetrate harm against others.
Our Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys Are on Your Side
Trucking Injury Law Group is a truck accident law group that focuses an area of our practice on UPS, FedEx, Walmart, Target, DHL, GLS, and Amazon delivery truck accidents, along with crashes involving other delivery companies.
Not every personal injury lawyer handles delivery truck accidents. Pursuing compensation from an Amazon truck driver and their employer is a wholly different legal battle from filing a car accident claim. We currently handle Amazon truck accident cases in the following states and more:
We are confident in our understanding of the federal and state regulations that govern these types of cases, the legal process for obtaining compensation for crash victims, and the best ways to secure evidence that can build the strongest case.
We encourage you to avoid delay. Your delivery truck accident case is subject to a statute of limitations that dictates how long you have to take legal action. If you miss the time window, you will be barred from recovering compensation.
Schedule a free consultation with Trucking Injury Law Group to learn the legal deadline that applies to your case. There is no cost or obligation to discuss your rights and options with a delivery truck accident attorney.