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Delivery trucks are a common sight on streets and highways throughout Middle Tennessee. Although they are often not as large as traditional tractor-trailers, they’re still much larger and heavier than standard passenger vehicles—and that size difference makes them especially dangerous during collisions.
Like big trucks, delivery truck accidents are often legally complex due to the sheer number of parties that may be considered responsible for a single vehicle. In addition to the driver, other parties that may share liability include the truck leasing company, the retailer using the truck to conduct business, and the owner of the truck.
One of the most important things to determine after delivery truck accidents, especially for the victims, is who was responsible for the accident. Determining liability often requires an in-depth investigation of the accident and every factor that could have caused it, such as:
Delivery trucks require frequent maintenance in order to be considered safe to drive. Because delivery trucks often accumulate thousands of miles in a short time period, they experience significant wear and tear on critical safety components. If those components aren’t repaired or replaced on a regular schedule, they can fail while the vehicle is being driven and lead to serious accidents.
In Tennessee, many delivery truck drivers are required to have special classifications on their licenses that permit them to drive oversized vehicles. If they lack proper licenses, either they or their employers can be considered liable for any damages that result from an accident. In addition, drivers are also required to maintain strict rest schedules if their deliveries require long-distance travel while also following standard traffic laws, such as abstaining from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Although delivery trucks are capable of hauling thousands of pounds of goods for long distances, they have maximum weight limits that should never be exceeded. But in an effort to maximize profits and reduce downtime, some companies may ignore these limits and overload trucks to the point where they become unsafe to drive. If an overloaded truck is involved in an accident, the company that leases or owns the truck and uses it for business can be held liable.
While it’s important for retailers and businesses to make their deliveries on time, it’s more important that they instruct all members of their delivery teams to uphold their own safety and the safety of others above all else. However, many businesses pressure drivers, loading crews, and other employees with making deliveries as fast as possible—even at the expense of important safety protocols and guidelines.
The Nashville truck accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law have helped many innocent victims who were injured by delivery trucks, and we know that many of these accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the truck driver, the truck owner, or the company that’s using the truck to conduct business.
Proving negligence in delivery truck accident cases can be difficult without experienced legal representation on your side. Our attorneys know what to look for in these types of cases to prove to insurance companies that the victims weren’t at fault and deserve full compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses.
Get in touch with our legal team today to find out how we can help you and your family after you’ve been injured in a delivery truck accident. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form.