If you have been injured in a delivery truck accident, you need the immediate help of an experienced Michigan package delivery accident lawyer.
Millions of packages are delivered every year by delivery companies like FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and other courier services. In addition, online retailers like Amazon and Walmart are major players in package delivery services. The sighting of an Amazon truck is pretty much a daily occurrence in the United States.
Due to the increase in online shopping since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of these companies have been hiring additional support and growing their third-party delivery network.
In some cases, this may mean that drivers are untrained, who may speed or break other laws to deliver packages on time, which can cause major accidents. Our skilled and compassionate attorneys will gather evidence surrounding your accident and work tirelessly to build your claim for compensation.
We work hard to get you every penny you deserve and will deal directly with your insurance company to get all of your medical bills, lost wages, and other no-fault insurance benefits paid.
- Do I Need to Hire a Package Delivery Accident Lawyer?
- What Are the Main Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents?
- Common Types of Injuries
- Legal Rights for USPS Truck Accidents
- How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Delivery Truck Accident Attorney?
Do I Need to Hire a Package Delivery Accident Lawyer?
If you were involved in an accident with a package delivery truck, it is important to have a lawyer begin an investigation right away.
Our delivery truck accident lawyers will begin working immediately. We hire top investigators and accident reconstruction experts, interview witnesses, and preserve important evidence.
There are strict deadlines for filing insurance and personal injury claims. If you are unsure about hiring a package delivery accident lawyer, call us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.
What Are the Main Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents?
While mistakes are common on the roadways, the cause of a delivery truck crash is often due to inexperience or the careless, reckless, or malicious behavior of the driver.
Some delivery drivers say they’re expected to make more than 250 deliveries per day, which is 48% more than the 120 expected five years ago. This increase in workload leads to drivers taking more risks to get their routes done in the same amount of time.
Other causes of Michigan delivery truck accidents are:
- Poor training
- Improper turns
- Blind spots
- Equipment failures
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
- Failure to yield
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Drug or alcohol use
- Poor road conditions
- Wrong-way accidents
- Unfamiliar delivery area
In some cases, the delivery vehicles may be poorly maintained. These vehicles often fall just under the weight limit that would require them and their drivers to be regulated by the Department of Transportation. These sprinter-style cargo vans may have unfamiliar sightlines and a lack of safety technology, such as backup cameras.
Our experienced Michigan package delivery accident lawyers will full investigate all causes of your crash. Call us for a free consultation now!
Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries
No matter the cause, the resulting damages inflicted on an truck accident victim are serious. Some damages may be minor, such as scrapes bruises, and sprains, others may be catastrophic and life-changing.
The most serious pain and suffering injuries suffered in a Michigan package delivery accident are:
- Traumatic brain injuries, closed head injuries, and concussions
- Spinal cord injures, including quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Back and neck injuries, like herniated discs and bulging discs
- Broken bones and fractures
- Knee and shoulder injuries, such as a torn meniscus or a rotator cuff tear
- Nerve damage in the arms, legs, and hands
- Burns to the face and body
- Permanent scars and disfigurements
Along with the physical injuries caused by a collision with a delivery truck, an injured person will likely have significant psychological and emotional trauma. This occurs from the physical pain and suffering associated with the injuries and the effects on a person due to life-altering injuries. These emotional injuries affect the victim, spouses, partners, and children.
Who Can I Sue for a Michigan Delivery Truck Accident?
You can sue the package delivery driver if you were hit by their delivery truck. To win your case against the driver, the evidence must prove they drove negligently, carelessly, or violated the rules of the road and cause the accident. Essentially, you must show the delivery driver was at fault.
You can also sue the delivery company or retailer for the crash. However, in some instances, the trucks that deliver for the company may be owned and operated by delivery contractors rather than the company itself. But, because these delivery contractors often work on exclusive contracts, it is still possible to sue the company for injuries their drivers cause.
Legal Rights for United States Postal Service Truck Accidents
For accidents involving a United States Postal Service (USPS) mail truck or another federally-owned vehicle, an injured person should be aware that there is an entirely different set of laws for filing a claim for compensation against the federal government.
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), a notice of an injury must be made within two years of the accident with the USPS mail truck. This notice must be given to the appropriate federal agency that employs the postal driver or mail carrier, such as the U.S. Postal Service.
To make this notice, a potential claimant must complete an administrative claim form, also known as Form 95. It is crucial that a person injured in a crash with a mail truck carefully and properly complete this form for all claims, including property damage and injury claims. Any failure to comply with these specific procedures might void a person’s otherwise valid claim.
Usually, the statute of limitations to file a claim against the federal government is shorter than the standard three-year deadline for other truck crash claims.
Furthermore, if a claim is denied, the injured person has six months from the date of the denial in which to file a lawsuit against the federal government. Because of the stakes involved in these claims, a person seeking compensation should reach out to a skilled attorney to discuss seeking compensation against a postal mail truck driver.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Delivery Truck Accident Attorney?
It does not cost anything to hire a Michigan delivery truck accident lawyer at Buckfire Law Firm. Our truck accident attorneys do not charge any fees to start your case and we only get paid when you receive your settlement check at the end of the case. This is called a contingency fee agreement.
Under this arrangement, we also pay all of the case expenses and get a percentage of the settlement at the very end of the case when your check is received.
Are there Lawyer Fees if I Receive no Settlement ?
No. Under our contingent fee agreement, there are no legal fees if the case is unsuccessful and you do not receive a settlement. You owe us nothing.
Contact a Michigan Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer
To find out what your case is worth, call our award-winning delivery truck accident attorneys right now.
We will listen to your story and begin our investigation immediately. Once we get a full picture of the accident, we give you our best opinion on what your case is worth. We work hard to win you the highest possible settlement or verdict.
Call now to speak with a delivery truck accident lawyer. We will start working on your case immediately.
Michigan Delivery Truck Accident References and Resources
- 29000 Inkster Road
Southfield, MI 48034
- Phone: (248) 595-7544
- 19 Clifford St.
Suite 805 Merchants Row
Detroit, MI 48226
- Phone: (313) 992-8281
- 1001 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
- Phone: (313) 777-8482
- 343 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
- Phone: (734) 888-3003
- 51424 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Township, MI 48316
- Phone: (586) 250-2626