Due to greater consumer demand for online shopping over the past few years, we’ve seen a sharp rise in the number of delivery services and the trucks in their fleets in the United States.
With online businesses continuing to realize the significance of on-time deliveries in ecommerce, the pressure to deliver products on time trickles down onto truck drivers.
Many drivers report that they experience great difficulties to make enough deliveries and meet their daily targets.
As a result, they might be tempted to drive recklessly or irresponsibly to make faster deliveries.
This raises a big issue pertinent to the delivery truck’s safety on the road. In case of an accident, it can get very tricky to find out who is liable to pay for the damages.
Let’s find out more!
Accident With a Delivery Truck: Who Is Liable?
Delivery truck driver
If the delivery driver was involved in negligent driving like reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and more, they will be liable for the accident.
In case there are other factors that led to the accident, the liability will be determined using the contributory negligence principle.
Delivery truck employers
Delivery truck employers are primarily responsible to hire competent drivers, train them, and provide them with vehicles that are suitable to deliver goods safely.
If they pressure their drivers to make unreasonable delivery requests, they can be held liable to pay damages to the plaintiff.
If the cause of the accident was malfunctioning of the truck due to an inherent design flaw or faulty component, the manufacturer of the delivery truck can be held liable.
Furthermore, if the fault relates to a specific part of the truck, like the tires, the company that made the tires can also be held responsible.
A lawyer can help!
It can be in your best interest to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to establish a solid claim. Your lawyer will vigilantly evaluate the facts of your case to determine which party or parties should be held responsible for the accident.
A skillful lawyer will instigate prompt investigation to identify the parties, gather evidence, and then construct a strong case in your favor to ensure your legal and financial interests remained protected throughout the case.
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