With online shopping on the rise, delivery trucks from companies such as Amazon and UPS are a steady presence on Florida roads. Because the drivers of these trucks are sometimes untrained and often under pressure to complete their deliveries on time, they may speed, tailgate, or ignore signs and signals—all behaviors that can contribute to an accident. If you’re injured in a crash with a negligent truck driver, proving negligence can be a challenge in a personal injury claim.
Steps You Can Take to Strengthen Your Claim
After a crash with a delivery truck, if there is significant property damage or injury, you should always call the authorities and file a police report. Taking this step will ensure there’s a report about the accident if you decide to file a personal injury claim. Other steps to take include:
- Get prompt medical help. You should also see a doctor as soon as possible after the crash, even if you think your injuries are minor. Sometimes injuries are not immediately apparent, or seemingly minor injuries might be more serious than initially believed.
- Take photos or videos at the scene. If you are able and can do so safely, take pictures of the scene and all vehicles involved.
- Collect the contact information of eyewitnesses. You will also need the truck driver’s contact information and the name of the trucking company.
- Discuss only facts at the accident scene. Don’t apologize or say anything that might make you seem responsible for the crash.
- Obtain legal advice before talking with an insurance adjuster. You have no obligation to speak with an insurance adjuster—especially if an adjuster shows up at the scene of the crash.
Delivery Truck Crash Liability
It’s not always clear who is liable for a delivery truck crash. The truck driver may have been negligent in some way and caused the accident; however, liability can fall on the trucking company itself. Trucking companies are often held responsible for the actions of their employees, even if the truck driver was hired as a contractor. If the cargo was loaded improperly or there were mechanical problems with the truck, the driver may not be at fault.
Why You Need an Attorney
An attorney will investigate the crash and help determine liability, so you can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Experienced truck accident attorney Coy H. Browning may be able to help. Call today.