Delivery Truck Accidents
With the rise and expansion of Amazon.com and people using the Internet more and more to deliver goods and services to their homes and businesses, there are increasingly more and more delivery trucks on the road.
Sometimes these trucks are marked and obvious with certain company names, such as Nike and Amazon.com, and other times the delivery trucks are not marked with the name of the company or the content inside. Regardless of the content inside, these delivery trucks can be very dangerous and pose considerable risk to people on the road who have been struck by them.Delivery Truck Washington State Laws
In Seattle and Kirkland, there are many delivery trucks on the road and these delivery trucks pose special problems to drivers. If you have been struck by a delivery truck in Seattle or Kirkland, you likely have a claim against the delivery truck company. The company has a duty to ensure that the delivery truck they are putting on the road is safe and compliant with state law.
The most common forms of delivery trucks are:
- UPS trucks
- Fedex trucks
- Amazon delivery trucks
- Postal trucks
- Moving trucks
- Pizza delivery trucks, including Dominoes and Poppa Johns
- Box trucks
- Uber Eats and other food delivery trucks
- Appliance delivery trucks, such as Best Buy
- Armored cars
- Package delivery
All of these kinds of companies have a duty, as mentioned, to make sure that their vehicles are safe. In addition, they must make sure that their drivers are properly trained and understand how best to navigate the large 18-wheelers and semi-truck they are operating. The most common forms of driver negligence are:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Inattentive driving, such as cell phone usage
- Driver inexperience
Despite how it may seem, the best option is usually to bring suit against the delivery truck company and not the driver who caused the accident. This is because the delivery truck company has a duty to make sure the driver they have hired has a clean driving record and the driver has passed his or her tests to make sure he or she has a valid commercial driver’s license, known as a CDL license. These tests are not easy to pass. Truckers must have passed difficult physical and mental tests to ensure they are compliant with state law. In addition to this, trucking companies must make sure that they have put a truck on the road that is safe to operate. Sometimes they do not do this, or sometimes they do not properly train a truck driver, and because of that, an accident is caused.Common Delivery Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been injured by a delivery truck, your injuries are likely severe because there is a very large imbalance between the size and weight of a car versus a delivery truck. If you are injured by a delivery truck, it is best to seek immediate medical care from a qualified doctor. You do not just need to see a doctor, such as an osteopath or physician.
You may also find it helpful to see a chiropractor, massage therapist, or physical therapist. All of these healthcare professionals can help you recover from your injuries. The most common injuries from a truck accident are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Soft tissue injuries
Depending on the kind of injury you are suffering, this will determine the kind of medical professional you should seek out. Injuries that are more of a soft tissue nature, such as sprains and strains, are probably best treated by a chiropractor and a physiatrist. Broken bones are best treated by an osteopath. In any case, seeking medical care from a doctor, who can then direct your medical care, is best for that healthcare provider to recommend and direct.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
The Jackman Law Firm can help you obtain the following after you have been injured in a truck accident:
- Recover money for medical bills
- Recover money for pain and suffering
- Recover money for lost wages
- Recover money for loss of consortium
- Recover money for out of pocket expenses
You are entitled to recover money for all of those things. However, as you may imagine, the insurance company for the trucking company may not be eager to pay you what you are owed for this. If this is the case, you need an attorney who can fight for you to make sure you are receiving the money you are owed for what you’ve been through. In addition, there may be instances where the trucking company’s insurance company alleges that you caused the accident. Often times this happens when the driver alleges the driver swerved suddenly in front of the truck, or when the traffic comes to a sudden stop.
If this happens, then it is incumbent on you to prove your case and prove that you did nothing wrong. This may require some work on your part to prove. For instance, an attorney can help you by interviewing witnesses, sending subpoenas to obtain witness statements and surveillance videos, and interviewing the police, assuming they came to the scene of the crash.
If you have questions or concerns about this process, feel free to call us for a free consultation.