Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve sustained injuries from an accident with a delivery truck you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced truck accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can help.
Many types of businesses and personal delivery companies use delivery trucks, yet despite their large numbers, those who drive the popular delivery trucks and vans that we see on our West Palm Beach streets and roads are not required to obtain a special commercial license as long as the delivery vehicle weighs less than 26,001 pounds. This means the driver may not have undergone any additional training unless the company who hired them required it. You should not have to pay if negligence on the part of the driver or the delivery service owner caused an accident in which you were injured.
For over forty years, the team at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. has been helping West Palm Beach residents who have been hurt or have suffered losses in accidents with delivery trucks. We have secured financial settlements that have helped pay medical bills, helped with rehabilitation, replaced lost income, and compensated for pain and suffering. Our team stands ready and able to work on your behalf, and you don’t pay us unless and until we secure a financial settlement or jury award for you.
Don’t let another day go by wondering how to get justice on your own. This is not the time to go through this alone. We’re here to help; just call us at (561) 689-8180 and let us seek justice for you.
Common Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents in West Palm Beach
Most delivery truck drivers operate on delivery deadlines. For some, their workday does not end until each package is delivered. This creates immense pressure to reach their destinations by the time promised to each of their clients, and to finish their deliveries so they can go home. If they are not familiar with certain parts of West Palm Beach, they may be distracted looking for addresses. Some delivery companies do not allow cell phones or GPS location finders in delivery vehicles, but they do allow paper maps or books, which can also be distracting for the driver to use.
These pressures and distractions can lead to speeding, failure to stop or running a red light, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and not seeing pedestrians or other vehicles until it’s too late. In fact, distracted driving accounted for 234 fatalities around the state of Florida in 2017, with 27,852 injuries and possible injuries of all types. With limited protection, bicyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable; Palm Beach County recorded 1,266 collisions in 2019 involving bicyclists and pedestrians – 44 of those resulted in fatalities.
County statistics show 27,273 total crashes in 2017 among all types of vehicles, resulting in 162 fatalities and almost 16,000 injuries. Across the state, drivers of medium and heavy trucks weighing more than 10,000 lbs. – like those used for deliveries – were involved in 11 fatalities that year, and 561 injuries and possible injuries of all types.
Common Injuries from Delivery Truck Accidents
Common injuries from accidents with delivery trucks can range from less severe to life-threatening. Delivery trucks have added weight from packages and boxes of all sizes that can compound the seriousness of a crash. Even non-life-threatening or relatively minor injuries, such as a knee or wrist injury, can cause loss of income and serious medical bills. Many physical injuries require long-term physical therapy or other rehabilitation treatments. Think of how one of these common injuries might affect your livelihood, your ability to fully enjoy life, and even how it could affect your family:
- Broken bones
- Head / brain injury
- Knee injuries, including torn ligaments or meniscus
- Spinal cord injury
- Hip injury
Delivery truck accidents involving a pedestrian, bicyclist or smaller motorized vehicles can cause even more serious injuries or even death. In addition to emotional grief and pain, the death of a family member can mean lost income or increased expenses to care for any loved ones they may have left behind.
How the Attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. Can Help
An attorney experienced in delivery truck accidents can secure evidence, driver logs, past driver or company records that could indicate a pattern of negligence, vehicle inspection records, and police reports and records. We can also locate and interview any witnesses to the crash.
To add insult to injury, a delivery truck driver may try to assign all or some of the blame to you, particularly if there were no eyewitnesses, or if witnesses cannot be easily located. The lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can obtain the proper information quickly to dispute these false claims blaming you, the victim.
What Compensation May Be Available to Me?
You may not have the time or experience to locate or deal with obtaining evidence to support your claim – or you simply can’t do this time-consuming legwork due to your injuries or grief. Obtaining the proper evidence and information can increase your chances of getting fair and just compensation. Compensation for the following items may be available to you:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle or whatever transportation you were using when you were hit
- Renting a vehicle while yours is being repaired or until you get it replaced
- Lost wages, both past and future if you cannot work, or if you miss work while getting treatment
- Lost or diminished earning capacity of an injured or deceased spouse
- Emotional and mental anguish, and physical pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and other impairments, such as motor skills or loss of hearing or eyesight
- An inability to enjoy life as you would have had the accident not occurred
- Inconveniences you bear as a result of the accident
If you were a passenger in an accident involving a delivery truck and suffered any injuries or distress, you are still entitled to help and should have your own representation for the best chances of receiving compensation.
This is a stressful time and you have enough on your mind without trying to deal with a delivery driver and company who have no incentive to help you. In fact, they have their own legal representation, putting you on an unfair playing field. Don’t let that happen; call Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A.. We do the work, and we work for you.
We Work for Our Clients to Get Results
Many of our cases are settled successfully without ever going to trial. This typically happens when the negligent party is concerned that the evidence of the accident will lead to a large jury award for the victim. While we can’t promise a specific amount, our cases are driven by our research and expert evidence gathering – things you don’t need to worry about while you are recovering from your injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one. Our vehicle accident cases range from injuries or death resulting from driver impairment to those involving negligent vehicle maintenance. Even if your injuries are not life-threatening, you deserve to be compensated when a delivery truck driver is at fault.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is my case worth?
We cannot promise a specific guaranteed amount for any case, but we at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. pledge to fight hard for you. We don’t take a dime of your money until or unless you receive a monetary settlement.
How can you prove the delivery driver was at fault if there were no witnesses and it’s my word against theirs?
This is why the experienced attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can help you when you need it the most. In our four decades of experience, we have come across numerous scenarios and we know how to collect the evidence that will work for you, and not against you.
Do I have to make a decision now?
Florida has a statute of limitations that grants a specific time period in which you can file a claim against another party. In a delivery van accident, that time period is four years from the date of the accident. We recommend that you let the attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. get to work for you as soon as possible while the facts are still fresh in your mind and to get any possible award into your hands as soon as possible to help you and your family.
How long will this take?
Once we hear the facts of your particular case, we can provide a realistic estimate as to how long it might take to reach a settlement or a jury verdict. However, there is no foolproof way to 100% predict the timeframe, which is why we recommend initiating legal action as soon as possible, so you get the compensation you deserve as soon as possible.
Don’t Wait – Seek Help Now
You deserve to live life to the fullest extent possible. You can’t do that when you’re worrying about how you and your family will pay bills or when you experience emotional setbacks and depression while grieving for a loved one who was killed by a delivery truck driver. The attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are here to help you – all you need to do is pick up the phone and call us at (561) 689-8180.