Hit by a Delivery Driver? Their Employer Might Be Liable.

Hit by a Delivery Driver? Their Employer Might Be Liable.

During the winter months, holiday-related deliveries are at an all-time high and in 2020, online sales grew nearly 45% and show no signs of stopping; therefore, it’s a great time to talk about what to do if you are hit by a delivery driver while driving in your vehicle. While we rely on delivery companies to get us our orders timely, a delivery truck driver rushing on their route can cause a commercial truck accident. Delivery vans and truck drivers are subject to additional legal responsibilities beyond those of a passenger vehicle driver. When they fail to live up to these duties and their negligence causes injuries or even death, those affected can seek out and obtain financial compensation for their losses.

Types of Delivery Trucks

Delivery drivers work across a variety of industries including the delivery of retail goods, but also food delivery, grocery deliver, mail delivery, and more. Accidents involving delivery trucks are usually complex. If, for example, you are hit by a United States Postal Service truck, your case will involve a government agency.

We handle claims for personal injuries resulting from delivery truck accidents against companies including but not limited to:

  • Federal Express or FedEx
  • United Parcel Service or UPS
  • Box Trucks
  • Large Vans
  • Pizza Delivery Vehicles
  • Customized Vehicles
  • Mail Trucks, the United States Postal Service or USPS
  • Flatbed Trucks
  • Armored Trucks
  • Flower Delivery Vans
  • DHL Delivery Trucks
  • Uber Eats Delivery Vehicles
  • Furniture Delivery Trucks
  • Amazon Delivery Vans
  • Door Dash Delivery Vehicles
  • Amazon Prime Cargo Vehicles
  • Catering Vehicles
  • Instacart Delivery Vehicles

The pervasiveness of delivery truck accidents is surprising. UPS trucks were involved in 2,681 crashes in the two years prior to April 2021; 961 resulted in personal injuries and 58 collisions were fatal. During the same time period, FedEx Ground reported 2,436 accidents that resulted in 794 collisions with injuries and 80 fatal crashes.

Delivery Accident Liability

The need for delivery vehicles and their drivers continues to rise, which has only increased the number of delivery truck accidents. While delivery truck or van drivers must obey the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) guidelines, accidents still occur. Common causes of delivery truck driver negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
  • Failing to Abide by Traffic Signs and Signals (e.g., failure to yield)
  • Blind Spots
  • Driving Without a CDL
  • Inexperience Due to Increased Driver Demand
  • Improper Training
  • Lack of Vehicle Knowledge
  • Sudden Stops
  • Reversing
  • Failure to Comply with State and Federal Safety Regulations
  • Improper Lookout
  • Fatigue

A liability determination is crucial to ensure that truck crash victims identify all potentially responsible parties so they can recover financial damages from every possible defendant for their losses. A variety of parties can be held legally responsible when a delivery driver hits another car, including their employer, the truck owner, the truck driver, the cargo loader, companies that performed maintenance and/or repairs, automotive manufacturers, and more. Investigating to find out the root cause of the collision to prove that the driver, company, and/or another third party was responsible requires the experience of a seasoned Texas motor vehicle accident lawyer.

When delivery trucks are involved in an accident, the companies that employ or contract with the drivers are usually the defendants left to fight the bulk of your injury claims. Many trucking companies are large corporations represented by a high-paid team of experienced lawyers whose job it is to keep any payouts low or to avoid paying claims altogether. Although trucking companies are required by federal law to carry significant insurance for their drivers and vehicles (e.g., FedEx has liability insurance for their vehicles with a combined single limit of $5 million and UPS has liability insurance with a limit of $1 million), they and their insurance companies both have a vested interest in keeping payouts as low as possible.

Lubbock Car Crash Lawyers

A delivery truck crash can cause severe injuries for other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. If you are a truck accident victim, you need to spend your time recovering mentally and physically. Let Liggett Law Group identify liable parties, gather evidence, and investigate the crash. With our legal team on your side, you and your loved ones will receive personal attention with an aggressive approach to win your case. You don’t pay us anything unless we obtain financial compensation for your damages. Since the applicable Texas statute of limitations requires you to file a lawsuit within two years after your accident, if you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a delivery truck accident, contact us today.