How to Determine Liability After an Accident With a Delivery Driver
With most Boston residents opting to shop online throughout the year instead of in-store, delivery trucks are commonplace in every neighborhood. Most delivery truck drivers are in a hurry to make delivery deadlines and may be working long hours in order to fulfill their deliveries in a timely manner. Because of this, drivers may be driving while fatigued or distracted, and their negligence can lead to a preventable accident. When this occurs, you may question who is liable for the damages you’ve endured: the delivery driver or the delivery company.
Severe accidents involving Boston delivery drivers may be more complex than other accidents due to the fact that they are on-the-job employees at the time of the accident. If you have been substantially injured in a Boston delivery driver accident, you have the legal right to seek necessary compensation for the losses you have endured. The award-winning car accident lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law have over 100 years of combined experience, helping victims through every step of the claims process to obtain the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (617) 391-9001 for a complimentary consultation or fill out our contact form.
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Boston car accidents may occur unexpectedly, especially in cases when a driver is negligent or participating in distracted driving behaviors. Delivery drivers are more susceptible to car accidents due to their long hours and time crunches. In 2020, commercial vehicles and large trucks accounted for 4,842 fatalities and 107,000 injuries. If you have experienced a severe car accident with a Boston delivery driver, multiple parties may be liable, depending on if the driver was on-the-clock.
Most often, if an accident occurs while a driver is working, the delivery company’s liability policy covers any damages and injuries you have sustained in the accident. Alternatively, if the driver was off-the-clock, even if the driver is still in uniform and in the company truck, the driver’s personal insurance policy kicks in to cover damages you sustained in the accident.
Similarly to assessing liability in other accidents, delivery drivers bear liability in an accident if they have committed a negligent act that caused the accident. The burden of proof lies on the victim and may require the help of an experienced Boston car accident lawyer in order to pursue an investigation into the accident and obtain persuasive evidence showing negligent behavior. Working with an experienced lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law can help you determine who holds liability for your accident and what damages you are owed.
Determining liability with a USPS driver is different due to the fact that they’re operated by the federal government. Instead of filing a claim through an insurance company, you will seek damages through the federal government since their vehicles are uninsured. Claims against the federal government may be pursued through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). Because of the complex process of pursuing damages against the federal government, it is in your best interest to obtain the help of an experienced Boston car accident lawyer at Sweeney Merrigan Law to assess your legal options.
After a Boston car accident with a delivery driver, it may be difficult to recover the compensation you deserve. Generally, insurance companies try to minimize your claim in order to be as cost-effective as possible. This may be frustrating as they are not thinking of your long-term needs and recovery. Working with Sweeney Merrigan Law ensures that you have an aggressive advocate on your side, fighting for the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
The following are ways an experienced Boston delivery truck accident lawyer may help your case:
- Conducting a comprehensive investigation into your accident
- Determining all parties at fault for the damages you have endured
- Identifying your legal rights and benefits through your insurance policy
- Building a strategic case on your behalf so you can focus on recovery
- Negotiating settlements with insurance companies to ensure you get the compensation you deserve
- Consistent communication, 24/7 availability for a free case evaluation
- Successful track record, obtaining millions in settlements and verdicts for clients impacted by negligence
- 100 years of combined experience handling cases similar to yours as both litigators and judges
Suffering from substantial injuries and other losses due to delivery driver negligence can be a life-altering experience. The Sweeney Merrigan Law execute skillful legal strategies to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of our Boston clients.
If you have been substantially injured in a Boston delivery driver car accident, you may be overwhelmed with the financial, physical, and emotional damages you have endured due to their negligent actions. The Sweeney Merrigan Law are dedicated to providing award-winning representation that may have a sizable impact on the success of your accident case.
Our firm is proudly led by our dedicated managing partners, J. Tucker Merrigan and Peter M. Merrigan. J. Tucker Merrigan has been a co-managing partner of the firm for over a decade. He has been acknowledged for his commitment to providing tireless representation to car accident victims in Boston awards that include: 2015-2021 Top 40; Under 40, National Trial Lawyers; 2020-2021 Lawyer.com Top Attorney Award. Our other co-managing partner, Peter M. Merrigan, has been recognized for his work helping clients pursue the justice they are owed: 2017 Rising Star, Super Lawyers; 2018 Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers; 2018 Rising Star, Super Lawyers; 2019 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer;” 2020 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer,” 2021 Massachusetts “Super Lawyer.” With his focus on Boston motor vehicle accidents, Attorney Peter M. Merrigan is 100% focused on litigation, producing exceptional results for clients affected by driver negligence.