Delivery vans are some of the most common vehicles on the roadway. Delivery vans could be smaller like for florist companies dropping off arrangements, or larger commercial vehicles for parcel delivery companies. But delivery vans are also some of the most erratic vehicles on the roads because they are constantly stopping to make deliveries, quickly starting back up, and sometimes driving slowly to scan and look for an address. Even though most delivery van drivers are experienced and operate their vehicles safely, unfortunately many delivery van drivers are inexperienced or take needless, reckless, and dangerous risks. Victims injured in any type of delivery van or parcel delivery van accident should ask our Oregon delivery van accident lawyers how we can help.
This is because larger delivery van companies like UPS, FedEx, and the United States Post Office will be prepared for victims injured in delivery van crashes. These businesses preach safety, but in the event of a catastrophe they are ready to pass the blame on you by claiming it was your fault or that your injuries are preexisting or feigned. This is a classic defense technique which is why all victims of delivery van accidents need to consult with knowledgeable and aggressive Oregon delivery van accident lawyers to fight back.
Why are Delivery Vans More Dangerous Than Other Vehicles
Delivery van accidents are common because delivery vans are inherently more dangerous than regular passenger cars. There are several reasons why delivery vans are potentially more dangerous and deadly, including issues such as driver inexperience or maintenance errors. Some of the most common reasons why delivery vans are more dangerous include the following:
Proving Liability in an Oregon Delivery Van Accident
Determining liability in delivery van accidents can be a trickier than other types of Oregon motor vehicle accident for several reasons. For instance, if the delivery van constitutes a commercial vehicle, drivers must have a CDL license and they will be governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. A lawyer that does not regularly use these regulations would get lost in the extensive matrix of obligations and prohibitions.
Determining who the business owner that operates the delivery van can also be trickier. This is important because employers are liable for the negligent acts of employees that are committed within the scope of business. This is called respondeat superior, which makes the master vicariously liable for the servant’s actions.
This is an important concept in negligence accidents like delivery van crashes due to insurance coverage. While the individual employee as the delivery van driver may obviously be at fault for the crash, this person is likely to have limited insurance to cover your medical bills and injuries. But a delivery company is more likely to have a larger insurance policy to cover your injuries and medical bills.
Adding to the difficult is that larger companies that use local delivery vans, like florists, frequently have complicated contracts that set forth their rights and liabilities. This can be a nightmare to navigate, even for other motor vehicle accident lawyers. But with Oregon delivery van accident lawyers, many of these defense tactics are known and beatable.
Bend/Portland, Oregon Delivery Van Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.