Delivery Vehicle Accidents
With online shopping continually on the rise, more and more deliveries are made to people across the United States. Unfortunately, delivery vehicle accidents take place in the Chicago area quite frequently. These accidents can cause serious injuries and significant property damage. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving a delivery vehicle, you should reach out to a Wheaton or Schaumburg truck accident attorney without delay. With over 35 years of combined experience, we understand the toll that a truck accident can take on your life. We are familiar with accidents caused by overweight or overloaded trucks as well as careless actions by truck drivers.Bringing a Legal Claim Following a Delivery Vehicle Accident
In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that over 1.2 million people worked as delivery truck drivers. Different types of trucks may be used to make deliveries, such as box trucks, large vans, flatbed trucks, pick up trucks, and customized trucks. In recent years, there have been an increased number of truck drivers on the road. Part of this increase can be attributed to the demand for rapid deliveries created by the rise of online shopping that puts drivers under pressure to deliver their loads quickly. Unfortunately, more trucks on the road have translated to higher incident rates for accidents.
Commercial truck drivers must operate their trucks in accordance with both state and federal laws. These laws recognize that large commercial trucks pose special dangers, which can lead to a number of different types of truck accidents. As a result, these regulations cover many different aspects of truck driving, including how and how often the trucks should be maintained, how loads should be tied and secured on a truck, and how many consecutive hours a truck driver can drive. For example, truck drivers can work for a maximum of 14 hours per day, out of which they are only permitted to drive for a maximum of 11 hours. While delivery vehicle accidents can have a variety of causes, such as speeding, distracted driving, or failing to check a blind spot, these accidents are also sometimes results of violating state and federal regulations.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a delivery vehicle, our attorneys may be able to recover compensation for you through an Illinois negligence claim. All drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws and adhere to all relevant regulations. Negligence takes place when a truck driver fails to exercise the level of care behind the wheel that a reasonably prudent truck driver would have used in the same situation, thereby causing an accident and resulting harm. For instance, if a truck driver causes an accident due to texting and driving, that driver would likely be liable for any resulting harm. This is because a reasonably prudent truck driver would not text while driving, understanding the risk of accidents associated with distracted driving.
Truck accident cases involving delivery trucks can be complex and confusing. However, we understand how to establish negligence in these cases. It is important to note that there may be multiple at-fault parties in any given delivery vehicle accident case. In some cases, the truck driver’s employer may also be liable under the theory of vicarious liability. In other cases, if a defective truck part (like the brakes) caused an accident like an override accident, the manufacturer may be held liable through a product liability claim. We can examine the facts of your case and identify each potential defendant.Consult a Knowledgeable Trucking Injury Lawyer in Wheaton or Schaumburg
Motor vehicle accidents happen in an instant, but the consequences of these accidents can be serious and even lifelong. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a delivery vehicle accident, the attorneys at Therman Law Offices can help. You can rest assured that we can thoroughly review the facts of your case and determine your legal rights and options. We represent victims in Schaumburg, Wheaton, Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Lisle, Darien, and Bolingbrook, among other cities. For a free case evaluation, call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.