Delivery Vehicle Accidents
With the increase of on-line stores and food delivery options, the number of delivery vehicles in North Georgia have increased exponentially. With more delivery vehicles, comes more delivery vehicle accidents. A delivery vehicle is any truck or car that transports goods from one location to another. These include U.S. Postal Service trucks, UPS (United Parcel Service), Fed Ex (Federal Express), Amazon, Uber Eats, and restaurant delivery vehicles. While many of these delivery vehicles are covered under their employer’s insurance, others often are not. Larger companies engage expensive defense attorneys to protect them from having to pay compensation when their driver is at fault. Independent delivery drivers might be uninsured or underinsured. Understanding your rights after a collision with a delivery vehicle is important when establishing negligence and damages. Contact the Law Office of Casey W. Stevens for a complimentary case evaluation.How a Personal Injury Law Firm Can Assist Victims in a Delivery Vehicle Accident
Wrecks involving delivery vehicles are often the result of negligence. According to Georgia Code Title 51, negligence is the legal basis for most personal injury cases. Negligence is defined as the failure to exercise a certain degree of care to minimize risks of injury to others. For example, a driver of a moving truck who fails to secure the cargo door on their truck and a spill of contents on to a roadway results in a wreck, the driver of the delivery truck could be held liable for negligence.
Other types of negligence include speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, driver fatigue, drugs or alcohol use, failure to maintain a lane, following too closely, being distracted, etc. To prove negligence, your personal injury lawyer must be able to prove the other driver failed to use reasonable care while driving. Poor training of delivery drivers can also result in a crash due to negligence. In most cases, ensuring drivers have the proper training and licenses to operate the vehicles they are driving is the responsibility of the company that employs them. They are also responsible for making sure the delivery vehicles are properly maintained. For instance, trucks that have failing brakes can cause accidents. In some instances, faulty vehicle design or parts are the reason for the wreck, and a product liability claim can be brought against the vehicle manufacturer. In other instances, operating a delivery vehicle in conditions that are not safe can result in a wreck. For example, tractor-trailers operated in high winds are more likely to leave their lane and cause a collision.
Improper loading of delivery trucks and trailers can also result in accidents. Not only do box trucks and trailers have a maximum capacity, but failing to properly distribute the load can result in the vehicle's failure to maintain a lane, and can even flip over causing impact with other vehicles. Trailers attached to trucks or tractors must have a greater percentage of their weight distributed towards the tongue of the trailer to avoid swaying. Trailers and box trucks alike cannot have a heavier distribution of weight in the upper portion of the cargo space to avoid velocity that causes a flip over accident.Do You Need Advice After a Delivery Vehicle Collision?
If you were injured in a delivery vehicle accident, contact Casey William Stevens at our personal injury law offices today for a complimentary case evaluation. We serve clients across North Georgia from our five metro Atlanta locations in Alpharetta, Woodstock, Canton, Dawsonville, and Suwanee. If you can't come to us, we’ll be happy to meet you at a location more convenient to you. Let us put our award-winning service to work for you!