Amazon, UPS, or FedEx delivery vehicles are part of daily life. They make hundreds of deliveries every day throughout cities and neighborhoods. Because they are under pressure to get packages to their destinations on time, they may take risks that lead to accidents.
When a driver is reckless and hurts you in an accident, they must pay for these actions. If you or a loved one has been injured, speak with an Oakville personal injury lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC.
Liability in Delivery Truck Accidents
Determining liability is the most challenging element of the claims process. Liability will often depend on the status of the driver as an employee or contractor. There can be multiple parties in your lawsuit, which has pros and cons. When you name various parties in your claim, you must deal with their insurance companies and attorneys.
Each party in a claim may ask for additional documentation and have different processes. Sorting out how to work with multiple lawyers and defendants is difficult. To take the burden off your shoulders while you heal, you can rely on a skilled delivery truck accident attorney in Oakville, TN, from GKBM.
Truck accidents can cause extensive injuries, which require large settlements. Insurance policy limits do not allow you to get compensation beyond those limits. Still, when dealing with multiple insurance policies, you are more likely to get the compensation you need to recover from your crash.
Amazon Pushes Drivers to Deliver Fast
While all delivery companies have deadlines and goals, Amazon pushes their drivers to extremes. The New York Times reports that Amazon wants their drivers to complete 999 of 1,000 deliveries on time or early, leaving zero margins for error. There is no consideration for the ebbs and flows of traffic or any unpredictability.
Amazon drivers can experience delays for reasons out of their control resulting in all delivery for the day being late and the possibility of termination. In some cases, the company itself could be considered liable for your crash.
Untrained Drivers Are Dangerous
Companies hire new drivers throughout the year, especially during rush periods near the holidays. Unfortunately, some companies do not adequately train their drivers and push them into service before they are ready.
When drivers get on the road, they must quickly learn how to maneuver the tractor-trailer or delivery van. They must accommodate the larger turning radius and longer stopping distance of the vehicle. New truck drivers must learn to park safely to prevent other motorists from colliding with their vehicle if it is blocking a traffic lane.
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Causes of Delivery Truck Wrecks
Drivers are under extreme pressure to make deliveries. Some delivery services will offer premium memberships for guaranteed faster deliveries, leading to overworked drivers with more packages and shorter delivery time frames. Vehicle maintenance and defective parts are also causes of accidents when delivery companies do not check their vehicles.
Speeding, reckless driving, and other driver errors lead to collisions when drivers try to keep their deadlines and jobs. Fatigued drivers also have slower reaction times, which can lead to careless driving mistakes. Before drivers start their routes, there is a team that loads cargo. If the loaders do not adequately secure the packages, the freight can fall off the truck into the path of oncoming cars.
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Fault in Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery companies hire drivers from multiple sources. Some may be direct employees of the company, some may be independent contractors, and others may come from a third-party provider. Depending on the employment status of the driver, there are multiple parties you can hold responsible, such as:
- The driver
- The loading company
- Mechanic in charge of truck repairs
- Truck manufacturer
- A delivery company like Amazon, UPS, or FedEx
Sadly, delivery companies do not want to pay for the actions of their drivers, and they will employ devious tactics to offer you a lower settlement. A GKBM delivery truck accident lawyer in Oakville will not let them take advantage of you.
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Holding Delivery Companies Legally Responsible
Depending on the company policies, you can hold delivery companies responsible by filing an insurance claim. Before your Oakville delivery truck accident attorney can file a claim and recover compensation, other steps must be taken. Some of the steps in the recovery process include the following:
- Investigating the collision
- Determining fault
- Proving negligence
- Identifying liable parties
- Reviewing insurance policies
- Documenting expenses and losses from the accident
- Consulting medical professionals and financial planners to calculate future losses
- Negotiating a fair settlement
- Representing you through litigation and trial, if necessary
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Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with when they are protecting their bottom line. Paying out claims means they make less money, so they will try to convince you to take a low offer right away. You may not know the full extent of the treatment you will need, and GKBM will negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
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Preparing for Trial
While we do not anticipate a trial, we always prepare for one. We aim to get you a fair settlement and will go as far in the legal process as we need. Litigation is seen in instances where:
- The insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement.
- The insurer disputes the facts of the case.
- Your cost exceeds the insurance policy limits.
- The statute of limitations is approaching.
- It is the best course of action for your claim.
There are many complexities with these claims, and you cannot delay taking action. You need someone with experience to handle your claim. While you focus on getting better from your injuries, our team of legal professionals and delivery truck accident lawyers will pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Speak to a Lawyer and File a Claim
Tennessee has a time limit for filing a claim and getting the compensation and justice you deserve. For delivery truck accidents, you have one year for a claim which is an extremely short time to conduct an investigation, recover physically and negotiate a settlement.
Do not delay and risk losing your right to sue. Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, will spring into action once you schedule an initial consultation with an Oakville delivery truck accident lawyer on our team.