Our Texas personal injury attorneys know the challenges our clients face after a crash with a passenger vehicle changes their lives.
First, because of the size differential between the truck and the car or SUV, it collides with, our clients’ injuries are often much more severe.
Next, pursuing the compensation you may be entitled to for the crash may be a much more complicated process, because the delivery company’s insurance company representatives and legal counsel are going to challenge every aspect of your financial recovery needs.
Here are a few tips to help build your case for success.
Call 911 Immediately After a Traffic Collision with a Delivery Vehicle
Calling 911 immediately after an accident occurs is imperative to your well-being. If you have been injured in a crash, you may need first responders to evaluate your physical injuries and transport you to the nearest medical facility.
Calling 911 will also send police officers to the accident scene so they can outline how the crash occurred, interview witnesses, and create a police report. If your injuries allow you to stay behind, explain the accident to officers from your point of view by stating facts and remaining calm.
Ask the responding officer to see the police report before they leave the scene, so you can immediately correct any missing or inaccurate information. Then ask how quickly the report will be filed, and when you can obtain a copy.
There will be an accident report number that corresponds to your file. Record it, so you can easily access the report later or share it with your personal injury attorney.
Collect All Information From the Scene of the Crash
Just as you would in any type of crash, collect all pertinent information from the scene. That includes whether the delivery driver was actively working when the collision occurred.
That may include recording:
- The delivery driver’s license, employment identification, registration, and insurance information
- Pictures and videos of all vehicles involved in the crash include any identifying corporate markings on the truck
- The date, time, weather conditions, and location of the crash
- Any other vital details, including whether the other driver was speeding or running a red light
Be sure to obtain any witness information, including their contact information, as their testimony can help increase your negotiating power with the insurance company later.
Seek Medical Care Immediately
If you were able to stay behind and wait for the police, seek medical care as soon as the scene is closed.
Whether you go directly to an emergency room, or to see a private physician, you must understand the extent of your injuries right away. This will allow you to get the medical care you need now and outline a treatment plan going forward.
Skilled Texas Car Accident Attorney to Take Your Case From Here
If you are unsure as to whether you need a car accident attorney to help with your case, consider that your next steps will involve contacting your insurance company, the delivery driver’s corporate office, and their insurance company or legal advisors.
The next set of phone calls is going to be challenging. UPS, FedEx, and Amazon all hire independent contractors to deliver packages, which means they will immediately use this loophole, when applicable, to tell you they are NOT responsible for your injuries.
Next, they may claim they were not at fault because the employee was technically off duty when the crash occurred, meaning the collision was outside of the daily duties of the driver.
Even if it was clear that their delivery driver was at fault for your crash, at the very least, you are going to get the runaround. Worse, you may be intimidated by their representatives who will do everything they can to avoid paying for your claim. We can help.
Our legal team pursues dedicated, driven results for our clients. There is never a charge to talk to an attorney and we have over 15 years of experience helping victims of delivery vehicle accidents. We stand ready to help you. Call today.
Contact Our Skilled Delivery Vehicle Accident Attorneys in Austin at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys Today
If you have been hurt in a crash with a UPS, FedEx, or Amazon delivery driver in Texas, call our skilled Austin personal injury attorneys at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys at or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.