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Delivery trucks are a crucial part of the American economy. They bring our favorite foods to the local grocer, deliver the building materials that will become the newest homes, and so much more. Despite all the necessary contributions they make to our economy, delivery truck drivers do not always receive proper training, and commercial trucking companies often engage in practices that put people in serious danger on our roadways.
A commercial trucking company is motivated to make as many deliveries for as little money as possible. To achieve this goal, some trucking companies may hire unfit drivers or put trucks on the road that haven’t been properly inspected. Recent statistics show that during a two year period just before 2012, 1,400 UPS truck accidents were reported. 39 of these incidents resulted in deaths.
Delivery truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to meet their deadlines and may not take traffic or weather conditions into consideration. Many truck drivers continue making deliveries even though they’re exhausted, which puts everyone at risk of a catastrophic accident. Some truck drivers may unfortunately use drugs to stay awake and keep working.
If you were involved in an accident with a delivery truck, you need to contact an experienced Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. The team of compassionate Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers understands the way insurance companies operate, and we will recover all the compensation you deserve to deal with your medical bills and other expenses.
A delivery truck driver is just as prone to making a mistake behind the wheel as other drivers. In fact, a delivery driver is even more likely to drive carelessly because their incentive is to make as many deliveries as possible. In order to maximize profits, delivery truck drivers may speed, make unsafe lane changes, or neglect right-of-way laws. Many delivery truck drivers are on their phones looking up directions, and may not have their complete focus on the task of driving safely.
Delivery truck drivers and trucks are governed by strict state and federal regulations. Even the most compliant truck drivers and commercial trucking companies will still make mistakes. There a number of reasons why truck collisions occur:
Safety standards for delivery truck drivers are much higher than for standard passenger vehicles. Delivery truck drivers must usually acquire a commercial driver license (CDL) and become proficient in additional driving techniques after an extensive period of specialized training.
Of course, an additional license and specialized training are not enough. Delivery truck drivers have also accepted a responsibility to put safety first. Any time corners are cut or crucial safety measures are skipped, the resulting accidents may require a strong response on behalf of any injured parties: a lawsuit for money damages.
In a typical delivery truck accident, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be held liable for injuries or property loss caused by the collision. Under a legal doctrine known as “respondeat superior”, employers can be held responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees. This is great news for plaintiffs, because the majority of delivery truck drivers do not have sufficient assets to fairly compensate an injured party.
However, many delivery companies do not hire “employees” to drive their delivery trucks. Instead, they may claim their drivers are “independent contractors.” A company is generally not held liable for the negligent conduct of an independent contractor. This means that anyone who was injured by a delivery truck driver may have a more difficult time obtaining damages for their losses.
Generally speaking, the more control an employer has over worker performance and job related tasks, the more likely a delivery truck driver is an employee and not an independent contractor.
A delivery truck driver is likely an employee and not an independent contractor if the employer:
Below is a list of available damages you may be entitled to after a delivery truck accident:
If you or a loved one has suffered an accident with a delivery truck in Los Angeles, contact an experienced Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for your medical care and damages. Consultations with a dedicated Los Angeles delivery truck accident lawyer are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at [email protected] or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.