Accidents affecting delivery trucks –such as United Parcel Service (UPS) trucks, FedEx trucks, and other delivery service vehicles – often end in horrible injuries or death to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These accidents may be caused by lack of driver training, driver negligence, negligent maintenance of a truck, among other causes of delivery truck accidents.
1. Sudden halts: Delivery trucks usually travel fast and grind into sudden halts, even on busy roads. This can cause havoc on traffic and lead to unnecessary accidents.
2. Overloaded cargo: Filling a truck with excess load can cause a truck to topple over especially when speeding.
Poorly secured cargo: If the c cargo being ferried is not secured properly it will cause weight shift which can lead to a truck rollover. Also, poorly secured goods can fall out of a moving truck.
3. Distracted driving: This is one of the major cause of accidents for any type of vehicle, but delivery drivers are particularly prone to distraction while driving if they’re giving too much attention to calls from radio, a map or GPS unit, telephone dispatch, or even texting from mobile devices.
4. Poor maintenance: If a delivery truck isn’t kept in safe working condition, breakdowns can cause severe accidents.
How can a delivery truck lawyer help you?
Truck accident lawsuits can be complicated and costly to finish. After an accident, you should recognize that several possible parties might be liable for compensating you for injuries and damages. Getting responsible defendants is a complex process and a reason why a competent delivery lawyer should be hired. Those who might be potential defendants liable for your injuries and property damage include:
Parties involved in Truck Accident: These include the driver(s) who may have been involved in the truck’s accident.
Defective truck manufacturing: defective manufacturing of vehicle parts such as the engine and tires can contribute to a truck accident.
The truck owner: although the owner of a truck may not be behind wheels when the accident occurs he or she might be liable for the truck driver’s negligence. A good example is when the owner denies the truck drivers a job leave or makes them work for extended hours leading to fatigue which ultimately leads to an accident. In such a scenario a delivery truck lawyer should be able to prosecute for additional charges imposed on the owner as a punitive measure for not observing job ethics. A competent truck accident lawyer should be able to identify liable parties and conclude if they obeyed rules and regulations intended to curb such truck crashes.
Poor maintenance of a truck: A repair company that has made faulty repairs that led to an accident happening should be held liable for the damages. Your truck accident attorney should be able to investigate and pursue lawsuits against such defendants.
Government Boards Accountable for roads maintenance: Accidents may happen due to the bad state of roads. Some truck accidents may have been avoided had the government maintained the roads in good condition or rail; guards had been erected at the appropriate place. Your truck accident lawyer to able to pick out such issues and conduct proper investigations.
If you are involved in an accident with a large truck, contact the Austin truck accident attorneys at Terry & Kelly, PLLC as soon as possible to learn more about your options and to protect your interests. Call our experienced legal team at 512-910-2000 to schedule a free consultation and obtain a case evaluation.