Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers, GA
Helping Injured Clients Fight for Maximum Compensation
Delivery services are becoming more popular every year, making it easier than ever to order a variety of goods from the comfort of your home and enjoy fast delivery. From Amazon merchandise to DoorDash food deliveries and beyond, the fast growth of these services paired with tiger delivery deadlines may lead some companies and drivers to cut corners and engage in negligent driving, which could lead to serious accidents. Our attorneys explain how fault is determined in a delivery truck accident and why victims should consider having legal representation for their cases.
What Are the Most Common Types of Delivery Truck Accident Injuries?
According to news outlet Bloomberg, Amazon Logistics (the division of Amazon responsible for deliveries) has been a defendant in at least 119 motor vehicle injury lawsuits spanning across 35 states. The blue delivery vans have been involved in many other crashes that resulted in severe injuries, and some have caused significant property damage to vehicles and even private homes. In 2021, several news outlets reported that an Amazon van crashed through the front door of a home in Roswell, Georgia. The van driver had exited the vehicle to deliver a package, and the parking brake allegedly malfunctioned, causing the van to slide down a slope and collide with the home. Fortunately, nobody was injured, but the home was severely damaged.
Delivery vehicles run by Amazon and other companies such as DHL, UPS, and Fedex tend to be fully loaded with packages and heavier than passenger vehicles, making them very dangerous in the event of a collision. The most common types of delivery truck accident injuries can range from bruises, broken bones, and whiplash to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even wrongful death in the case of a fatal accident.
How Is Fault Determined in a Delivery Truck Accident?
Determining who is liable (responsible) for a truck accident can be a complex task, as there are often multiple parties that could potentially share liability for the crash. For example, if a delivery truck driver was speeding or engaging in reckless driving, the driver may be responsible for the accident. However, if it is determined that the driver’s behavior was a result of policies promoted by the delivery company pressuring drivers to deliver a large volume of packages on a tight schedule, then the delivery company may also share responsibility for the crash. Improperly loaded cargo, mechanical failures, or poorly maintained vehicles can also point to additional parties that may share responsibility.
It is worth noting that many delivery companies, such as DoorDash, Amazon, and Uber, rely on third-party independent contractors to handle deliveries. If the accident was caused by a third-party contractor, the delivery company may try to claim that they are not liable for the crash. An attorney can help delivery truck accident victims identify all responsible parties in order to seek maximum compensation for any damages.
How Much Time Do You Have to File a Delivery Truck Accident Claim?
In Georgia, personal injury claims are subject to a legal deadline called a statute of limitations. An accident involving a delivery vehicle is considered a type of personal injury claim and thus is subject to Georgia’s statute of limitations of two years, counting from the date of the accident. In other words, once the accident takes place, the plaintiff (the victim) has a maximum of two years to take legal action and file a claim. If the two-year deadline passes, the case may be dismissed because the statute of limitations has expired.
Even though two years may seem like a long time, it is best to take action and file a claim as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to recover enough evidence to support your claim. Eyewitnesses may be harder to reach or may forget important details and physical evidence may deteriorate, be lost, or destroyed. By taking prompt action, you can increase your chances of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
What Can a Delivery Truck Accident Attorney Do to Help?
Many delivery companies have a sizeable track record of accidents involving their delivery vehicles. While several of these accidents result in property damage, many more end up causing life-changing injuries to victims. Yet, these companies tend to try everything they can to exempt themselves from any liability or blame it all on an independent contractor. This is one of many factors that make delivery truck accidents more complex than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. You may find yourself filing multiple insurance claims or having to take your case to the courtroom. This is when the knowledge and skills of a personal injury attorney can make all the difference.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a delivery truck, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages. An attorney can play a crucial role in helping you recover fair payment for your medical expenses, lost wages, and damaged property, as well as for pain, suffering, and emotional trauma resulting from the accident.
At The Scott Pryor Law Group, delivery truck accident victims all over Georgia can get the legal advice and representation they need to successfully navigate their claims and maximize their chances of obtaining fair compensation for their damages. Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers can handle every aspect of your case for you so you can place your attention back on healing from your accident and getting back on your feet. Contact our law firm at 678-325-3434 and request an initial no-commitment consultation to discuss your case and learn your options.