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Delivery truck accidents are on the rise. With more people ordering online because of the COVID pandemic, the sheer volume of packages being delivered has put more delivery vehicles on the roads. This means more serious traffic crashes: Delivery trucks and vans accounted for 9 percent of all roadway fatalities in the country in a recent year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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How do delivery vehicle accidents occur?

The pandemic has brought a dramatic increase in online purchasing. Retailers and freight companies are pushing their fleets to provide consumers with next-day or same-day delivery. This increases the risk of a collision with a delivery truck or van for other motorists on the roadways. Different factors can contribute to delivery vehicle accidents, including:

  • Distracted driving: Delivery vehicle drivers must navigate to different locations using GPS. They routinely receive updates on their phones. Although part of the job, this type of distraction can lead to accidents.
  • Driver fatigue: Long hours with few or no breaks is expected of delivery drivers. This can lead to fatigued driving.
  • Driver inexperience: 3.6 million truck drivers are delivering freight in the United States, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). But thousands more are being hired each year to keep up with industry demand. New drivers who lack experience with large delivery trucks and vans are more likely to be involved in accidents.
  • Exceeding the speed limit: Delivery drivers are working under time pressure. With quotas and deadlines to meet, they may be tempted to drive faster than the posted speed limit.
  • Driver unfamiliarity with roads: Drivers delivering packages on a new route may not be familiar with the roads and neighborhoods. Driver unfamiliarity with an area while maneuvering a large truck or van can increase the risk of wreck.

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Who is liable?

Delivery vehicle accidents are more complicated than accidents involving two-passenger cars. Some companies may contract out their deliveries to third parties. In that case, those third parties may be liable for the accidents their drivers cause, making it difficult to pursue a claim against the original company. Liability coverage on delivery vehicles can vary from one company to another. Even when a company has auto liability insurance with the limits to cover your losses, it may make a lowball settlement offer, instead of the compensation you deserve.

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How much insurance do delivery companies carry?

Delivery companies carry liability insurance to cover losses caused to others in cases of negligence and injury. Some delivery companies are shielded from liability by their business models – contracting deliveries out to other companies.

  • Amazon: Amazon does not own its delivery trucks but outsources to other companies. Individual drivers use their privately-owned vehicles for Amazon deliveries, which are tracked through a mobile app (similar to Uber or Lyft drivers) under the company’s Flex program. Amazon’s liability insurance only covers accidents that occur when a driver is on the clock. When a driver officially on duty with Amazon causes an accident, the company’s auto liability insurance policy covers up to $1 million per accident.
  • FedEx: If the company (FedEx Corporation) is found liable in a delivery accident, its liability policy with a combined single limit of $5 million per accident kicks in to cover any combination of bodily injury and property damage. But not all drivers are treated as employees by the company – some are considered independent service providers. This allows FedEx to distance itself from liability when a driver is at-fault for a crash.
  • UPS: Unlike some other delivery companies, UPS employs its drivers directly. The company may be held liable if one of its drivers causes an accident. UPS auto liability insurance provides combined single-limit coverage of up to $1 million per accident.

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Your compensation: The advocate you need on your side.

Your best chance of recovering full compensation after a delivery vehicle accident is to speak with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we know firsthand what it is like to be injury victims, and we do everything possible to make the legal process easier for our clients. Call us today at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777. You pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.

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