Delivery Truck Accident Claims
Taking on Corporate Defendants. Fighting for Full Compensation.
Delivery trucks have long existed, but explosive growth of online and on-demand services have radically transformed the composition of traffic on U.S. roads. Once upon a time, our neighbors and private motorists made up most of the traffic on our streets. Today, there are more delivery trucks than ever before – and greater risks for more serious accidents.
As a firm that’s served injured victims and families for decades, The McClellan Law Firm has seen the transformation of U.S. roads in real-time, and has honed our ability to address the new and unique legal issues created by the delivery economy. Our award-winning trial lawyers have also proven themselves at taking on even the largest and most powerful corporations in the country.
While every accident claim has its own legal implications, one thing is certain: victims depend on full compensation following preventable tragedies. If you or someone you love have been hit by a delivery driver, our nationally renowned trial attorneys can help you fight for justice.
Injured? Call (619) 215-1488 to speak with a lawyer.
Delivery Truck Accidents & Personal Injury Lawsuits
Every truck accident and injury case is unique, but those involving delivery trucks have some unique characteristics which not only elevate the stakes in a case, but also the challenges plaintiffs must navigate in order to prevail.
These include both severe injuries and damages, and complex issues of law, liability, and insurance coverage.
Serious injuries & Extensive damages
Delivery trucks may be box trucks, 18-wheelers, articulated tractor-trailers, or carrier vans. Whatever they are, they’re typically much larger than standard passenger vehicles, much heavier, and far more likely to cause serious or fatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
Because delivery trucks are much more likely to cause severe injuries than other vehicles, cases involving victims struck by delivery service drivers can quickly become high-value claims. That’s due to extensive medical bills (past and future), considerable lost wages from missing work, lost future earnings caused by a disability, and victims’ pain and suffering, among other damages.
As damages increase, victims depend on positive resolutions to rebuild their lives. Meanwhile, delivery truck operators and corporate owners look to limit their liability in any way possible.
Corporate Ownership & Liability
Delivery trucks are, first and foremost, commercial cargo carriers. This means they’re not owned by a single person or private individual, but instead by corporations (many of which prioritize profits over public safety). What’s more, delivery trucks and delivery services may be an extension of a business (i.e. an Amazon delivery van or a Target, Lowe’s, or Walmart truck), or a business itself (UPS, FedEx).
Thanks to the gig-economy, it may sometimes be a little of both – a delivery service that uses independent contractors and their privately owned vehicles (i.e. Postmates, Grubhub).
The company or delivery service involved in your accident can have a great deal of influence on your case, and may create legal challenges when it comes to proving fault and liability. Some common issues include:
- At-fault parties – Multiple potentially liable parties may be at fault for the accident (i.e. delivery truck driver / company, independently contracted drivers / delivery services, third party vehicle maintenance companies, truck or auto part manufacturers, etc.).
- Disputes and denials – Corporations that own delivery trucks and delivery services, or the insurance companies that represent them can be aggressive in their attempts to protect their bottom line. This means disputes and denials of fault and financial responsibility for damages for victims who take on powerful defendants.
- Legal gray areas / available coverage – In some situations, particularly those involving delivery services, the “newness” of these services can make for confusion when it comes to the law and liability (similar to Uber / Lyft accidents). That in turn can create problems with available coverage, and make it necessary for victims to explore all available options (claims against multiple parties, UM /UIM claims with their own insurance, etc.).
- Regulations and legal duties – Even though there are many types of delivery trucks and newer delivery services, there are still laws in place to ensure these entities take reasonable steps for keeping the public safe. From numerous trucking regulations to legal duties of care, proving fault and liability requires in-depth evaluations of applicable laws and how trucking negligence, regulatory violations, or failures occurred.
Our team closely examines the facts and surrounding circumstances of the accident to determine the most appropriate path toward compensation, and who can be held financially responsible for your damages.
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The McClellan Law Firm is led by Attorney Craig McClellan, one of the most widely respected and accomplished plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the nation. Together with our skilled team of attorneys and support staff, our firm guides seriously injured victims and families through each step of their legal journeys – and fights zealously for the justice and compensation they deserve.
Learn more about your rights after a delivery truck accident by calling (619) 215-1488. Free consultations are available to residents throughout San Diego, Southern California, and beyond.