As online transactions have become more common, so has the necessity for delivery vehicles. This has led to a higher demand for delivery services, and companies to work towards speedy deliveries in order to please customers. However, this demand has caused a variety of factors to be put into motion that cause dangerous accidents, thus injuring people. It is because of this that it is possible for people who are injured due to negligence to pursue legal action. Continue reading below to lean more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance.
What Causes Delivery Vehicle Accidents?
In order to meet the rising demand for delivery, businesses are putting more drivers and vehicles out on the road. Two large factors in the causes of delivery accidents include an increased pressure to complete routes faster and failing to properly train new, inexperienced drivers. This can lead to a variety of negligent actions to occur, such as the following:
- Driver negligence, such as failure to yield, speeding, or distracted driving
- Drunk, drugged, or drowsy driving
- Poorly maintained delivery vehicles
- Defective vehicle parts that caused or contributed to the crash
- Poor hiring and training policies on the part of delivery companies
Who is Responsible for Delivery Vehicle Accidents?
When a person is injured due to the negligence of another party, they usually want to pursue legal action in order to recover compensation as coverage for the damages incurred. This can be done with a personal injury claim. However, when dealing with delivery vehicle accidents, it can sometimes be unclear as to who is at fault for causing the accident. There is even a possibility of multiple claims.
Instead of keeping employees, there are many delivery companies that outsource their deliveries to independent contractors or other companies. If the driver is an employee, the company who hired them is financially responsible for the accident. However, if they are not, the case will most likely have to be examined closely in order to determine who may be responsible.
In addition to this, injured parties may have insurance claims involving their personal injury protection (PIP) policy or uninsured/underinsured policy. In some cases, they may even have a product liability claim if a manufacturer was negligent in ensuring the vehicle was safe and not defective.
Contact our Firm
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.