There are few things more devastating than being struck by a motor vehicle and sustaining serious injuries. Unfortunately, auto accidents happen every single day here in Connecticut. One less common, though not entirely rare type of auto accident, is those involving delivery drivers. Though these drivers typically travel at lower speeds, they are under an immense amount of pressure to meet all of their deadlines, especially around the holiday season, which, unfortunately, can increase the likelihood of accidents occurring. That said, if you were recently injured in a delivery driver accident, you’re most likely wondering who you’re supposed to sue to receive compensation for your injuries. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Stamford, Connecticut auto accident lawyer from Casper & de Toledo to learn more about these accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the common causes of delivery driver accidents?
Vehicle accidents involving delivery drivers can occur for a wide range of reasons. They can occur due to dangerous road conditions, malfunctioning truck equipment, and more; however, like most other accidents, they are frequently the result of driver negligence. Some common examples of delivery driver negligence are as follows:
- Speeding to meet deadlines
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting looking at a GPS while driving, or operating company hand-held devices)
- Failing to account for large delivery truck blind spots
- Driving while fatigued
If you were injured due to a truck driver doing any of the aforementioned at the time of your accident, there is a strong chance you will qualify for compensation; however, you must not proceed without a competent personal injury attorney in your corner.
Who do I sue for a delivery driver accident in CT?
After an accident with a delivery driver, it may be unclear who specifically you should sue. That said, the party you sue will depend upon whether the driver is a formal employee of a company or an independent contractor. For example, those who drive for FedEx, UPS, USPS, and other carriers are usually (but not always) employees, and you will, therefore, likely sue the company for compensation for your injuries. On the other hand, drivers for Amazon, Grubhub, Instacart, and other delivery services are often independent contractors, which means you may have to sue the driver’s personal insurance company for compensation and not the company for which they work. Ironing out these details can be time-consuming – making it important not to delay contacting qualified legal counsel.
Our legal team can guide you through each step of the injury claims process ahead. Call 203-325-8600 or email us by clicking on the CONTACT US link at the top of our website.