Delivery trucks play an important role in carrying products to businesses and customers. While many delivery trucks are very safe and deliver products safely, some delivery trucks can be a danger on the road. One common problem with delivery trucks is that drivers are often under considerable pressure to deliver products by a specific deadline.
When drivers of delivery trucks are in an excessive hurry, mistakes are often made and these mistakes can cause fatalities, pedestrian accidents, car accidents, personal injuries, and property damage. Drivers who are in an excessive hurry may not take the time to properly secure loads. They may run red lights or speed to make a specific delivery by a deadline. They may drive under the influence in order to meet quotas. In all these instances, these behaviours can lead to an accident.
In addition to rushed drivers, other factors may contribute to delivery truck accidents. The trucks themselves may have defects or may not be adequately maintained, leading to failure of major systems on the road and therefore to accidents. In some cases, delivery truck drivers may not have safe driving records or may not be adequately trained to drive a truck.
By law, employers are held responsible for the delivery trucks and delivery truck drivers they hire. If an employer places unsafe pressure on a driver, that employer may be held liable if the driver is in an accident that causes personal injury or property damage. Similarly, the employer may be held liable if the trucks are not carefully maintained and checked. The employer is also expected to have safe hiring practices and is expected to verify the qualifications of drivers hired for deliveries.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one to a delivery truck accident, it is important to seek the help of a qualified Florida personal injury attorney at once. Employers have a protection to protect and are not always willing to consider their role in an accident. Florida attorneys can investigate an employer’s practices and the cause of a crash so that you get the help you are entitled to under the law.
Keep in mind, as well, that there are many strict regulations set forth by the federal government regulating commercial trucks, including delivery trucks and vans. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established mandatory training requirements for drivers, substance abuse prevention programs for drivers, maintenance standards for trucks, and other regulations designed to keep you safe. When an employer or company is negligent in adhering to these rules, you can often help prevent further trucking accidents by holding the business responsible for their actions.