Being involved in a collision with a delivery truck such as Amazon, UPS, FedEx, or USPS can be devastating. Due to the weight and size of delivery trucks, crashes involving a delivery truck often lead to severe injuries. As more individuals turn to online shopping services, more delivery trucks are out on the road than ever before. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a delivery truck driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Discuss the details of your case for free with an experienced delivery truck accident attorney today by calling Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters,’ at (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online to see what we can do to help you.
While smaller than a semi truck or dump truck, delivery trucks are still large vehicles that may cause severe damage when colliding with another car or pedestrian. A delivery truck may weigh up to 26,000 lbs. While delivery trucks can vary in design, delivery trucks most often include:
If you have been involved in an accident with a delivery truck, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Tatum & Atkinson, ‘the Heavy Hitters’, where an experienced delivery truck accident lawyer from our firm can provide you with free expert legal guidance of next steps to be taken in your case.
UPS is the largest shipping service provider in the U.S., with over 100,000 delivery trucks in its fleet. Sadly, since 2016 thousands of collisions involving UPS delivery vehicles have been reported in the U.S., in which hundreds of people have suffered from severe injuries, some of which were fatal.
FedEx is the second largest package delivery service provider in the U.S. that is estimated to move around 18 billion tons of goods annually. Since 2016, over 1,800 accidents have been reported in the U.S. involving a FedEx truck, with hundreds of individuals suffering from related injuries, including some fatal injuries.
USPS, otherwise known as the United States Postal Service, delivers nearly 500 million mail articles daily and employs over 630,000 people to achieve this task, making USPS one of the world’s largest employers. Unfortunately, there are so many mail carriers on the road, so it is not uncommon for USPS trucks to be involved in accidents.
Amazon, in recent years, has continued to expand its offered services to include subscription services, prime wardrobe, and grocery delivery, forcing this e-commerce giant to put many more delivery vehicle trucks out on the road across the U.S. Additionally, to meet demands, Amazon offers delivery partnership programs allowing fleet owners and individuals to use their personal vehicles to deliver with Amazon. More delivery vehicles out on the road have led to increased trucking accidents within the past decade.
As the demand for packages and quick delivery increases, delivery truck drivers are in demand and are also pressured to meet daily quotas promptly. Due to this, more trucks are out on the road and more trucks are being driven by inexperienced drivers. Common causes of delivery truck accidents include:
Due to a shortage of drivers to meet demands, companies are demanding more from their drivers. As a result, many drivers may be working overtime or working very early or late into the evening hours to make specific deadlines.
For many delivery drivers, the only necessary requirement to begin working on the job is to have a good driving record, a driver’s license, and attend a few weeks of training.
An improperly maintained vehicle can lead to needless accidents. Many companies may attempt to cut costs by skimping on vehicle maintenance procedures. Unfortunately, a vehicle that is not adequately maintained increases the risk of an accident.
As drivers strive to meet delivery goals to meet demands, drivers may attempt to make up time by speeding or making other risky behaviors.
Like any other driver out on the road, delivery truck drivers may drive while distracted, such as using a cell phone while driving. Unfortunately, distracted driving can lead to deadly situations.
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to needless crashes, which may result in injuries or even fatalities.
As each collision is unique, injuries stemming from a delivery truck accident can vary widely. However, the injuries that delivery truck accident victims commonly sustain include:
When an employee of a delivery service provider is involved in an accident, in general, employees’ actions are the company’s responsibility. However, delivery truck accidents may be complex and involve multiple parties.
There are many reasons why you should strongly consider retaining an experienced delivery accident attorney following a delivery truck collision. The sooner you obtain representation, the sooner you will be able to ensure that your claim is protected and that your right to just compensation is fought for. Below discover some reasons why it is advisable to retain a delivery accident lawyer.
1. Costly Medical Expenses
Delivery truck accidents often lead to severe injuries, lost wages, and even permanent disability or death. Insurance companies and/or trucking companies may deny fault or may attempt to offer a settlement figure that will not adequately cover your current and future expected medical expenses. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your damages are adequately compensated, including projected future losses.
2. Determine Liability
Delivery truck accidents are often complex, as multiple parties may be liable and injuries sustained are often severe. Liability is often unclear or may be otherwise disputed. An experienced attorney can help obtain valuable evidence and testimony to determine liability.
3. Cover Your Losses
Damages from involvement in a delivery trucking accident often far exceed medical expenses and property damage. You or a loved one may have also sustained the following types of damages:
As some of these losses are non-tangible, you will need an experienced delivery accident lawyer to fight aggressively for your right to fair compensation.
4. Handle Insurers
Insurance companies are often for-profit corporations, so it is in their interest to minimize costs paid out in settlements. Therefore, they will attempt to pay you as little as possible following a collision. Insurers may use your own words against you or hire professionals to discredit your claim. Don’t try to negotiate with insurers alone. Call an experienced personal injury attorney who will be able to help manage these negotiations for you and fight for the compensation you deserve.
5. Build Your Case
An experienced delivery accident attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to protect and strengthen your claim. Evidence may include:
Delivery truck accident cases can be confusing and complex. However, you can rely on your delivery accident attorney to put your mind at ease and allow you to focus your attention and energy on recovering. In addition, your attorney will be able to advise you as to the best steps moving forward to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim.
If you have been involved in an accident due to the negligence of a delivery truck driver, you will need an experienced delivery truck accident lawyer to represent you. Injuries from cases such as this can be significant. Large corporations and insurance companies often have vast resources and attorneys at their disposal who will often begin investigations immediately following an accident to diminish any claims an injury victim may bring against them. Liable parties may attempt to deny culpability or may try to place the blame on you. This is why you need an experienced delivery truck lawyer to represent your interests and fight for your right to fair compensation for your images.
We will help you navigate legal complexities and take the strain off you, allowing you to spend your time and energy focusing on recovering. If you are a victim of a delivery truck driver’s negligence, it is essential that you have an experienced attorney at your side. An experienced attorney can help you build your claim by collecting and preserving valuable evidence so that you can receive the best possible outcome. Our firm has over 65 collective years of experience taking on major corporations. Contact us today by calling (800) 529-0804 or contacting us online to receive your no-cost, no-obligation legal consultation.