Delivery trucks moving goods from one location to another are a common sight on Louisiana streets. However, this also means that accidents involving delivery trucks happen regularly. These collisions can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal cord injury, internal bleeding, broken bones, disfigurement, and other serious injuries.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a delivery truck for FedEx, UPS, or another company bringing goods to private homes or businesses, you are entitled to compensation for your accident-related damages. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, associated property damage, and pain and suffering. Since insurance companies are typically in no hurry to settle these claims, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your interests is often the best way to protect your right to compensation.
Factors Contributing to Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery trucks are often referred to as box trucks due to their distinctive shape. They are chassis cab trucks with an enclosed cube-shaped cargo area. The cargo area is generally separate from the cab, but some vehicles do have a door connecting the two areas.
Since they are typically designed to carry a maximum load of 26,000 lbs., you generally don’t need a CDL to operate a delivery truck. However, their high profile makes these vehicles significantly more challenging to drive than a typical passenger car.
Some common factors contributing to accidents involving delivery trucks include:
- Making deliveries on busy city streets leaves drivers with little room to maneuver.
- Delivery drivers must make frequent stops that may not be anticipated by other motorists.
- Tight deadlines can lead to poor judgment behind the wheel such as parking illegally and blocking the flow of traffic.
- Drivers are often working long hours, which means they may be drowsy or distracted.
- Drivers travel to several different areas and may not be familiar with the roads.
- Companies with high turnover may be recruiting delivery truck drivers who are inexperienced and/or not properly trained.
- Companies trying to save money may skimp on the required maintenance needed to keep delivery trucks running safely.
- Motorists who are inexperienced or inattentive may put themselves at risk by tailgating or being in a delivery truck’s blind spot.
High-speed accidents involving delivery trucks are the most dangerous, but serious injuries can still occur at lower speeds due to the size and weight discrepancy between these vehicles and a typical passenger car.
Potentially Liable Parties
Accidents involving delivery trucks can be complicated because there are often multiple parties who could be held liable. For example:
- The delivery truck driver
- The driver’s employer
- The truck owner’s parent company
- The manufacturer of the truck
- The manufacturer of a defective truck part
- A maintenance company that worked on the truck
- The driver of a third vehicle involved in the accident
Determining liability involves looking at a wide range of evidence, including accident photos, eyewitness testimony, law enforcement reports, and opinions from an accident reconstructionist. Records from the driver’s employer regarding hiring and supervision practices may also be necessary.
In many cases, a personal injury claim involves two or more parties who are each partially at fault for the accident. This makes the case harder to resolve, since each party will want to assign blame to the other in order to minimize its financial losses.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
Companies that own and operate delivery trucks generally carry substantial insurance policies, but they will not be eager to pay your claim. Keeping their profits high requires them to use every avenue available to minimize your settlement.
Have You Been Injured In A Louisiana Truck Accident?
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