With the increase in the popularity of online delivery services, delivery van trucks fill the roads. With delivery drivers under pressure every day and attempting to deliver as many goods as possible in the shortest period of time, oftentimes, accidents with delivery van trucks occur and cause substantial injuries to other motorists and pedestrians on the roads. If you suffered losses due to a delivery van truck accident, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. Let us provide you with a free consultation to see how an Evanston delivery van truck accident lawyer may help you take legal action.
Negligence and Delivery Van Trucks
With the increasing demand for fast delivery services, many businesses recruit as many drivers as possible to deliver goods as quickly as possible. As a consequence, these delivery van companies increasingly end up hiring drivers who do not possess adequate training and who may have criminal convictions, addiction problems, or unsatisfactory driving records. If a delivery organization fails to adequately test or train its delivery van truck drivers, they are accountable and liable for any incidents or injuries arising from their decision to negligently hire or train their employees.
Causes of Delivery Van Truck Accidents
While every case of a delivery van truck accident will have different facts and circumstances, there are some different types of causes of delivery van truck accidents which can result from the following:
- Speeding, careless, reckless or negligent driving
- Stopping suddenly (or the inability to stop quickly enough and causing an accident)
- Improper loading of cargo or overloading of cargo
- Parking illegally causing another vehicle to collide with the delivery van truck
- The delivery van company hiring inexperienced delivery van truck drivers
- Inadequate or lack of any kind of training of delivery van truck drivers by delivery companies
- Distracted driving of the delivery van truck driver including looking up an address, attempting to locate a destination, talking with a passenger, talking on the phone, or texting and driving
- Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel of the delivery van truck
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Backing up incorrectly, causing an accident
- Failing to engage a parking brake, leaving the delivery van truck to roll into traffic or into other vehicles or pedestrians
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Liability for Delivery Van Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one suffered any kind of injury or losses due to a delivery van truck accident, you may have the right to pursue a claim under the law.
Personal Injury Claim
If a victim files a personal injury claim regarding injuries suffered in a delivery van truck accident, they must demonstrate that the truck driver of the delivery van or the delivery company acted negligently or recklessly, directly causing injury and harm. A personal injury claim can include claims against both the truck driver of the delivery van and the delivery company. Since the delivery van truck driver is an employee of the delivery company, under the legal doctrine of the respondeat superior, the delivery company is legally liable for the actions of all employees while they perform their work duties.
If your loved one suffered injuries that resulted in death due to a delivery van truck accident, you can legally bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one. While your wrongful death claim will never bring back your loved one, you are likely facing unexpected bills such as funeral costs, unpaid medical bills, lost wages, loss of future wages, as well as intangible losses such as the loss of future wages, loss of consortium, or the pain and suffering of your loved one before they passed away. The persons that are typically able to file a wrongful death claim include parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and other family members.
Personal injury claims or wrongful death claims that argue that a defective part or component of the delivery van truck directly caused the delivery van truck accident, or made the accident worse, will rest upon product liability law, which is a strict liability law. Strict liability law simply means that if a defective part in the delivery van truck existed, then it inherently proves negligence on the part of the manufacturer.
Some of the deliveries done in the United States are still done by the United States Postal Service (USPS) through their own delivery van mail trucks. If your accident happened with a USPS van delivery truck, your claim against the federal government for injuries and losses may prove legally complex and challenging. Filing a claim directly against a government entity is completely different than filing a claim against a private company, and different laws and statutes of limitations (deadlines) will apply.
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If you, or a loved one, suffered injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages or death due to a delivery van truck accident, you may feel overwhelmed at the decisions you need to make regarding how to proceed with a claim to receive compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation. We can help you understand how an Evanston delivery van truck accident lawyer may help you file a claim against the parties liable for your injuries.