Although not all these drivers are required to carry a Commercial Driver’s License, they are considered professional drivers, and with that title comes the responsibility to maintain and operate their large vehicles safely.
Unfortunately, our personal injury attorneys in Austin know delivery vehicle drivers such as FedEx, UPS and Amazon, frequently speed and drive recklessly. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident with a delivery driver who is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and financial recovery.
Here is what you need to know about pursuing a delivery driver or their employer for compensation after they have been injured in an accident caused by negligence.
Are Delivery Drivers or Their Employers Liable for Accidents with Injuries in Texas?
Delivery driver accidents are complex, simply because there may be multiple parties that can be held liable for an accident with injuries or fatalities that result from a crash involving these large vehicles.
When any vehicle collision occurs, the driver’s negligent action or inaction typically points to the cause of the crash.
Speeding, distracted driving, failing to follow safety protocols in a delivery vehicle, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can all be factors that caused the crash.
Even when the delivery driver was clearly at fault, whether he or she was an agent or employee of the business while delivering is important to determine which insurance policies will provide the financial recovery our clients need to return to the quality of life they enjoyed before the crash.
By law, businesses are liable for the negligent conduct of their delivery drivers when they are acting in the course and scope of their employment at the time of the crash.
This is important because the employer, or parent company if the truck is owned by popular delivery companies like Amazon, FedEx, or UPS, often have higher policy limits and assets to cover catastrophic injuries — as opposed to the delivery driver’s personal coverage.
Even when it was clear that the delivery driver was at fault, the employer will waste no time in claiming he or she was off the clock or violating company rules at the time of the crash to to try to shield the company from liability.
Likewise, their insurance company and legal representatives will significantly undervalue or deny the claim altogether leaving the injured party to pay for their recovery out of pocket.
This is where we can help.
Our managing attorney and law firm founder, Glen Larson, has represented injured Texans — and injury clients throughout the United States — for more than 15 years with one important goal: To pursue dedicated results for the injured. We will apply the same dedication to your delivery driver accident claim, starting with a free consultation.
Contact Our Skilled Delivery Driver Attorneys in Austin at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys Today
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a delivery driver in Texas, call our skilled Austin personal injury attorneys at Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys at (512) 883-0277 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with our bilingual staff who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure your legal rights are protected.
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