We are in the throes of the gift-giving season. Because of this, you may have noticed an increase in delivery trucks in your neighborhood or on the roadways. Now, what happens if you are involved in an accident with one of these large trucks? Who can be held liable? Our attorneys at Mitchell & West, LLC discuss what you may do if you are involved in a delivery truck accident.
Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
There are many factors that can lead to a truck accident. One of the most common is speeding and driver error. This is especially true now during the busy season. Drivers who are rushing to make deliveries on time or ahead of schedule may not adhere to traffic laws, thus causing a collision with an unsuspecting driver.
Another cause of a delivery truck accident could actually be the cargo inside the truck. If the packages are not loaded correctly, it can be a danger. The heavy weight of the cargo may throw off the truck’s center of gravity or cause the driver to lose control. Additionally, if the cargo is not secure, it could move around the cabin and distract the driver.
Delivery Truck Accident Liability
There are a few different parties who may be held liable after a delivery truck accident. Most commonly, the delivery truck company would be held liable. For example, if an Amazon Prime truck driver causes an accident, Amazon the company may be required to cover the damages. In other cases, the driver themselves may be held responsible if they were negligent and reckless. Finally, individual manufacturers of truck parts could be responsible if faulty machinery within the vehicle was the cause of the accident.
Filing a Truck Accident Personal Injury Claim
Moving forward with a personal injury claim after an accident can be confusing and stressful. This is where Mitchell & West, LLC comes in. Our attorneys can help you begin the process of filing a claim and work to ensure the highest amount of compensation possible. Reach out to our team today to get started; click here or call (305) 783-3301.