Delivery Truck Accidents
Day to day transit consists of a multitude of vehicles, to include commercial vehicles and delivery trucks on the road each day, as a Decatur truck accident lawyer can attest. It is likely the objective of each driver to man the roads in defensive manner to ensure that you do your part to preserve safety. As a driver, it would be safe to assume that most trucks are in good condition and the drivers actively obey the trucking regulations and the rules of the road. Despite all the hopes and assumptions, this is not always so and the results can be traumatizing.
The questions asked following truck accidents are basically the same questions that are asked following a regular car accident. Who was negligent? How did the accident occur? And what insurance coverages apply to the claim? Numerous circumstances can occur during truck accidents involving commercial vehicles and large vehicles. For example:
- Semi truck drivers are required to stop and rest at legally mandated intervals. Drivers’ logs, driver and expert testimony, witnesses’ testimony and other evidence can be used to prove that a truck driver was fatigued at the time of the accident.
- Semi trucks must be regularly maintained in order to be operated safely. Maintenance records obtained via the discovery process may prove the truck was unsafe to operate.
- Semi truck drivers are barred from operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, alcohol and certain prescription medication. If the driver was under the influence of a substance, or had a history of substance abuse that went unnoticed when he or she was hired, the driver or transportation company can be held liable for damages.
- Transportation companies are legally required to employ safe and cautious drivers, and to competently screen drivers. If a transport company fails to determine that a new hire has a history of traffic violations, it can be held liable.
If you have recently been involved in an accident with a delivery service truck or a trucking vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any wages loss or medical bills. Because you aren’t an attorney, you should reach out to someone who can assist you in determining if you have a claim to seek compensation for any inconvenience you were caused. While you are uncertain about the results, a skilled, trained attorney will do a good job assisting you with gaining clarity and figuring out the next step.
Thanks to contributor Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into delivery truck accident claims.