The growth of online shopping over the last decade from companies like Amazon, Shipt, and Grubhub has fueled a greater need for delivery services. Moreover, services like Amazon Prime have trained consumers to expect shorter shipping times, placing even more pressure on companies to deliver packages as fast as possible. The growth in the need for delivery services has left many delivery companies struggling to keep up.
As a result, drivers may be overworked or pressured to complete routes faster. Furthermore, certain delivery companies may fail to give new drivers the proper training they need as they hire to keep up with demand. During holiday seasons, delivery trucks are out in full force, which increases the risk of delivery truck accidents. Step vans may not be as dangerous as large commercial trucks, but accidents with a delivery truck can lead to serious and even fatal injuries.
Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery trucks can create hazardous road conditions for other drivers. While delivering parcels to homes and businesses, truck drivers may be forced to park precariously, which can lead to accidents with vehicles trying to pull out of a driveway or veer around the delivery truck. Other factors that could contribute to a delivery truck accident include:
- Poor hiring and training policies
- Driver distraction due to texting or operating handheld package tracking devices
- Overloaded cargo (which can cause the truck to stop too slowly or roll)
- Driver negligence (failure to obey the speed limit, stop, yield, etc.)
- Drowsy, drugged, or drunk driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- A defective vehicle part
- Improper warning lights
Delivery Companies That Could Be Involved In The Accident
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, a lawsuit may be filed against the delivery company that employed the delivery driver involved. There are a number of delivery companies operating around the Worcester area. Some of the most popular delivery companies include:
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
Large delivery companies will fight hard to defend against a lawsuit. Companies employ large, high profile lawyers to keep settlements as low as possible. Thus, it’s important to work with an experienced car accident attorney if you’ve been injured in a delivery truck accident.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For A Delivery Truck Accident?
Victims often believe they can only earn restitution through the truck driver, but that is not the case. There are a number of parties that may be held liable for a delivery truck accident. Who can be held liable will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident, but liability may fall on:
- The delivery truck driver
- The delivery truck company
- The service company for the delivery truck
- The truck manufacturer
- The company that loaded the cargo
Your attorney can help you investigate the accident to determine the parties who should be held responsible for your compensation.
Accidents With a US Postal Service Truck Differ Other Delivery Truck Accidents
Unlike other delivery companies, the US Postal Service is operated by the federal government. Thus, instead of seeking compensation through an insurance company, you will be seeking restitution from the federal government because government vehicles are not insured. Claims against the federal government need to be pursued through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
The Federal Tort Claims Act allows individuals to file certain types of lawsuits against federal employees acting within the scope of their employment. The limitations for pursuing an FTCA claim are too numerous to be defined within this post alone. Some of the most significant limitations are as follows:
- An FTCA claim must be based on the laws of the state where the accident took place and permitted by that state.
- Negligence committed by the federal employee must have been committed within the scope of employment.
- Accident victims are only allowed to sue federal employees through the FTCA. Accidents caused by the driver of a sub-contracted vehicle will need to pursue a traditional lawsuit.
Cases against the federal government are extremely complex. There are a number of hoops that claimants will need to jump through and the lawsuits are often subject to lengthy and sometimes confusing limitations. If you’ve been injured by a USPS delivery truck, it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before pursuing any sort of litigation.
Consult An Accident Attorney
Massachusetts truck accident attorney, Peter Ventura, has helped hundreds of accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. For over 25 years, Attorney Ventura has worked tirelessly to provide access to justice for all those who have been injured as a result of negligence. Contact Attorney Ventura today by calling (508)755-7535 or filling out a contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.