Delivery truck accidents are common and generally the result of a worker trying to do their job too quickly and not paying attention to unknown surroundings. Whether it is a courier vehicle, a package delivery service, the postal service, or a dump truck, the drivers are always on a tight schedule. While rushing is no excuse for lack of attention, it is frequently the cause of collisions involving delivery trucks.
When a driver gets behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, the company they are delivering for is equally responsible for the driver’s actions. When delivery truck accidents occur, we do a thorough investigation. We look into the driver’s schedules, logbooks, maintenance records, and interview all witnesses. The truck accident attorneys at Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, will tenaciously pursue compensation from the trucking company, the driver, or both.
As these cases are never black and white, we will explore the gray areas to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and damages.
Depending on the particulars of the accident, there may be one or more responsible parties, including:
If you think that it may be complicated to sort out what happened and who was at fault, you’re right. That’s why we have a dedicated team of investigators at Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, who will look into every aspect of your accident and uncover as much evidence as possible to build a strong case.
Once we determine who the responsible party or parties are, we will either file a claim with the relevant insurance company or file a lawsuit against the entity responsible. Most commercial trucks are owned or rented by businesses that carry liability insurance for these situations, so there is sufficient insurance coverage for a truck accident claim in most cases. However, if your injuries were severe, and your damages exceed the insurance policy limit, we may pursue the trucking company for the remaining damages.
Yes, but this is probably not the best way to collect damages. The company the driver works for, or the company’s insurance carrier will likely be in a better position to pay your claim. Missouri laws also allow you to sue an employer for their employee’s actions in some situations.
“Respondeat Superior” is a legal concept that means an employer can be considered responsible for negligent acts of their employees if they meet specific criteria:
Often the employer will use one of the following defenses to argue that they were not responsible for the employee’s actions:
You may also be able to sue for negligent hiring. Companies are expected to screen potential employees, particularly those driving vehicles for the company, for criminal and driving offenses. They are also responsible for properly training their employees. If the business failed to do one of these things, it may have been negligent.
Since 1949, the lawyers at Goldblatt + Singer, the St. Louis Injury Law Firm, have helped clients recover over $400 million in compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation, and remember – we work on a contingency fee basis, so you will only be charged if we successfully recover compensation for you.