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Watch Out for that Delivery Truck

Delivery Truck

Online shopping has become a way of life. Delivery of goods, which now includes groceries, fast food, prescriptions and more, saves us from risking possible COVID-19 exposure. The delivery truck experience is contactless, convenient and allows us to social distance.

Federal Express. UPS. Amazon and more. The number of delivery trucks on our Kansas City highways and residential streets seems to have dramatically increased. Those driving in residential areas need to be mindful of kids playing in the neighborhood, people walking their dogs, running, and biking.

Delivery truck drivers are under pressure to deliver packages in a timely yet safe manner.


What Contributes to a Delivery Truck Accident?

No matter if one is driving on the interstate or a residential street, accidents happen. A driver does not have to be going fast to inflict serious, life-threatening injuries to a pedestrian or on another vehicle.

Factors that increase the chance of an accident with a delivery truck include:

Backing up and/or stopping without notice. It is best to ensure there is plenty of space between your vehicle and a delivery truck. They make frequent stops, sudden stops and back up many times without always doing due diligence to ensure no one is behind their vehicle.

Drowsy driving can be a problem for anyone; however, delivery drivers may be more susceptible. They drive long hours without a break, which can affect reaction time, judgment and more.

Improper loading or failing to secure a load properly can cause the items in the back of the truck to shift and fall over. This sudden movement can make it hard to control the truck and it could potentially roll over.

Lack of experience and/or training. Delivery companies need to ensure that those driving commercial vehicles have the skills, training and licensing required. Accidents happen when the company responsible fails to train their drivers properly. Inexperience can lead to serious driving mishaps.

Poor maintenance can mean flat tires, blowouts, brake malfunctions and more, which can cause a driver to lose control.

Manufacturing defects and flaws in the design of components of the truck can happen as well as driver distraction, driver error and driver impairment.

As with semitrucks, delivery trucks tend to weigh more and be larger than a standard passenger vehicle. This disparity in size in a collision can mean serious injuries to passengers in the other motor vehicle.


Liability in a delivery Truck Accident

Typically, when an accident involves a negligent delivery truck driver, the company that employs or contracts the driver is usually the one responsible, but that can depend on the circumstances of your accident. Responsible parties can be:

  • The truck driver
  • The company that employs the truck driver or owns the truck
  • The manufacturer of the truck’s parts
  • The shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo

An experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine who may be responsible for compensating you.


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