Delivery Vehicle Accidents
Woodbridge Delivery Truck Accident Attorney for Auto Wrecks
Online shopping and immediate delivery services have grown in popularity. Consequently, so have the number of box trucks, UPS vehicles and FedEx vans on New Jersey roads. While their services may be invaluable, these kinds of vehicles can cause serious injuries if they are in a truck accident with a smaller passenger car. Accidents caused by delivery trucks and vans are different from regular car crashes. This is because the company that owns the vehicle, not the driver, will most likely be responsible for compensating you through their insurance policy or a personal injury settlement. Therefore, if you are in an accident, it is important to determine if the vehicle that hit you was in fact a commercial vehicle and exactly what caused the crash.
If you are hurt by the driver of a commercial vehicle in New Jersey, a delivery truck accident attorney from the Spevack Law Firm offers experienced representation. We can help investigate the accident to determine who is to blame. We will then fight to get you the money you deserve to cover medical bills and other expenses. Our law firm has been standing up for the rights of accident victims for nearly 90 years. So, we know what it takes to get results. In one Essex County injury case, our delivery truck accident attorney was able to help a victim secure a jury verdict of over $2.7 million after a crash with a garbage truck.
What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle?
A commercial vehicle is any truck or van owned by a business that transports goods or people from one place to another. These include big rigs as well as all types of delivery trucks, box trucks, panel trucks, and the vehicles used by UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service. Delivery vehicles are not as big or heavy as semi trucks. However, they can still cause serious accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries.
Large corporations often own many delivery trucks and commercial vehicles. These companies may then try to bully victims into low settlements. It can be difficult to tell your side of the story when a delivery truck driver has corporate lawyers and powerful insurance companies on his or her side. That is why it is important that you contact a delivery truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash. Ideally, talk to a lawyer before you speak to an insurance agent.
What Causes Delivery Truck Accidents?
Unlike semi trucks, a driver does not require a special license or any additional certification to drive a commercial vehicle. However, panel trucks and delivery vans take longer to stop and have different maneuverability capabilities than ordinary vehicles. Since many companies do not offer additional training to their delivery drivers, many are not prepared for these differences. This could then cause a serious truck accident. Besides driver inexperience, there are many other common causes of commercial vehicle accidents such as:
- Unreasonable deadlines. One of the biggest challenges faced by delivery truck drivers is a harsh deadline. Often, companies will schedule too many deliveries in too short a time span. This then causes drivers to speed to try to avoid penalties for being late. This is especially true around the holidays, since most delivery companies get extra orders during those times. This may then make a UPS or FedEx truck accident more likely.
- Dangerous parking. The key to deliveries is a driver being able to drop off a package quickly. This means finding good parking close to the target location. This is often difficult given crowded city streets or during rush hour. As a result, a delivery driver might double park or otherwise park improperly. This increases the likelihood of a wreck with another driver, who was not expecting the delivery vehicle to be illegally or improperly parked.
- Poorly loaded cargo. If a delivery van is loaded improperly, the cargo may shift, which can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle or a rollover accident.
- Overdue maintenance. Delivery companies are responsible for performing routine maintenance checks and repairs on their trucks and vans. However, many companies skip these services as a way to save time or money. This can result in mechanical errors which can cause dangerous commercial vehicle accidents.
- Defective parts. If an equipment defect, such as defective tries, causes a delivery truck accident, the manufacturing company may be to blame.
- Drunk or distracted driving. Delivery truck drivers can be prone to the same kinds of negligent behavior as any driver. This includes driving while intoxicated and texting while driving. These activities can be especially dangerous for a delivery driver. This is because commercial vehicles can cause much more extensive damage than an ordinary car.
Some types of delivery trucks are available for rent. This means that a layperson, rather than a professional driver operates the truck. If your car is hit by a U-Haul or similar vehicle, it is difficult to determine who is at fault. In general, the driver and company can be responsible for the damages, regardless of who owns the vehicle.
Contact a New Jersey Delivery Truck Accident Attorney for More Information
If you have been injured in a FedEx or UPS truck accident, or a crash involving any kind of commercial vehicle, the personal injury lawyers at the Spevack Law Firm can answer your questions. We have decades of experience with commercial vehicle accidents. We help you get compensation for your medical bills, car repairs or the wrongful death of a family member.
With the assistance of a delivery truck accident attorney, you can hold negligent drivers and companies accountable. Call one of our offices today, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.