Delivery trucks are all around us here in Los Angeles. Due to the overwhelming popularity of online shopping sites, millions of packages are shipped every day. This means more delivery trucks on our roads, all trying to keep up with demand. Usually, we don’t give them a second thought, unless something goes wrong. If you were injured in an accident with a delivery truck, call the experienced truck attorneys at The Dominguez Firm for a free consultation today at 800-818-1818. And if you’re concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney, know that you don’t pay unless we win. So call today!
What’s Considered a Delivery Truck?
Delivery trucks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Take FedEx, UPS and Amazon, for example. On any given day, they have millions of delivery trucks on the road between the three of them. Their fleets run the gamut from 18-wheelers and box trucks to vans. All are considered delivery trucks.
While the damage an 18-wheeler can inflict is obvious, a speeding delivery van can also cause serious injuries, especially if you’re on a bike or walking.
What are the Most Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents?
Many factors contribute to delivery truck accidents. One of the biggest is the pressure drivers are under to stick to strict delivery schedules. That can lead to speeding and erratic driving. Other factors include:
- Overloaded or incorrectly loaded cargo
- Being distracted while driving
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving, such as not obeying traffic signs
- Poor delivery truck driver training
- Delivery trucks that are not properly maintained
Delivery truck drivers checking directions, their schedules and text messages while driving also leads to accidents, often with major injuries to anyone in the passenger car.
What’s My Delivery Truck Accident Worth?
As with any other type of vehicle accident, the extent of your injuries plays a major part in determining the damages (the legal term for financial compensation) that you’re entitled to. Below are some of the most commonly awarded damages for delivery truck accident victims:
- Medical bills, both past, present and future
- Loss of past and future income
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries are severe enough to require a career change
- Long term or lifetime care for permanent injuries
- If needed, home modifications
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you suffered the loss of a loved one in a delivery truck accident, you could also be entitled to what’s known as loss of consortium due to their untimely death.
Every case is different and no attorney or law firm can give exact amounts when estimating the value of your case. However, they can look at past cases with similar circumstances to yours to get a general idea of what your case might be worth.
Am I Suing the Driver or the Company?
Generally, drivers are employees of the company they drive for. However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes they’re independent contractors. An experienced delivery truck attorney can carefully sort through all the facts to determine who should be held responsible.
Do I Need an Attorney if I’ve Been Injured in a Delivery Truck Accident?
Frankly, yes you do. Delivery truck accidents can involve multiple defendants. You can be sure the delivery truck company will have attorneys representing them. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a delivery truck accident, you’ve suffered major trauma. Do you really want to have to face one or more opposing attorneys on your own after everything you’ve been through?
The truck accident lawyers at The Dominguez Firm have over 30 years of experience handling all types of truck accident cases. With over half a billion dollars recovered for our clients, we have the know-how and resources to make the insurance companies and big corporations pay. We’ll handle your delivery truck accident case so you can concentrate on your recovery.
And if you’re worried about the cost of hiring a lawyer, know that at The Dominguez Firm, you incur no out of pocket expenses. And you don’t pay unless we win. If you’ve been in an accident with a delivery truck while driving, riding your bike or as a pedestrian, call The Dominguez Firm right away. We offer free and confidential consultations at 800-818-1818. Waiting can hurt your case, so call us today!