Delivery truck crashes can cause major destruction. Not only do these wrecks cause property damage but they can also lead to severe bodily injury, and even death. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can assist you in figuring out your next steps. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our highly skilled Massachusetts truck accident attorneys understand the grief, anxiety and frustration that our clients experience after a truck accident, which is why we are committed to offering our sincere support and guidance every step of the way.
Last month, emergency responders spent hours cleaning up an accident scene after more than 1,000 packages fell onto Interstate 495. There were two separate accidents in the southbound lanes of the highway that night. One accident was between a tractor-trailer and a personal vehicle; the second accident involved two tractor-trailers. One of the trucks was a UPS truck that sustained severe damage to its trailer. In fact, the entire side of the box truck was torn off spilling in excess of 1,000 packages across the highway – many of which were crushed or smashed. Three individuals were rushed to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is still unknown and the collision is still under investigation.
All drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws and adhere to all relevant regulations. Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to strict state and federal laws set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules are designed to promote safety on the road and minimize the risk of accident. Common causes of delivery vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive speeding;
- Running red lights;
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Mechanical failures;
- Unsecured or overloaded cargo;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and/or
- Distracted driving.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. Negligence takes place when a truck driver fails to exercise the level of care behind the wheel that a reasonably prudent truck driver would have used in the same or similar situation, thereby causing an accident and resulting in harm. For example, if a truck driver causes an accident because he or she was speeding excessively to deliver packages on time, that driver would likely be on the hook for the accident and any resulting damages.
Depending on the specifics of the case, you may also be able to sue a negligent truck driver’s employer for the truck driver’s negligence. This is typically possible when the truck driver’s negligence took place within the “course and scope” of employment.
Truck accidents can have devastating and lifelong consequences for those involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, it is vital to retain legal counsel. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our diligent Massachusetts auto accident attorneys want you to focus on your recovery while we focus on your legal claims. For honest and reliable representation at every stage of the process, call us today at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.