Delivery Truck Injuries
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a delivery truck in Austin, Texas, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, or elsewhere in Texas, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Company truck drivers must drive safely to avoid injuring others. Their failure to ensure your safety makes the driver and the company for whom they work responsible for your injuries. The legal professionals at Hermes E. Flores have helped numerous victims of Texas delivery truck accidents win the compensation they deserve.
Delivery drivers must be hyper-vigilant about driving safely. Anything less can cause disastrous results. The size and weight of the delivery trucks cause catastrophic damage upon impact. We have seen delivery truck accidents that have killed and serious injured our clients. The physical, emotional, and economic losses are staggering.
We compete with delivery trucks for room to the driver on crowded roads. The national trend suggests the roads will become even more crowded in the near future. The proliferation of e-commerce added thousands of deliveries to already busy delivery truck driver’s schedules. The trend is on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014 U.S. retailers and manufacturers shipped $3.584 trillion dollars in goods. In 2013, U.S. manufacturers shipped $3.315 trillion in goods sold in e-commerce. The U.S. Census Bureau figures only include businesses that have employees and does not include the self-employed manufacturer or distributor of products.
Delivery truck accidents can happen in numerous ways. Driver error is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. The driver can lose control of the truck due to exhaustion. The government put a cap on the number of hours a commercial driver can be on the road to help avoid accidents caused by driver fatigue. We look at the driver’s history to determine if the driver exceeded the operating limit. We also scrutinize the driver’s history to learn whether the driver received sufficient training. Driver inexperience figures into numerous accidents. An inexperienced driver can lose control over a load when something unexpected happens because the weight they are carrying may exceed the training they received. Overloading the truck is a potential hazard. A sudden weight shift will throw the truck out of balance, causing the driver to lose control. Speed is another factor in delivery truck crashes. Drivers on tight schedules working for demanding companies may be more inclined to rush so that they make their deliveries timely.
There are other factors we look for in a delivery truck crash that proves the driver was negligent. We look closely at vehicle maintenance records. These files would show us if the company operating the truck maintained it properly. Tire failure and wheel failure can easily cause the driver to lose control of the truck, causing an accident. We look at other maintenance issues as well.
More than one party may be liable for a delivery truck accident. The driver is responsible for safely operating his or her vehicle. The driver’s employer is liable for the driver’s actions while the driving is engaged in work-related activities. Also, the delivery company may not own the truck. Instead, the company might lease or rent the vehicle. We will work to hold the truck owner liable for any maintenance issues that caused the crash. We will examine whether any manufacturers of certain safety items, such as tires and wheels contributed to the accident as well.
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We at Hermes E. Flores pride ourselves on zealously representing Texas delivery truck accident victims, as well as others who were injured through no fault of their own. We represent accident victims from Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, and anywhere else in the State of Texas. Call us today at 512-947-9103 to make an appointment to speak with an attorney about your case.