Auto Accidents Involving Delivery Trucks
Commercial truck accidents are known to cause significant damage, which may include catastrophic injuries. When people think of accidents involving commercial trucks, they usually picture big rigs carrying large trailers of cargo. While these types of trucks are certainly a big risk for passenger vehicles, delivery trucks, or box trucks, are also a concern.
Delivery trucks frequent neighborhoods and surrounding streets, where accidents are common. Auto accidents involving delivery trucks can be just as damaging as other commercial truck accidents. Victims of these types of accidents can work with Arlington, TX attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton to seek just compensation for accident damages.
Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Even though delivery trucks are not as large as many other types of commercial trucks, they are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, and it does require specific skill and training to drive them safely.
Some of the most common causes of delivery truck accidents include:
- Speeding: Delivery truck drivers may speed in an attempt to rush through a deliver route. Unfortunately, speeding increases the risk that a driver will lose control of the vehicle.
- Distraction: Delivery drivers often travel roads and neighborhoods that are unfamiliar. Checking a GPS device, looking at a phone, or sending texts can all serve as a distraction.
- Inexperience: Delivery services tend to have a high turnover rate. Inexperience is a particular concern during busy holiday seasons when companies often hire extra drivers to meet increased demands.
- Frequent stops: Deliver drivers make frequent, and often sudden, stops. Additionally, they commonly stop in the middle of a road or driveway, where they block traffic and serve as a hazard for other vehicles.
- Improperly loaded cargo: Delivery trucks can carry a lot of cargo at one time. If it is not loaded properly, it can throw off the balance of the vehicle and increase the risk of an accident.
There are several parties that may share liability in a delivery truck accident. Depending on what caused the accident, the delivery truck driver, the employer, the company that owns or leases the delivery truck, or a parts manufacturer may be held accountable for accident damages. It is also possible for liability to be shared by multiple parties.
Roger “Rocky” Walton works alongside experts in the field to recreate accident scenes so that the cause of the accident can be determined and appropriate parties can be held accountable. He will work to get our Arlington clients due compensation for accident damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a delivery truck accident in the Arlington area, attorney Roger “Rocky” Walton would like to help you get the financial compensation you are due. To discuss the details of your case, contact us at your earliest convenience or call (817) 429-4299 to schedule a personal consultation.