There are more than 13 billion packages shipped throughout the U.S. every year. As a result, it’s rare to drive or walk down a street and not see at least one delivery truck drive down the road.
For the most part, delivery truck drivers go out of their way to stay as safe as possible while they’re out making their deliveries. They do their best to avoid accidents involving other drivers or pedestrians.
But every now and then, a delivery truck will collide with a car or someone walking down the street. And since most delivery trucks are on the larger side, they’ll often cause serious injuries when they do.
Were you recently involved in an accident with a delivery truck? You might be wondering who was responsible for the accident and what to do next.
Read on to learn more.
Were You Responsible for the Accident?
Regardless of whether you were driving a car or walking down the street when you were hit by a delivery truck, there is a chance you may have been to blame for it.
Police will conduct an investigation on the accident after it takes place to see who was at fault during the crash. You may have been responsible if you:
- Cut in front of the truck with your car
- Made an illegal turn in your car in front of the truck
- Walked into a crosswalk when the truck was coming
If the police determine that you were responsible for the accident, you might not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
You’ll need to speak with a truck accident attorney who understands the situation better to see if you might have a case.
Was the Delivery Company Responsible for It?
If the police determine you were not at fault during your accident with a delivery truck, it could be the delivery company that’s to blame.
There’s a theory known as “respondeat superior” that would hold the delivery company accountable for the accident. As long as the accident wasn’t an intentional act, the delivery company would assume responsibility.
In this case, you may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the delivery company as opposed to the driver. The company would be the ones to handle the case in court.
Was the Delivery Truck Driver the One Who Was Responsible?
Delivery companies are oftentimes found responsible for the actions of their drivers. But there are some instances in which delivery truck drivers are found responsible for accidents.
Specifically, they’re held accountable for them when police find that they hit another vehicle or a pedestrian on purpose. If this is the case, a personal injury lawsuit needs to be filed against the truck driver instead of their company.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your Delivery Truck Accident
If you’re ever hit by a delivery truck, there’s a good chance you’re going to suffer injuries during the crash.
Get in touch with a lawyer right after the accident takes place to see if you might have a strong leg to stand on in court. You could file a successful personal injury lawsuit against a delivery company or a delivery truck driver.
Do you have other questions about car and truck accidents and the personal injury lawsuits that often come along with them? Check out our blog to find more articles about what to do in the aftermath of accidents.