DHL trucks make deliveries all over the United States, including in Atlanta. If one of the drivers is careless, they can cause an accident. Unfortunately, a DHL truck accident leaves the victim with severe damages. If you or a loved one suffered injuries, our Atlanta lawyers can help.
John Foy & Associates has been assisting accident victims for over 20 years. We’ll help you build a claim against the DHL truck driver or company. Plus, there are no upfront fees to work with us.
We don’t charge fees at all unless we win your case. For a FREE, no-risk consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Why DHL Trucks Become Involved in Accidents
DHL is a parcel and express-mail company. The company delivers nearly 1.6 billion packages per year. As commercial drivers, DHL operators should be extra careful—but that doesn’t always happen.
Many commercial drivers are good at their jobs. However, some drivers make careless mistakes that become fatal. When a driver is negligent, they can seriously harm other motorists in Atlanta. Plus, DHL trucks often drive in downtown areas where they may hit pedestrians.
Specific factors make DHL trucks more prone to dangerous accidents. Here are some reasons we see for delivery truck accidents:
Large Trucks Have Huge Blind Spots
If the driver doesn’t check blind spots, they can merge or back into a motorist or pedestrian.
Turns Are Difficult with DHL Trucks
Delivery trucks are much larger than passenger cars. Many trucks must swing wide to make safe turns. If a driver is inexperienced, they can cause an accident while turning.
DHL Drivers Have Tight Deadlines
Delivery truck companies often set strict deadlines for drivers. Some could argue that the deadlines are unrealistic or unfair. When a driver is under pressure, they’re more likely to:
- Make dangerous decisions
- Drive aggressively
- Make risky maneuvers
- Fall asleep while driving
Drivers might take risks that put everyone in Atlanta at risk. Plus, dangerous behavior is more likely to cause a severe accident.
Driver fatigue is a significant problem with truck drivers. With high-pressure deadlines, truckers might skip necessary breaks. As a result, drowsy drivers are operating huge, dangerous trucks on the road.
Some Drivers Lack Training
The DHL company must ensure they properly train each driver. The company should also correctly vet a driver before hiring them. If an inexperienced driver causes an accident, the company could be at fault.
Faulty Truck Parts
Strict deadlines can also lead to cut corners with vehicle maintenance. For example, the driver or the company could fail to keep up with regular servicing. As a result, truck parts can lead to severe crashes.
DHL truck drivers are on Atlanta roads at all times of the day. That includes during the busiest times of the day. Unfortunately, all of the above factors can contribute to accidents.
Your Rights After a DHL Truck Accident in Atlanta
If a DHL truck hits you, you have legal rights. As an injury victim, you can probably seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Before filing a claim, you’ll need to know who was at fault.
Here are the most common at-fault parties in a DHL truck accident.
The DHL Truck Driver
Truck drivers must avoid harming others while on the road. If a driver is negligent (or careless) and causes an accident, they are liable. The injured person in the accident can seek compensation.
As the injury victim, you might be able to bring a case against the driver. Typically, you’ll start with a personal injury claim against the insurance company. If you cannot settle, you might need to bring a lawsuit.
DHL truck drivers might cause an accident because of:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Aggressive driving
- Other traffic violations
- Failing to yield
You’ll need to show how the driver was at fault for your accident. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help.
The Delivery Company
Under Georgia Code §51-2-2, an employee is responsible for their employees’ actions after an accident. If the driver caused the accident while doing their job, you can probably file a claim with the company. However, the statute only applies if the driver is an employee.
Truck Drivers as Employees vs. Independent Contractors
Some delivery companies hire independent contractors, not employees. If a truck driver is a contractor, liability laws are different. An employer is usually not liable for the actions of an independent contractor.
You’ll need to determine the DHL driver’s work status. Their employment might dictate where you file your injury claim. If you’re unsure, your DHL truck accident lawyer can investigate the details.
The Truck Manufacturer
Sometimes, defective truck parts lead to an accident. If the DHL truck contained defective or faulty parts, the manufacturer could be at fault.
Delivery trucks need routine maintenance. If a driver does not keep up with maintenance, they are typically at fault. However, a mechanic could also be responsible for poor services on the truck.
As you can see, truck accidents become complicated quickly. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll handle the research. You can focus on healing from your injuries.
Contact us today to discuss the details during a FREE consultation. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys are here to help you. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your FREE consultation.
Talk to an Atlanta DHL Truck Accident Lawyer for Free Today
DHL truck accidents often leave victims with life-changing injuries and damages. If you or a loved one suffered injuries, you have rights. You should not have to bear the costs of someone else’s mistakes.
At John Foy & Associates, we only work for injury victims like you. Our lawyers are not afraid to take your case as far as necessary. We’ll help you fight for the fullest financial recovery possible.
We do not charge a fee unless we win your case. There are no upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs for you to worry about. To get started with a FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.