The growth of ecommerce fueled by companies like Amazon, eBay, and Shipt has spurred a growing demand for delivery services. In fact, demand has grown at such a rapid rate, that delivery companies are struggling to keep up. Companies have placed a greater emphasis on delivering packages as fast as possible and have sometimes sent new drivers out to make deliveries without taking the time to first deliver proper training.
In an effort to keep up with demand, it’s not uncommon for drivers to work extremely long shifts. Drivers may also speed or ignore road signals to complete deliveries faster. During holiday seasons, delivery drivers are out in full force, which increases the risk of ending up in an accident with a delivery truck. Impact with a delivery truck may not be as severe as a crash with an 18-wheeler, but the resulting injuries can still be serious and may sometimes even be fatal.
Leading Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery trucks can create hazardous road conditions for the cars they share the road with. Delivery drivers often have to park precariously and pull out onto busy streets when they deliver packages. Inattention or lack of experience performing delivery duties can easily lead to an accident. Common contributing factors of delivery truck accidents include:
- Drunk, drowsy, or drugged driving
- Driver distraction (often from texting or operating a package tracking device)
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo (which can cause the truck to stop too slowly or roll)
- Poor hiring and training policies
- Driver negligence
- A defective vehicle part
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Improper warning lights
Leading Delivery Companies
In many circumstances, a delivery company can be held liable for an accident that was caused by one of their drivers or trucks. There are several delivery companies that operate within Pennsylvania. The most common companies include:
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
Large delivery companies have a considerable amount of resources at their disposal and employ some of the highest profile lawyers in the country to defend against lawsuits. Delivery companies will fight tooth and nail to keep settlements as low as possible.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to retain legal counsel with an experienced car accident attorney if you’ve been injured in a delivery truck accident. An experienced attorney knows what it takes to win complex cases against delivery truck companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Liable In a Delivery Truck Accident?
There are several factors that could play a role in a delivery truck accident. The circumstances surrounding the accident will determine who could be held liable. Liable parties may include:
- The delivery truck driver
- The delivery truck manufacturer
- The company that services the delivery truck
- The delivery truck company
- The company that loaded the cargo
Determining liability is not your burden to bear alone. Your attorney will help investigate your case to figure out who can be held responsible for your injuries.
Accidents With a US Postal Service Truck
Accidents involving the US Postal Service are far more complex than any other type of delivery truck accident. The US Postal Service is owned by the federal government, which means you won’t be seeking compensation through an insurance company. Vehicles owned by the federal government often are not insured. Instead, claims against the federal government need to be pursued through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
The Federal Tort Claims Act was established in 1946 and gives individuals the ability to pursue a claim against federal employees acting within the scope of their employment. There are a lot of limitations surrounding FTCA lawsuits. In fact, there are too many to list all of them on this page. Some of the most significant limitations are as follows:
- Negligence committed by a federal employee must have been committed within the scope of employment.
- The claim must be permitted within the state where the accident took place and must be based on the laws of that state.
- Accident victims cannot sue sub-contracted drivers or drivers of sub-contracted vehicles through the FTCA. FTCA claims are reserved exclusively for federal employees.
The limitations on FTCA claims are enough to cause headache alone, but the complexities of a case against the US Postal Service extend beyond the limitations of the FTCA. There are a number of hoops claimants will need to jump through. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the process and properly file an FTCA lawsuit.
Solnick & Associates, LLC Is Here To Help
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an accident with a delivery truck, the attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC are here to help. Our attorneys provide an aggressive, compassionate, and strategic approach to injury claims. We’ll work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (877) 415-6495 or fill out a contact form to have your case evaluated by our lawyers.