With more and more people buying groceries, clothes, electronics, furniture, and other consumer goods on the Internet, it is common to see delivery trucks on our highways, Norfolk-area roads, and in our neighborhoods. FedEx, UPS, and local furniture stores are just some of the companies whose truck drivers routinely deliver goods to individuals. While accidents involving delivery trucks can occur anywhere, these crashes are unique in that they can happen right in your neighborhood. Here, negligent truckers cause tragic accidents with other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists—who are often small children.
Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents in Virginia
Delivery truck drivers are on a tight schedule and are often driving in unfamiliar areas—making a crash more likely. Here are some common reasons that these truckers cause accidents:
- Sudden stops. Delivery drivers making deliveries can make a sudden stop when they locate the address that they are looking for and cause another unsuspecting driver to cause a rear-end collision. This would be one of the rare situations where the trucker, and not the driver in the rear, would be at fault.
- Backing up. Backing up rather than circling the street is a common practice of delivery truck drivers when they pass the address of a delivery. Unfortunately, they can back into another vehicle, a bicycle rider, or a pedestrian.
- Fatigued drivers. Drivers often drive for many long hours. An accident can be the result if they make driving errors while fighting to stay awake or fall asleep at the wheel.
- Inexperience. Driving a delivery truck requires special training and experience. If an inexperienced and untrained delivery driver caused your truck accident, you could have a claim against both the driver and the trucking company.
- Improper loads. If a truck is improperly loaded, it can increase the likelihood of a truck rollover accident. In addition, if the load becomes unsecured, it can result in a multi-vehicle accident as other motorists attempt to swerve out of the way of the goods on the road or highway.
- Lack of maintenance. Delivery drivers and their employers have a duty to inspect and maintain their trucks. When they fail to do so, a tire could blow, the brakes could fail, or another maintenance problem could cause the driver to lose control of his truck.
Protect Your Rights by Retaining an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a family member were the victims of a delivery truck accident in Virginia, you need the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney to hold the truck driver and his employer responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Our skilled lawyers have decades of experience fighting for the rights of truck accident victims. Call our Norfolk office today to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.