New Jersey’s busy roadways host a multitude of drivers every day. People across the state are constantly commuting for work and leisure. With so many people on the move, it’s imperative that drivers always travel safely. Because even when traffic is at it’s smoothest, accidents still occur. Because of the inherent dangers on the road, jobs that require driving take measures to assure the safety of their employees. Since a sizable portion of traffic is comprised of delivery drivers, companies like Fed-Ex, UPS, and the Postal Service vet their drivers and encourage safety. Even with these measures in place, however, delivery drivers still find themselves getting into accidents.
Fed-Ex, UPS, and the Postal Service operate over 100,000 delivery trucks each. Private companies like Amazon also boast fleets of thousands of trucks. Together, these companies log hundreds of millions of driving miles per year. When taken into account the sheer amount of delivery trucks on the road at any time, one can expect a certain amount of accidents to happen.
When an accident involving a delivery truck occurs, responsibility can fall on any number of parties. Some of these possibilities include:
• The driver could be distracted, speeding, or negligent, and cause the accident. In such a case, the driver, or his employer, would most likely be held responsible.
• There could be a defective part on the truck, contributing to the accident. In this case, the manufacturer of the defective part could be held responsible.
• There could be an obstruction in the road, which contributes to the accident. In cases like these, responsibility falls on the government agency responsible for the upkeep of the road.
• Other motorists impeding on traffic laws could cause the accident. In cases like these, the driver at fault would be found responsible.
When filing a case like this, it can be difficult to navigate the required legal process. For this reason, it is always recommended that a claim like this be undertaken with the help of a qualified lawyer. If you, or a loved one, were recently involved in a delivery truck accident, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. For more information, contact the law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C.. We can be reached at (609) 240-0040.