You may suffer serious injuries in a delivery truck accident. Learn the common causes of these crashes and how we can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Delivery Truck Crashes: Understanding the Risks to You and Your Family

With the increasing use of the Internet to purchase anything anyone needs, delivery trucks are an increasingly common sight on roads and highways in the Seattle area. Unfortunately, this increases the risk that you or your family will be injured in a delivery truck accident. Unlike other commercial truck accidents, the dangers can be close to home when mail, appliances, furniture, and other goods are delivered in your neighborhood.

What Are the Causes of Delivery Truck Collisions?

Mail, UPS, Fed-Ex, furniture store, big box store, and moving company trucks are some of the types of delivery trucks involved in these wrecks. Drivers of these vehicles are under extreme pressure to deliver their goods on a tight schedule and can make poor decisions that endanger occupants of passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are some of the major causes of these accidents:

  • Sudden stops. Delivery drivers must search for the addresses for their deliveries and often stop suddenly when they locate the correct home, store, or office building. They can cause a rear-end collision when the driver in the rear has insufficient time to stop safely.
  • Backing up. In some cases, a delivery driver will pass the address he was looking for and will back up instead of turning around. He can cause a tragic accident if he hits an unsuspecting person who has no time to get out of the way.
  • Cargo. When cargo is not loaded properly, it can make it difficult for the trucker to control the truck and cause additional wear and tear on truck parts. Rollovers, brake failures, and tire blowouts can be the result and can cause you or a loved one to suffer life-altering injuries or death. Unsecured cargo can also fall off the truck, creating a dangerous obstacle for other drivers.
  • Inexperience. A delivery driver must be qualified and trained to drive a delivery truck and to handle the challenges of maneuvering on busy city streets and in neighborhoods. The driver and his employer could face liability if lack of experience and training is the cause of a wreck.
  • Intoxication. Intoxication can reduce reaction times, vision, and ability to judge distances—all necessary for anyone to avoid causing a crash.
  • Driver errors. As with other types of truck accidents, many of these collisions are caused by trucker errors. Drowsy driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failing to yield are common negligent actions behind these wrecks.

If you or a loved one was injured in a delivery truck accident, you could suffer broken bones, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, back and neck injuries, and other serious injuries. Multiple parties in addition to the driver may be responsible for compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our experienced truck accident attorneys are here to identify all liable parties and aggressively fight to obtain a fair settlement for you. Call our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.