Car collision with delivery truck

Understanding Collisions With Delivery Trucks 

Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O.  June 25, 2024

Considering that trucks weigh as much as 20 or 30 times that of a standard car, truck collisions are quite severe.

There is a substantial danger associated with these collisions, especially when drivers are inattentive, fatigued, or in general unsafe. In 2017, more than 4,100 lives were lost in delivery truck collisions, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most of these fatalities involved passengers in passenger vehicles, with fewer than 17 percent involving semi-truck drivers. 

There was an almost 100 percent fatality rate among the occupants of passenger vehicles in collisions with semi-trucks. These truck collisions caused hundreds of thousands of people to suffer severe injuries and property damage.  

At Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O, we are dedicated to guiding our clients through the difficulties of delivery truck collision cases and ensuring you get the help you need. We can also help establish liability, providing thorough support to navigate these challenging circumstances.  

Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Collision?  

The Driver  

One of the key parties that could be held responsible is the truck driver. There are many factors that can contribute to the driver's liability, including negligence, recklessness, fatigue, distracted driving, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is important to note that the actions or inactions of the truck driver influence the determination of fault in such cases.  

The Trucking Company  

Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their vehicles to specific standards, ensuring proper equipment, and employing trained, qualified drivers. They may be liable for negligence if a collision occurs because of inadequate maintenance, improper loading procedures, unrealistic scheduling, or failing to conduct background checks on drivers.  

Third Parties  

Apart from the truck driver and the trucking company, there are additional third parties that could share liability in truck collisions:   

Manufacturers: If a faulty part or component in the truck plays a role in the collision, the manufacturer of that specific part may be held accountable under product liability laws.  

Maintenance providers: Those responsible for the upkeep of the truck, like mechanics or maintenance companies, could face liability if inadequate maintenance or negligent repairs contribute to the collision.  

At Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O, we provide the injured party with the knowledge and advocacy needed to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.  

Pursuable Claims Following a Delivery Truck Collision   

Truck collisions can cause severe injuries, ranging from neck and back injuries to head trauma, broken bones, and spinal cord damage. These injuries often require intensive medical treatment, including surgery, hospital stays, and rehabilitation. In severe instances, they may lead to long-lasting disability or mortality.   

If you have been in a collision caused by someone else's negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for a range of losses. This includes:  

  • Physical/emotional pain  

  • Medical expenses  

  • Emotional distress  

  • Loss of companionship  

  • Support for daily activities/long-term care  

  • Loss of income  

  • Wrongful death  

In the aftermath of a collision, entrust our firm with your legal consultation needs. We are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive the rightful compensation you deserve. We will be here to help you navigate your case with dedication and expertise, advocating tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome. 

What Is Liability in a Truck Collision?   

Liability refers to the legal responsibility of the party determined at fault. If you have been injured in such a collision, you have the right to pursue compensation from the accountable party or their insurance provider.  

How to Prove Liability for a Truck Collison

Demonstrating negligence is essential in determining fault involving a collision. This entails proving four critical elements:  

  1. The responsible party had a duty of care.  

  1. They breached this duty.  

  1. Their breach directly caused your injuries to occur.  

  1. You incurred losses as a result.  

As state-level negligence definitions differ, having an attorney here in Nebraska is imperative for navigating these legal nuances with ease. 

Evidence You Could Use to Prove Liability  

Delivery truck collisions often require a range of evidence, including videos, photos, and witness statements. Additional documentation such as truck ownership records, maintenance logs, driver contracts, and delivery schedules may also be needed.   

Seek guidance from our experienced personal injury attorney to help navigate the specific evidentiary requirements tailored to your case.  

Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney

Should you or a family member have experienced injuries here in Nebraska, Harris & Associates, P.C., L.L.O is available to offer support. Contact us today to request a free consultation to discuss liability matters and explore potential avenues for seeking compensation. We are pleased to offer our services to clients spanning Omaha, Dodge, Sarpy, Douglas, and Lancaster County, Nebraska. We are here to support you throughout your legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and advocating on your behalf every step of the way.