Delivery vans transport goods throughout Atlanta. Like everyone else, van drivers must be careful when operating their vehicles. If a driver is careless and causes an accident, they are liable. That’s where our Atlanta delivery van accident lawyers can help.
At John Foy & Associates, we are not afraid to fight for your rights. Our lawyers will help you build a strong personal injury claim. We’ll account for all of your costs to seek complete compensation.
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What a Delivery Van Means in Atlanta
Delivery vans are small to large vans for delivering goods. Companies or contractors use delivery vans to deliver goods or transport equipment. Postal services or companies like Amazon use vans to deliver packages.
Other names for delivery vans include cargo vans, panel trucks, or delivery trucks. There are usually two seats in the cab with two front side windows. The rest of the van is an open space for whatever goods the driver is transporting.
Why Delivery Vans Get into Accidents in Atlanta
Delivery van accidents happen in similar ways to other crashes. However, there are unique hazards for delivery vans too. Here are some of the main reasons we see delivery van accidents happen.
Vans have significant blind spots. In other words, there are areas that a van driver cannot see just by using their mirrors. If a driver is not mindful of a blind spot, they can back into another vehicle or person.
Delivery vans drivers should check their blind spots regularly before turning, merging, or backing up.
Delivery vans tend to be bulkier and more massive than typical cars. They’re often harder to navigate on Atlanta roads.
If a driver is not familiar with the van, they can collide with objects or run off the road. Sharp turns in a van can cause a rollover accident.
Some companies fail to train their drivers well enough. If a driver isn’t comfortable with the van, they can make simple mistakes.
A company might cut corners on training or hiring to save money. Unfortunately, this puts everyone on Atlanta roads at risk.
Delivery drivers often have strict deadlines to meet. They typically have countless deliveries to make in one day. The tight pressure can lead to avoidable mistakes.
Just one poor choice can lead to a severe delivery van accident.
Poor Van Maintenance
Sometimes, poor vehicle maintenance can lead to an accident. Delivery vans can travel thousands of miles within a short period. If the van is poorly maintained, it can break down or cause an accident.
Negligent Parties in Delivery Van Accidents
If you suffered injuries in a delivery van accident, you need to know your rights. You can pursue compensation for damages like:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
First, you’ll need to know who was at fault for your accident. The at-fault party is responsible for your costs. You can seek recovery by filing a personal injury claim with the insurance company.
The at-fault party varies by accident and could be any of the following.
The Delivery Van Driver
Drivers owe others on Atlanta roads a duty of care. If a driver breaches their duty of care, they are responsible for the damages. You’ll need to show how the delivery driver was negligent in your crash.
Drivers can be at fault for an accident because of:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving
An experienced lawyer will investigate how the crash occurred. They’ll determine how the driver’s actions led to your injuries.
If the driver caused your accident, call John Foy & Associates. We can start investigating immediately. We’ll work to build a strong injury claim and fight for what you deserve.
To get a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
The Delivery Company
If the driver works for a company, the company is typically liable for their actions (Georgia Code Section 51-2-2). If a driver is negligent during regular work duties, the employer is responsible.
The Van Manufacturer
Sometimes, accidents happen when a vehicle stops working properly. In that case, the vehicle manufacturer could be at fault. Your lawyer will determine if the issue occurred because of a defective part.
A Maintenance Company
Someone who worked on the delivery van could also be at fault. If the vehicle had problems after maintenance work, the mechanic might be liable.
When you call an Atlanta delivery van accident lawyer, they’ll look at your case. Your lawyer can determine who was responsible for your accident. They’ll use this information to begin building your case.
Delivery Truck Contractors vs. Employees
Not all delivery drivers are employees. Some drivers work as independent contractors, which complicates an accident case. Much like ridesharing drivers, delivery drivers might use their own vehicles and work under a freelance contract.
An employer is generally not responsible for negligence by an independent employee (Georgia Code Section 51-2-4). However, there are exceptions.
Your lawyer will determine the driver’s employment status. From there, they’ll either pursue the driver or the company for damages. In some cases, both the driver and the company are partially liable.
How Our Lawyers Will Help Your Accident Claim
If another party caused your accident, you should not have to pay. Our attorneys at John Foy & Associates are here to help. Here are some of the main ways we’ll fight for you.
Vast Experience with Van and Truck Accidents
We bring over 20 years of experience to the table. Our lawyers know what it takes to build a strong van accident case. We’re also experts in Georgia personal injury law. If you have questions about your case, we’re prepared to answer them.
Dedication to Personal Injury Law
Our lawyers only work for personal injury victims. We never represent insurance companies. No matter what, we’re on your side and ready to fight for you.
We regularly stay up-to-date on Georgia statutes and how they affect our clients. Our number one goal is getting you full compensation.
Strong-Arming the Insurance Company
Our founder is the “Strong Arm” for a reason. We’ll stand up to the insurance companies when they try to offer you less. We’re not afraid to take your case as far as necessary to win.
No-Risk to Work with Us
We work strictly on a contingency. That means we do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Plus, the initial consultation is 100% FREE.
Talk to an Atlanta Delivery Van Accident Lawyer for Free Today
Get help with your delivery van accident case as soon as possible. To get a FREE consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.