There are many types of trucks on the road in the United States of America, from tractor trailers and construction vehicles to farm equipment and delivery trucks. Many businesses and individuals send and receive deliveries at their offices and homes, and FedEx, DHL, UPS, USPS and other delivery van and large trucks are a common sight on both interstates and suburban roads. Another vehicle used in the package delivery industry are 18-wheelers tractor-trailer trucks, and these typically travel on the interstates, transferring letters and packages between distribution centers all over the country. The trucks that make the rounds on city and suburban roads are often smaller, but don’t let their size deceive you – some of the smaller vehicles carry heavy loads of up to 80,000 or more pounds.
It is well known that the drivers of delivery trucks are under a lot of stress during the holiday season, when weather delays and heavy shipping volume compete with the demand to get those packages to their intended destinations in time for them to be given as gifts. While news stories often talk about the holiday shipping rush, they often fail to mention that delivery drivers are very busy all of the time. Drivers must balance safety with efficiency as they work to deliver all kinds of items to all kinds of places on time, day in and day out.
The size and weight of delivery trucks makes for a great deal of damage to both people and property when there is an accident. The drivers of delivery trucks are also at greater risk for injury than other drivers, due to the design of their trucks. Features like open doors, which make it easy for drivers to get perform their jobs efficiently, increase the risk that a driver will fall out of the truck during a crash. Unfortunately, there have been delivery accidents which resulted in delivery driver fatalities due to ejectment.
The companies that own the delivery trucks that we see every day understand that accidents are part and parcel of doing business. Dealing with a delivery company after a delivery truck crash is similar to dealing with a trucking company after a tractor trailer accident. Package delivery services commonly dispatch their own motor vehicle accident response teams right after an accident, to collect evidence at the scene. Know that the accident response team is on the scene to protect the financial interests of the shipping company, which means these investigators do not have your financial interests in mind. You are not obligated to talk to them, so it is best to remain calm and courteous while avoiding answering their questions. Also, as is the case with all accidents, it is likely that accident victims will be contacted by the company’s insurance company shortly after the accident. Companies do this in the hope that at least some of the accident victims will accept settlements that are less than what their claims are worth.
The Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP devote a significant portion of their practice to helping injured victims recover from the physical and emotional injuries that they have suffered as the result of an accident. At Parker Waichman LLP, we pride ourselves on helping our clients pursue the results that they deserve. If you would like to discuss your potential auto accident case with our office, contact us today at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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