How to Prove Negligence in a CA Delivery Truck Accident Case
To prove a delivery company’s negligence in a CA delivery truck accident case, you must prove that the truck belonged to the company and that the driver made a mistake that caused the accident.
Online shopping is so easy, but the trucks that deliver your purchases are so big that they can cause much more damage than a car. In fact, apart from delivery trucks from companies like Amazon, Fedex, and UPS, you rarely see commercial trucks on residential streets; the kind of damage that commercial trucks can cause is usually limited to interstate highways and major city streets. No matter what kind of vehicle caused the accident, people who get injured in preventable accidents have the right to file insurance claims and lawsuits against the person or company that is legally responsible for the accident. If you got injured in a preventable accident involving a delivery truck, contact the Murrieta delivery truck accident lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst LLP.
Who is Legally Responsible for Delivery Truck Accidents in California?
When two people driving their own cars get into a collision, the drivers’ liability insurance companies must sort out which driver bears which share of fault for the accident, and they determine the settlement amounts based on this. With major delivery companies like Amazon, the company owns the trucks. When you think about how much money Jeff Bezos has compared to how much money you have, it only makes sense to file a claim with Amazon’s insurance company instead of your own. All companies, even small businesses, must carry commercial liability insurance policies. Lyft, which does not own the vehicles its employees drive, still has commercial liability insurance policies with a policy limit of $1,000,000 per accident; thus, the delivery company has the greatest legal responsibility and the greatest ability to pay claims for accidents caused by its drivers.
What is Negligence in a Delivery Truck Accident Case?
In legal terms, negligence is a breach of the duty of care, which is the legal duty to be cautious enough to avoid preventable accidents. In the context of delivery truck accidents, it means that the delivery company is legally responsible for the driver’s mistake that contributed to the accident. Examples of negligence in delivery truck accidents, as in other motor vehicle accidents, include distracted driving, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Delivery companies should conduct thorough checks of employees’ driving records before hiring them; a delivery driver who drinks or uses drugs on the job will likely have met coworkers, who could have notified supervisors and stopped the driver from driving when unable to do so.
Contact a Murrieta Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer
A delivery truck accident lawyer can help you if you have been injured in an accident caused by a delivery truck driver. Contact Gibbs & Fuerst LLP in Murrieta, California to set up a consultation about your car accident case.