Delivery Truck Accidents and Injuries
Due to the size and weight of delivery trucks, anytime there is a vehicle accident involving a delivery truck, odds are serious injuries will occur.
Delivery trucks like UPS or moving trucks can cause serious injuries to those involved in the accident.
Delivery truck accident cases are more complex than car accident cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a delivery truck accident, you should consult with a delivery truck accident lawyer.
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Delivery Truck Accident Statistics
- Did you know that one in eight car crash fatalities involves trucks and commercial vehicles?
- Did you also know that 4% of all injuries sustained in vehicle accidents are caused by trucks?
- When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, 86% of the deaths and 77% of the injured are the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles involved in the accident.
According to a May 2016 report by the NHTSA, in the year 2014 there were 3,903 truck related fatalities and an increase of 17 percent compared with 95,000 incidents in the year 2013.
In 2014 there were 111,000 accidents involving cargo trucks where the victims had some type of injury.
- 74% of the victims were people in other vehicles.
- 23% were truck drivers or truck passengers and 3% were pedestrians and bicyclists.
- The largest percentage of victims is 16.8% aged 26-35.
Companies, freights, and drivers of delivery vans and trucks may be subject to FMCSA regulations or similar state laws, including service hours, alcohol consumption, text messaging, and telephone usage of a cell phone.
These laws are intended to protect the public from negligent drivers without training or experience.
Common Causes For Delivery Truck Accidents
Operating a delivery truck requires some skill, experience, and attention.
In spite of this, the negligent driver can cause an accident by these actions:
- Distraction: Delivery truck drivers often travel to unfamiliar areas and may be focused on finding the right address or street instead of driving.
- Sending texts and using the phone: Some companies have a dispatcher who stays in continuous contact with drivers, even when the motorists are driving. Drivers can receive calls, too, from their customers while on the road.
- Blind spots: Delivery trucks are manufactured as large boxes to carry stuff, in large quantity, and in many packages. An inexperienced driver could change lanes without noticing all the blind spots they have.
- Speeding: The goal of the delivery truck driver is to make the delivery on time which may tempt him to increase the speed, especially if it is delayed by heavy traffic or any other cause.
- Fatigue: Drivers have difficult schedules, often they start in early hours and end, sometimes, late at night. The problem of tired drivers increases during the holiday season as they try to complete their tasks and promise to deliver on time.
- Inexperience: Due to the current economy, many drivers are temporary workers rather than employed. They lack, oftentimes, the training and experience that is typical in the industry.
- Poor Road Conditions: Some roads are in bad shape and potholes, missing lane dividers, etc. can cause a crash.
- Tire Blowouts: Tires eventually wear down and can blow out if they are not repaired or replaced on schedule.
Common Injuries Related to Delivery Truck Accidents
- Brain injuries – Brain injuries are among the most serious of all damages suffered by victims of delivery truck accidents. Symptoms of head injuries following an accident include memory loss, chronic headaches, potential for vision lost, and changes in cognition or mental capacity prior to injury.
- Neck injury – Victims of delivery truck accidents often suffer from neck injuries.
- Bone fractures – Bone fractures are painful and serious injuries that can cause a number of medical problems if they are not cared for properly.
- Amputation or loss of a body part – One of the most serious and devastating injuries that can result from a delivery truck accident is the loss of a body part or limbs. These injuries require long-term physical therapy, prosthetics, and often involve psychological trauma.
- Death – The most serious result of any delivery truck accident is death.
Types of Delivery Trucks
- Tank Trucks: Tank trucks are a type of semi-truck that are known as “hazardous material transports.” These trucks bring gasoline to gas stations.
- Refrigerator Trucks: When the cargo needs to be kept cold during transportation, a refrigerated truck is required. These trucks are not cold in the cab of the truck but are refrigerated all throughout the cargo area of the truck.
- Wide Loads: Wide, or oversized, loads are the largest vehicles ever seen on a road. They are usually marked with yellow signage and flashing lights to indicate their large size.
- Freightliners: A broader name for a Freightliner is semi-truck (or “semi” for short). Freightliner is actually a specific brand of heavy-duty truck often used to carry large loads of various cargo.
- Mail Trucks: Mail trucks are used by both federal post office workers and corporate mail delivery companies. UPS and Fed Ex.
- Food Truck: You see these mobile restaurants in corporate parks, construction sites, etc.
- Flower Delivery: Think of 1-800 flowers
- Furniture Truck: Ikea and other companies delivering furniture
Do I Need a Lawyer?
The Avrek law firm pursues the corporation responsible for your delivery truck accident.
To discuss your claim in detail, contact our California accident attorneys.
Your consultation is free and with our contingency fee plan, you do not owe us any attorney fees until we win your case.
Do Not attempt to fight the aggressive insurance companies alone.
What is My Delivery Truck Accident Settlement Worth?
Once liability has been established in your delivery truck accident case, the next step will be to prove, explain, and quantify the seriousness of your injuries.
Settling a delivery truck accident case that had serious injuries is complex and can take a while to reach the end.
You want to make sure and follow all of your doctor’s orders as failing to do so can hurt your case (the insurance company can use it against you).
Our mission is to make sure that you receive compensation for economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Fallen wages and lost productivity
- Pain and suffering
- Material damage to your vehicle
- Refund for car rental
- Costs of assistive devices such as wheelchairs or walkers
- Travel expenses for medical appointments
- Scars and disfigurement
- Compensation for damages (in certain cases)
Which Laws Regulate Delivery Trucks?
The upward trend and growth of delivery truck accidents throughout the country continues to attract attention at a national level, in particular, from the FMCSA and the NHTSA.
The most recent measures to improve delivery truck safety have involved:
- The development of stricter standards for service hours that determine how long delivery truck drivers can stay behind the wheel.
- A proposal to impose a maximum speed limit for heavy delivery trucks.
- A proposal to avoid rollovers by requiring stability control systems in delivery trucks.
- The rejection of a petition to override the requirement that heavy trucks have anti-lock brakes.
What to Do After an Accident With Delivery Truck
Below we have included a brief overview of what steps you need to worry about after being in an accident.
- Do not sign any documents unless it is for the police or your insurance agent.
- Immediately take notes regarding the accident, including specific damage to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc.
- If the name on the delivery truck registration is different from the driver’s name, find about the commercial relationship.
- Be nice, but do not tell anyone that the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.
- Indicate only the facts and just analyze the accident with the police and your insurance agent and/or lawyer.
- If possible, do not leave the scene of the accident before the police and other drivers, even if it was a low impact crash.
- Be sure to get a copy of the police report once it’s ready
- Learn about getting lost wages after an accident