Delivery trucks are designed to transport large quantities of products such as mail or other goods. The drivers of these vehicles can be put under significant time constraints to get their deliveries to destinations as quickly as possible.
Most delivery vans are bigger than standard automobiles, which increases the likelihood of more considerable damage in accidents involving these vehicles. Unfortunately, accidents involving delivery trucks can result in innocent people suffering a wide range of injuries.
If you sustained severe injuries or lost a loved one in a delivery van accident in the greater Greenville area, you should secure legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can determine who is liable for your accident and ensure that they are held accountable for the pain they have caused you.
Hammack Law Firm has a record of success that includes multiple six-figure settlements or verdicts for our clients. We can help you understand all of your legal options when you call (864) 326-3333 or contact our Greenville delivery van accident lawyers online to receive a free consultation.
Do I Need A Delivery Van Accident Lawyer?
When a delivery van driver is at fault for an accident, the company that employs the driver may be liable for damages. That company’s insurer is likely to take a number of immediate actions to reduce the amount it ultimately pays you.
In many cases, an insurance company will attempt to shift the blame away from its driver and attribute as much negligence as possible to you. The most common way that this is accomplished is through statements provided by the actual victims.
People unknowingly admit to actions that make them legally negligent during recorded statements, and these statements are then used to justify refusals to provide compensation. You should avoid talking to insurance agents for precisely this reason, and instead let an attorney deal with the insurer on your behalf.
The trucking company’s insurance company may also offer you a lump sum settlement, but it’s important to remember that their offer will probably be way less than what you’re entitled to. It is best to have an experienced lawyer handle all of your settlement negotiations so they can get you a just award, or file a lawsuit and take your case to court if necessary.
Why Choose Hammack Law Firm To Handle My Case?
Hammack Law Firm is a Greenville-based law firm serving all of South Carolina and Georgia, and our Client Bill of Rights offers a 30-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee.
Mr. Hammack has been licensed in Georgia since 1999, and South Carolina since 2000. He is licensed to practice in all South Carolina and Georgia state courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Hammack received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence. He is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Trucking Industry Defense Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar, State Bar of Georgia, and Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.
We are so confident in our ability to win you a fair and full settlement that the lawyers of Hammack Law Firm work on a contingency fee basis. This means you won’t pay us a penny unless we obtain compensation for you.
Types of Delivery Van Accident Cases We Handle
Many different companies own delivery vans or trucks. Common companies involved in delivery truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
- DHL Express
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- Averitt Express
- CRST International
- FFE Transportation
- B. Hunt
- Landstar System
- PAM Transport
- Patriot Transportation
- Roehl Transport
- WTI Transport
- ABF Freight System
- Averitt Express
- Con-way Freight
- Estes Express Lines
- New England Motor Freight
- Old Dominion Freight Line
- Pitt Ohio Express
- R+L Carriers
- Trailer Bridge
- XPO Logistics
- YRC Worldwide Inc.
- Access America Transport
- American Lamprecht Transport
Delivery vans could also be owned by a number of smaller local companies, such as pizza delivery, repair trucks, armored trucks, and furniture delivery trucks. The types of vehicles companies use also vary, as some vehicles are vans while others may be box trucks or flatbed trucks.
Delivery vehicles can be involved in a wide variety of accidents, with the most common including:
- Rear-end accidents
- Speeding accidents
- Improper or illegal turns
- Head-on collisions
- Jackknife accidents
- Blindspot accidents
Many of these crashes result from delivery driver negligence. Causes of delivery van accidents can include, but are not limited to:
- Driver fatigue
- Lack of driver training
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to maintain the vehicle
- Malfunctioning vehicle parts
- Inclement weather
Delivery vehicle crashes can cause many kinds of severe injuries. The most common injuries people suffer in these accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Burn injuries
- Neck injuries
- Muscle strains
In the worst cases, people can lose their lives in these tragic accidents. If you’ve lost a family member in a delivery vehicle accident, Hammack Law Firm can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against those whose negligence cost you your loved one.
Frequently Asked Questions About Delivery Truck Accidents
What should I do if I was involved in a delivery van accident?
The immediate aftermath of any motor vehicle accident can be a very stressful and traumatic time. You should try your best to take the following steps:
- Get Medical Attention — Always make sure that you receive medical care, even when you do not think that you were hurt. Remember that some serious injuries have very delayed symptoms, and failure to seek immediate treatment can create a number of difficulties later on.
- Call the Police — Make sure that you get a police report completed on your accident.
- Take Pictures — Use any camera available to take as many photographs as you possibly can of the vehicles, people, and all other notable factors relating to your accident before the evidence disappears.
- Get Witness Contact Information — If you’re able, talk to potential witnesses and get their names and phone numbers. They may be able to provide useful statements to help your case.
- Contact a Lawyer — Do not wait to reach out to an attorney for assistance with navigating the legal process going forward.
What kinds of compensation could I be entitled to?
Many delivery van cases end in settlements because insurance companies do not want to pay all of the expenses needed to take a case to trial. When a delivery van crash case does reach the courtroom, a victim who proves their case by a preponderance of the evidence could be awarded various compensatory damages, which are usually comprised of economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages apply to the actual costs a victim has incurred or will incur, such as medical expenses, lost income, and property damage. Noneconomic damages include emotional or psychological harm such as disfigurement, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. While punitive damages could be available in some cases, they are usually rare because punitive damages are required to be proven by clear and convincing evidence that harm was caused by a defendant’s willful, reckless conduct.
What is the South Carolina Tort Claims Act?
Chapter 78 of Title 15 of the South Carolina Code is otherwise known as the South Carolina Tort Claims Act. State law dictates procedure for people injured because of the state, a political subdivision of the state, or an employee acting within the scope of their official duty for the state. Under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act, damages are limited (or “capped”) at $300,000 for any one individual filing suit over a single act of negligence and $600,000 for any single occurrence, regardless of the number of claimants.
Delivery Van Accident Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that motor vehicle accidents are the first or second leading cause of death for every major industry group. There were 1,299 American workers killed in work-related crashes while driving or riding in a vehicle on public roads in 2017, and another 522 deaths involved workers driving or riding in vehicles off public roads.
Semi, tractor-trailer, and tanker trucks accounted for the highest proportion of roadway fatalities with 38 percent, followed by pickup trucks with 14 percent, and then delivery trucks or vans with 11 percent. The transportation and warehousing industry accounted for 40 percent of deaths, followed by construction with 11 percent, wholesale and retail trade with nine percent, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting with seven percent.
Contact a Delivery Van Accident Attorney in Greenville
If you lost a loved one or suffered catastrophic injuries in a delivery van accident in Greenville or a surrounding area of South Carolina, do not wait another moment to secure legal representation so that you can have the best chance of receiving justice.
Hammack Law Firm will work tirelessly to help you obtain all of the compensation you need and deserve to focus on healing. Call (864) 326-3333 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.