America relies on its delivery services. With the increasing number of people shopping online, delivery companies are adding more and more trucks and drivers to meet the demand. Millions of delivery trucks from UPS, USPS, FedEx, Amazon and other courier services enter the roads every day to bring goods to their destinations. If you get into an accident with a commercial delivery truck, ask an attorney from The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. if you have the right to file a claim. A successful personal injury claim could pay for your related damages. Call (210) 435-7968 today for a free consultation in San Antonio.
Why Clients Trust Aaron A. Herbert
- He is a specialist in personal injury law and one of very few attorneys in Texas who are State Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
- He has maintained a constant track record of success through aggressive litigation. Aaron is comfortable in court, with more than 50 personal injury trials in his history as a lawyer.
- He gives each client his undivided attention. Aaron got into personal injury law from a passion for helping others. He truly wants what is best for his clients.
- He accepts delivery truck accident cases in San Antonio on a contingency fee basis. He serves his clients without charging them anything upfront.
What Rules Must a Delivery Truck Service Obey?
Delivery and postal services have to obey strict safety laws to reduce the risk of their trucks and drivers getting into accidents. An agency called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration makes most of these laws. In addition, delivery truck drivers must obey general traffic laws. They must follow speed limits, roadway signs, and not drink and drive. If a delivery driver or company breaks any of these rules, they can be liable for related accidents.
- Driver hiring and training procedures
- Hours-of-service regulations for long deliveries
- Mandatory rest breaks
- Frequent truck inspections
- Proper load securement
- Truck weight and height limits
- Rules for transporting hazardous cargo
After a commercial delivery truck accident, contact an attorney to discover the cause of the crash. An attorney can analyze the available facts and information, as well as take steps such as hiring accident reconstructionists, to determine why the accident happened. Then, your lawyer can file a claim against the responsible party on your behalf.
Who Is Liable for a Delivery Truck Accident?
If a negligent delivery truck driver crashed into you as a motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian in San Antonio, the delivery company may be liable. Like all employers, delivery companies are vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees – including truck drivers and delivery workers. If the delivery driver was on duty at the time of the accident, the company will be vicariously responsible. The company could also be liable for its own acts of negligence, such as failing to properly train its delivery drivers.
You may have to bring a claim against the government in Texas if a United States Postal Service worker crashed into you. USPS is a government-owned business. Claims against the government in Texas have unique rules. Rather than having two full years to file your delivery truck accident claim, you must act within just a few months of your accident if the defendant is a government agency. The exact time limit will depend on where you are filing. In San Antonio, for example, you have 90 days, while in Austin, you have 45 days.
Don’t Wait – Contact Us Today About Your Delivery Truck Accident
Commercial delivery trucks should not endanger lives in the communities they serve. Federal and state laws improve the safety of delivery truck services. When a company or its employees are negligent, however, accidents can happen. If you were injured in a commercial delivery truck accident in San Antonio, someone may owe you financial compensation. Learn your rights and options during a free consultation at The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. Contact us today to schedule your meeting.