Dallas Delivery Truck Accident Attorney
Regardless of whether you prefer FedEx, UPS, or any other delivery company, there is always a risk of colliding with a delivery truck if you own a car in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas.
With an increasing number of Americans ditching the traditional way of making purchases (going or driving to a brick-and-mortar store), the popularity of e-Commerce continues rising year by year at an exponential rate. And, unsurprisingly, the demand for delivery trucks is rising proportionately, because someone’s got to transport all those items from one state to another to deliver them to our doorstep.
Since America has a shortage of truck drivers, a number of trucking companies have to set unrealistic deadlines for their drivers in order to be able to deliver items to their customers fast and with no delays. “Unfortunately, it does not always go smooth, as truckers facing tight deadlines and being under constant pressure often get into motor vehicle accidents,” explains our Dallas delivery truck accident attorney at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde.
The problem of delivery truck accidents in the U.S.
Most of us do not think about what goes behind the scenes of doorstep delivery. All we care about is that our purchases get delivered on time. Many of you have probably experienced delays in delivery and got frustrated for having to complain about it to the delivery company or seller. But what you did not realize is that in most of these cases, delivery truck crashes are to blame for the delays.
Unfortunately, getting your delivery delayed is not the worst thing that can happen, as people can get hurt in those motor vehicle crashes involving delivery trucks. And in many cases, the delivery truck driver is at fault for causing that crash because his or her employer (delivery company) set tight deadlines and made the driver work in a stressful environment under constant pressure.
“As you can imagine, it is only a matter of time before a stressed-out, overworked, burned-out, fatigued, and drowsy driver of a delivery truck causes a motor vehicle accident, in which other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and others can get hurt,” says our experienced delivery truck accident attorney in Dallas.
Causes of accidents involving delivery trucks
Causes of delivery truck accidents vary from one case to another, but a large percentage of them are stemming from the trucker’s employer setting unrealistic deadlines, encouraging drivers to violate traffic laws and other regulations in order to transport deliveries from point A to point B faster and with minimum delays.
Some of the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes involving delivery trucks include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to engage parking brake when delivering a package
- Failure to maintain a safe distance between vehicles
- Distracted driving
- Running red lights
- Failure to operate a delivery truck safely in poor road or weather conditions
- Drowsy driving or falling asleep while driving
- Failure to use turn signals
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Suddenly accelerating or coming to an abrupt stop to deliver a package
- Lack of training or supervision from the employer
- Overloaded delivery trucks
- Failure to properly secure cargo in the delivery truck and
- Drunk or drugged driving
If you have been in a delivery truck accident, there can be multiple liable parties, including the trucker, his or her employer (delivery company), third-party company responsible for the maintenance and loading of cargo, the manufacturer of the delivery truck, an auto mechanic responsible for inspection of the truck, and many others.
It is advised to speak to a Dallas truck accident lawyer from the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to determine liability in your particular case and ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve. Call our offices at (214) 883-1700 to schedule a free consultation.