Delivery trucks make our lives more convenient, allowing us to order groceries, toys, and other items and have them dropped off right at our front door. However, like any other vehicle on the road, delivery trucks can be involved in serious accidents.
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and the need for long-term medical care. That is why it is so important for those injured in motor vehicle accidents to seek compensation from the liable person or party.
At Foley Law Firm in Scranton, PA, our attorneys can represent those injured in auto accidents involving delivery trucks. Contact our practice so we can go over your case with you and guide you on how to proceed with the next legal step.
Causes of Accidents with Delivery Trucks
The causes of motor vehicle accidents involving delivery trucks are often similar to crashes with other types of vehicles:
- Distracted driving, such as talking or texting on a cell phone
- Failure to yield
- Defective or poorly maintained vehicle parts
- Sudden stops
- Improper merging
- Driver fatigue
In some cases, the delivery truck driver may have made a negligent or reckless decision that contributed to the accident. In other cases, another driver may have caused a multiple car crash.
Whether you were a passenger or driver in an auto accident involving a delivery truck, you should review your case with an attorney at our Scranton practice to determine if you should pursue legal action.
When Is the Delivery Drive or Company Liable?
Delivery truck drivers should undergo a thorough screening process. This should involve:
- A criminal background check
- Certification for appropriate training
- Proper license
- Medical clearance to drive a commercial vehicle
If the delivery company exercised poor hiring or training policies that resulted in an unqualified driver on the job, the company may be liable for any damages resulting from the accident.
In addition, the delivery company is responsible for properly inspecting, maintaining, and repairing the vehicle. If the company failed to keep the vehicle in good condition, the company may be liable for the accident.
The driver may also be found partially or fully responsible if he or she was driving under the influence, recklessly speeding, or making another dangerous maneuver that contributed to the accident.
Finally, the manufacturer of a defective car part or an auto repair company that failed to properly maintain a vehicle could also be found partially or fully responsible for an accident.
What Kind of Damages Can I Seek?
If you were injured in an auto accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, it is important to show that another person or party acted negligently or recklessly, which caused your injuries. Our attorneys can investigate your case and provide evidence to show fault on the part of the trucking company, driver, manufacturer, auto repair company, or any other entity that contributed to the accident.
Contact Our Practice
To schedule a case evaluation, contact us online or call us in Scranton at (570) 342-8194.