Austin Lawyer for Delivery Vehicle Accidents
Large online shopping websites like Ebay and Amazon were formed in the mid-1990’s, but have only recently reached the mega-status that we now know them to have. Advanced websites and smartphone access have only increased the statistics. It has become quick and convenient to simply login and shop from home. One or two clicks and your desired products are shipped to the destination of your choice. The industry has expanded to include meal and box food delivery and personal errand services. This has, in turn, boosted the delivery business and means more delivery vehicles on the road. If you have been injured in an accident, you need professional and compassionate representation. Contact an Austin Delivery Vehicle Accident Attorney at Treviño Law today.
How Accidents Happen
Delivery vehicles are known for their sudden stops, for pulling to the side of the road, and for rejoining road traffic frequently. Drivers have busy workloads and are often working on deadlines trying to ensure packages are delivered on time. For this reason, these drivers are subject to fatigue and inattentiveness. Here are some of the most common mistakes that can result in an accident with a delivery vehicle:
Distracted driving – One of the biggest causes of accidents for almost any kind of vehicle but for delivery drivers, they count on their GPS unit to locate destinations.
Poor or blocked visibility – Large box vans have few windows and many blind spots.
Reckless driving – Delivery trucks and vans dart off and back on the road frequently. Sometimes they do not look at their immediate surroundings.
Fatigue – Long hours and heavy lifting can make drivers physically tired.
Cargo problems – Overloaded, poorly secured or falling cargo can affect the stability of a truck or van, causing rollover accidents. Additionally, if a parcel falls from the vehicle it can easily cause an accident behind it.
Delivery vehicle accidents can create sizable damage to your automobile and result in devasting injuries. If you have suffered neck or back injuries, you could be out of work for weeks or months, making it hard to earn a living and provide for your family. Medical bills add up quickly and most American families are not prepared for the financial hardship that being in an accident brings. It is important to get the medical treatment you need and get back on your feet. If you have questions, then we have answers. Call today for a free confidential consultation. Treviño Law will be the dedicated advocate you need in your corner. Our goal is to maximize your recovery.
Who Is Responsible?
When a delivery vehicle is involved in an accident, there are multiple parties that may be held liable as a result, including the driver of the vehicle. While liability may seem to be cut and dry, there can be variable circumstances involved that complicate things. An example of this is if the driver is not actually employed by the company, but is considered an independent contractor, or otherwise acted in a personally irresponsible manner. Other negligent parties may include:
- The delivery company or the owner. In many situations, the delivery company is responsible for the behavior of its employees performing activities within the scope of their employment. Delivery providers such as UPS, Fed Ex, and the United States Postal Service are subject to federal guidelines enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes background screening, regular or random drug or alcohol tests, and driving regulations.
- Vehicle maintenance crew. Many large delivery service providers have their own maintenance garages and a team of employees to carry out that maintenance. Some use third parties. If the crew fails to correctly repair, replace or maintain parts on the delivery vehicles, and an accident occurs, they may be deemed negligent.
- Vehicle manufacturers. If a delivery truck accident happened as a result of a manufacturing defect, that manufacturer of the vehicle may be found to be responsible for a crash that occurred. Federal, state or local investigations and/or laws may apply in these situations.
Getting Help for your Delivery Vehicle Accident
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, let our Austin Personal Injury Attorneys help you protect your right to compensation. Texas has deadlines for filing a claim. Delaying or not reaching out for experienced legal guidance can be costing you money. At Treviño Law, our trusted team understands the complicated nature of delivery vehicle accidents. We will fight for you and give you the best possible chance for the maximum recovery in your case. Call (512) 401-3444 or fill out our online form.