Food trucks are a popular option for people looking to eat out but who would rather not sit down in a restaurant. Because these food trucks must move back and forth from their chosen locations on a daily basis, there are more of them on roads and highways. Although food trucks offer a variety of alternatives for a quick, tasty lunch, drivers can be negligent and pose potential risks to other drivers. If you’re involved in an accident with a food truck, contact an experienced truck accident attorney to help ensure you receive fair compensation.
Why Food Truck Accidents Can Be Serious
If you’re involved in a crash with a food truck, there are many reasons your injuries may be serious, including:
- The driver isn’t a professional. Driving a food truck isn’t easy, and those who operate these trucks are often professional cooks—not professional truck drivers. Handling a large vehicle that is heavier than most cars requires a solid understanding of how the weight of the truck affects the time it takes to brake and the size of the truck’s blind spots.
- There is potential for an explosion. Most food trucks need propane gas to operate their ovens and cooking surfaces, and many trucks store extra cooking fuel onboard. The tanks for this cooking fuel can move around during travel and the lines weaken or disconnect, increasing the risk of fire or an explosion during a collision.
- The driver is distracted or fatigued. Distracted driving and/or fatigued driving in any vehicle can be deadly. Food truck drivers may be exhausted for many reasons, including a long, early shift preparing food before customers ever arrive. And they may be distracted by the many job responsibilities they have for the day—ordering food and beverages, checking inventory, working with suppliers, and all tasks required by someone who owns their own business. This fatigue and distraction can cause a food truck driver to lose focus and not pay attention behind the wheel.
Types of Injuries From Food Truck Accidents
Injuries from a food truck accident can be serious or even fatal. Depending the type of accident, injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord or brain injuries
Steps to Take After an Accident With a Food Truck
After a food truck accident, there are several things to do immediately to protect a personal injury claim, including:
- Calling the police and obtaining a copy of the police report
- Seeking medical attention for any injuries, no matter how minor
- Collecting evidence such as the names of witnesses and other parties involved
- Contacting a truck accident attorney
In addition, avoid posting details about your accident on social media sites. You should also be careful about what you say to insurance adjusters.
Food Truck Crash Liability and Possible Compensation
It can be confusing to understand who is responsible for a foot truck accident. Possible parties that can be liable are:
- Food truck driver
- Food truck owner
- Manufacturer of the food truck
After a food truck accident, an attorney can help determine who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Compensation may include:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Contact an Attorney Today
If you have been involved in an accident with a food truck and need legal help, contact Browning Law Firm. To set up a free, no obligation consultation, fill out our online contact form, or call us today.