Delivery trucks often cause traffic accidents because they:
- Are regularly on the roadways
- Are often stopped with little to no warning
- May back up with little to no warning
- Are often double-parked
- Can significantly impede other drivers’ ability to see around them
- Can drop debris or boxes that cause other drivers to swerve or lose control of their cars.
In fact, even if the delivery truck itself is not involved in the collision, it can still be the cause of the accident due to some of the above-mentioned factors. In such cases, if any of the following types of negligence has played a role in causing the delivery truck accident, injured drivers may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage and mental anguish:
- Truck drivers’ negligence, which can include speeding, failing to yield rights-of-way, cutting off other drivers or otherwise disobey traffic laws.
- Trucking company’s negligence, which may involve a trucking company failing to properly maintain its vehicles and/or failing to run background checks on its drivers.
- Vehicle equipment manufacturers’ negligence, which can include faulty or defective equipment, like brake systems or lane change indicators.
Which Delivery Vehicles Cause the Most Accidents?
Delivery trucks that are commonly involved in traffic accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Food and beverage delivery trucks
- Furniture moving trucks
- Mail carrier trucks (including postal trucks, FedEx trucks, UPS trucks, etc.)
- Tool vendor trucks (such as Snap-On trucks)
If you got hurt in a collision with a delivery truck or van, schedule a free consultation with Brown & Brown today. Our attorneys serve clients in St. Louis, Missouri (dial the 3s: 314-333-3333 / 573-333-3333) and Fairview Heights, Illinois (dial the 8s: 618-888-8888).