Delivery Truck Accidents
Online shopping is a very convenient way to receive all kinds of goods directly to your home, but with the rise of this type of shopping, comes an increase in the risk of delivery truck accidents. UPS, FedEx, and even Amazon itself all have delivery trucks on public roadways and in local neighborhoods. If these trucks collide with smaller vehicles, the results are often disastrous. While it is best to avoid these accidents at all costs, if you happen to be involved in one, you could benefit from a consultation with a skilled Santa Ana truck accident lawyer.
What Causes Delivery Truck Accidents?
Truck drivers, whether they travel across the country or just within local cities and neighborhoods, are beholden to federal laws under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and state laws. Sometimes they ignore these regulations to improve their performance and their bottom line. Getting the product where it needs to be as quickly as possible is their only priority, but this comes at the expense of innocent bystanders. The causes of delivery truck accidents are similar to other collisions and include:
- Driver distraction/inattention such as texting while driving or adjusting the radio
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
- Improperly loaded trucks
- Inadequate truck maintenance/failure to perform routine maintenance
- Poor driver training or lack of driver training
- Not obeying speed limits
Delivery drivers often forget they are traveling in neighborhoods where kids play, and people walk their dogs. If they do not drive slowly and pay attention to what is going on around them, the unthinkable could happen. A Santa Ana car accident lawyer could assist an injured individual in filing a claim against a delivery truck driver in the event of an accident.
Safe Driving Around Delivery Trucks
While you are not liable for how delivery truck drivers conduct themselves, there are steps you and other drivers can take to help decrease the risk of an accident. Due to their considerable length and weight, trucks are at a higher risk for rollover accidents and tire blowouts.
Trucks also need a lot of room. Whether passing or waiting for them to turn, make sure you provide them with the room that they need. Remember that truck drivers can often have difficulty seeing other vehicles in their rearview mirrors. If you intend to pass one of these trucks, only do so in locations where it is legal and even then stay close to the outside of the lane and pass them as quickly as possible. Avoid slamming on your brakes as it can take a fully loaded commercial vehicle traveling at 60 MPH the distance of three football fields to come to a complete stop.
Hire a Knowledgeable Santa Ana Car Accident Lawyer Today
After being involved in an accident with a delivery truck, you may have many questions, such as who is liable for your injuries. We are here to help answer those questions for you and get you the compensation that you deserve. Call (657) 333-5726 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation with an experienced Santa Ana car accident lawyer at Hess & Nghiem today.