Delivery vehicles are all over the road in Texas. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 1.5 million people working as delivery drivers nationwide. For a number of different reasons, delivery trucks pose a unique safety risk. Accidents can occur because of:
- Frequent stops by delivery vehicles;
- Distracted and fatigued truck drivers; and
- Delivery drivers rushing to meet tight deadlines.
You need to know how to protect your rights after being hurt in an accident with a delivery truck driver. Here, our Brazoria County delivery vehicle accident attorneys provide an overview of the key steps to take after a collision with a delivery vehicle in Texas.
Four Steps to Take After a Delivery Vehicle Accident in Texas
- Get Emergency Medical Attention
Emergency medical needs come first. If you or your loved one was seriously hurt in a crash with a delivery truck in Texas, it is imperative that you get to the nearest hospital. Non-emergency injuries should also be evaluated promptly. Not only is it your right to see a doctor, it is your responsibility. To recover compensation after a delivery vehicle accident, you must seek medical attention.
- Secure as Much Information as Possible
Texas is a fault-based motor vehicle accident state, including for delivery vehicle collisions. You will need evidence to hold a negligent delivery company (or its insurer) liable for your crash. All delivery vehicle accidents should be reported to state or local law enforcement. Relevant evidence includes:
- The name of the delivery driver;
- The name of the driver’s employer;
- The truck’s color, license player, and other details;
- Photographs of the accident;
- Contact details for witnesses; and
- The police report.
- Do Not Speak to the Delivery Company or its Insurance Carrier
In most cases, delivery vehicles are covered by commercial insurance policies. These insurance companies are extremely aggressive. You may get a call from the delivery company or its insurance carrier within a few days of the accident. You are not obligated to answer questions at this time. You have the right to focus on your health and your physical/mental recovery. The insurance company wants to find things to use against you.
- Get Help From a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
After a serious crash, it is best to deal with the delivery driver, delivery company, and any implicated insurers through a skilled Texas personal injury lawyer. An attorney who has experience handling delivery vehicle accident claims in Southeast Texas will be able to protect your rights and make sure that you are able to get the full financial benefits you rightfully deserve.
Call Our Brazoria County Delivery Vehicle Accident Lawyers Today
At the Kolodny Law Firm, our Texas auto accident attorneys are devoted to providing the highest level of guidance and support to injured victims. If you or someone you know was injured in a delivery vehicle crash, we are ready to help. Call us now or contact us online to set up a free review of your personal injury case. Our law firm represents injured victims throughout Brazoria County, including in Pearland, Angleton, Freeport, Alvin, and Lake Jackson.