With the explosive growth of the online retail industry, there are more delivery trucks on the road than ever before. At the same time, drivers are often under extreme pressure to make deadlines, inexperienced, or unfamiliar with the areas where they are delivering goods. As a result, collisions involving delivery trucks have increased considerably across the country. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a commercial delivery vehicle, the Philadelphia delivery truck accident attorneys at Youman & Caputo can help. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Especially when serious injuries and large corporate defendants are involved, the law firm you choose to represent you can make a significant impact on the outcome of your case. At Youman & Caputo, our attorneys have more than 100 combined years of experience representing injured clients, including cases involving commercial vehicles. In fact, we have recovered over $850 million for our clients and have secured over 100 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. Our attorneys understand the law involved, how to build strong cases, and how to maximize results for our clients.
Cases involving commercial delivery vehicles may be much more complex than those involving typical passenger vehicles. There are several reasons for this, including:
Commercial delivery vehicle accidents occur for a variety of reasons, many of which are completely preventable. This includes:
In many, if not all of these cases, the company that owns or operates the vehicle and employs the delivery truck driver may be legally responsible for the accidents they cause. In many cases, however, companies attempt to avoid liability by employing independent contractors or outsourcing delivery to other, smaller companies. Determining who is liable, or who shares liability, for a collision can be difficult in these cases.
While Pennsylvania law requires a minimum level of liability insurance, most commercial vehicle operators carry significantly higher amounts of liability insurance coverage. For instance, Amazon Flex drivers have $1 million in liability coverage when they are delivering packages for Amazon. UPS vehicles are required to have a liability insurance limit of up to $1 million as well.
This is important because collisions involving large commercial vehicles can cause devastating injuries and significantly impact a person’s life and the lives of their family members. While $1 million may be enough coverage in some cases, those collisions that result in death, lifelong injury, or a serious injury to multiple parties will likely far exceed those limits. In this event, the company that operates the vehicle may be responsible for the damages above the insurance coverage. In certain cases, multiple parties may share responsibility. An experienced Philadelphia delivery truck accident lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation, identify all liable parties, and maximize the compensation that is paid to an injured person.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a delivery truck accident, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At Youman & Caputo, we are here to listen to you, explain your legal options, and help tailor a legal strategy to recover the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.