Steps to Take After an Accident Involving a Delivery VehicleNovember 19, 2019
According to recent reports from Buzzfeed and ProPublica, there have been at least three fatal crashes that involved Amazon delivery drivers. Reporters found that Amazon puts intense pressure on its fleet of independent delivery contractors, which left one delivery driver and two non-employees dead. Motorists who are injured in a car accident involving a delivery truck may be eligible for compensation. There may be complications, however, since Maryland is a pure contributory negligence state, which means that if a driver is even partly responsible for causing the accident, they will not be entitled to compensation. A skilled car accident lawyer can review the case and recommend the best legal course of action.
The contributory negligence law can make it very difficult for car accident victims to collect compensation, even if the other driver involved was 99 percent responsible for causing the accident. The following are some examples of contributory negligence:
- Car Accident: If a motorist was injured in a car accident, but they were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, they may be found partly negligent.
- Slip and Fall Accident: If an accident victim slips on a wet floor after ignoring a posted sign, they may be partly at-fault for the injuries.
- Pedestrian Accident: If a pedestrian was injured after failing to obey traffic laws, they may be partly at-fault for the injuries.
Principle of Respondeat Superior
If a motorist is injured in a car accident involving a delivery truck, and the delivery driver was at-fault, the injured victim may invoke respondeat superior, which is a legal principle that makes employers legally responsible for their employees’ actions, particularly if the worker was engaging in unsafe driving behavior. This principle applies to all delivery companies, including FedEx and UPS. Any motorist was injured by a reckless delivery driver should take the following steps:
- Call 911 so that police and/or emergency medical personnel can be sent to the scene of the accident.
- Exchange information with the truck driver, including contact information, description of the vehicle, and employer information.
- Seek immediate medical care if there were injuries involved. If there were no serious injuries, it is highly recommended that car accident victims seek medical attention to rule out a concussion or internal injuries that do not always show symptoms right away.
- Keep copies of records, including police reports, medical information, and any other documents related to the accident.
- Contact the insurance company.
A skilled car accident lawyer can address any questions and concerns that may arise and ensure that the victim’s legal rights are protected.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Maximum Compensation for Car Accident Victims
If you were seriously injured in a car accident involving a delivery truck, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will guide you through every step of the claims process and obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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