What should I do if I was involved in a crash with a delivery truck?
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, despite the loosening of restrictions throughout Nebraska. One of the most notable changes that we have seen during this time is the expansion of online retail businesses.
People have not been visiting shopping malls or retail stores nearly as much as they once did. The demand for retail items has not changed, but the need for retail delivery has spiked to levels not previously seen.
Can an increased demand for online retail services lead to more delivery truck accidents in Omaha?
Large online retailers, such as Amazon, have been working extra hard to keep up with the demands. It's not hard to notice an increase in delivery vans and box trucks on our major roads and in residential neighborhoods.
An increase in online retail business and delivery trucks on our roads can lead to more crashes. Here's why:
- Dangerous drivers: Retail companies may hire inexperienced or unlicensed drivers. They may also hire drivers with a history of bad driving habits, crashes and failure to comply with traffic laws.
- Overworked drivers: Drivers who spend long hours on the road may become fatigued. This can put them at risk of making dangerous errors on the road or falling asleep at the wheel.
- Hurried drivers: Retail delivery drivers may make hundreds of stops per day. With an increase in next-day deliveries and hundreds of other packages that must be delivered, drivers may resort to speeding and aggressive driving.
- Driving in residential neighborhoods: When entering residential neighborhoods, it's important that delivery drivers reduce their speed and pay attention to their surroundings. There are often pedestrians and bicyclists in residential neighborhoods.
- Dangerous vehicles: Some companies may ignore state and federal vehicle safety regulations due to shortages in delivery vehicles. In addition, some drivers may be permitted to use personal vehicles or box truck rentals. Crashes can be caused by loose wheels, brake failure, steering failure and tire blowouts.
What should I do if I was in a delivery truck accident?
Accidents involving delivery trucks can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. These include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Amputations or crushed limbs
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a delivery truck, you may be faced with costly medical bills while you're unable to work and collect a paycheck. You should not have to pay out of your own pocket because of someone else's negligence
The Omaha truck accident attorneys at Ausman Law Firm P.C., L.L.O. can help you explore your legal options and pursue a strong claim. We can also investigate the cause of your accident and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. To learn more, contact us online and set up your free consultation.