We see delivery trucks each day throughout Pennsylvania, including Erie. During the holidays, we often see an increase in the number of delivery trucks as consumers take advantage of online sales and free shipping offers. Unfortunately, accidents involving delivery trucks are more common than you might expect. In addition, these accidents can cause traumatic injuries for occupants of other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Locating Company Information for Delivery Truck Accidents
The FMCSA provides information on commercial carries for public access. Therefore, below are some of the information you can find on the FMCSA website for some of the largest delivery companies.
United Parcel Service
United Parcel Service (UPS) based in Atlanta, GA reports 7,788 vehicles in service and 597 vehicles out of service as of December 2, 2018. For the 24 months before December 2, 2018, the FMCSA reports UPS vehicles were involved in 2,166 crashes (54 fatal crashes and 765 injury crashes).
Federal Express Corporation
Federal Express Corporation (FedEx Express) located in Memphis, TN reports 1,976 vehicles in service and 111 vehicles out of service as of December 2, 2018. During the 24 months before December 2, 2018, the FMCSA reports FedEx Express vehicles were involved in 398 crashes (8 fatal crashes and 144 injury crashes).
DHL Express USA Inc
As of December 2, 2018, DHL Express USA Inc in Erlanger, KY reported 73 vehicles in service and 4 vehicles out of service. For the 24 months before December 2, 2018, the FMCSA reports DHL trucks were involved in 15 crashes (1 fatal crash and 4 injury crashes).
When you search for the names of delivery companies in the FMCSA database, you may find more than one entry. Therefore, a company could have additional accidents reported on various subsidiaries.
What Causes Delivery Truck Accidents?
Crashes involving delivery trucks occur for a variety of reasons. However, human error is a common factor in many truck accidents. Common factors in delivery truck accidents include:
- Improperly maintained vehicles
- Driver error, including impaired driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to yield
- Inexperienced drivers
- Weather conditions and road conditions
- Defective vehicle parts
- Poor or inadequate driver training
- Insufficient hiring policies
During the holidays, delivery companies may hire additional drivers to handle the increased number of packages for delivery. However, if the drivers do not have sufficient experience, the risk of an accident could increase. In addition, increased traffic through neighborhoods because of the holidays can contribute to an increase in delivery truck accidents.
Who Is Responsible for a Delivery Truck Accident?
As with other large truck accidents, the truck driver is often to blame for the cause of the collision. However, the delivery company and other third party may also have some liability for damages arising from a delivery truck accident. Therefore, it is important for an Erie delivery truck accident attorney to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause of the crash and the liable parties. By identifying all liable parties, you increase your chance of recovering full compensation for all damages.
By filing a personal injury claim for a delivery truck accident, you might receive compensation for your damages including:
- Loss of income
- Cost of medical care
- Physical suffering and pain
- Emotional stress
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent impairment
- Future damages