Overlooked Danger of Atlanta Delivery Truck Accidents


March 28, 2015

Whether you are at home in a residential neighborhood or at work in an industrial or business park setting, delivery trucks have a constant presence. The severity of delivery truck accidents stems from the same cause as those involving large commercial big-rigs; they are massive in weight and size compared to small passenger vehicles. Delivery trucks also have many of the handling and safety disadvantages that are customarily associated with big-rigs, including longer stopping distances, less responsive maneuvering and larger blind spots.

There are certain factors that are in inherent to the innate characteristics of delivery trucks, which can cause serious delivery truck crashes. When operators of delivery trucks do not allow sufficient following distance to compensate for longer stopping distances, braking accidents are common. Because drivers of delivery trucks often are rushing to meet unrealistic deadlines, speed related collisions may occur. Finally, delivery truck rollovers are common because of the heavy loads that the vehicles transport and the high center of gravity created by these loads.

Whether you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or occupant of a passenger car, it is imperative to seek prompt legal advice in the wake of a delivery truck collision. The delay of even a few days can potentially compromise your case because critical evidence at the accident scene may disappear or be altered. For example, skid marks may no longer be visible or overgrown foliage that created a blind corner may be pruned (in some situations the delay is more critical than others.  it is always best to consult an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. If our experienced Georgia truck accident law firm has access to the scene of the collision quickly enough, we can investigate and in some cases we may utilize accident reconstruction experts to analyze critical evidence to identify the financially responsible parties and causes of the collision. Evidence we may review includes:

  • Witness testimony
  • Law enforcement accident reports
  • Skid marks from tires of the vehicles
  • Positions of the damaged vehicles
  • Environmental factors like blind intersections
  • Crash impact evidence such as damage to the vehicles

While delivery truck accidents may be caused by a multitude of factors ranging from improper maintenance, unsafe or inattentive driving, lack of training or supervision and more, some of the most common or dangerous causes include:

  • Unsafe speed
  • Improper following distance
  • Failing to check behind the vehicle before backing
  • Distracted driving (e.g. cell phone use)
  • Improper merging when pulling into traffic
  • Lack of caution in residential areas where bicyclists and child pedestrians are often present

Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys represent clients in all types of collisions involving delivery trucks and services including:

  • Ice cream trucks
  • Fed Ex trucks
  • PODS trucks
  • Commercial freight delivery trucks
  • Mail trucks
  • Moving company trucks
  • Florist delivery trucks
  • Tool vendor trucks
  • UPS trucks

If you or someone close to you is injured or a family member dies in a commercial truck crash caused by a negligent driver, our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys can assist you in seeking full compensation for your injuries.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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