When you have been the victim in a serious car accident it can have devastating consequences, including life-altering injuries, loss of work or income, enormous hospital bills, not to mention the damage to your vehicle.
The same tragic results can emerge after a collision with a delivery car, truck or van as well. The path to seeking compensation can be more complex though as you try to determine who can be held liable in the accident. Is it the driver, the global company they drive for, or both?
Call The Pearce Law Firm After an Accident with a Delivery Driver
Philadelphia car accident lawyer Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm knows the “ins and outs” of traffic accident law. She worked as an attorney for years for a major auto insurance company. With her wealth of inside knowledge, Edith Pearce has served as an expert car accident lawyer for numerous clients helping them achieve multi-million dollar settlements for victims and their families. She has fought to make sure victims receive fair compensation for drivers from negligent delivery drivers who have caused accidents leading to severe injuries.
As an experienced car accident lawyer and member of MENSA, the high IQ society, Edith Pearce is not afraid to take on the national and worldwide delivery giants and their insurance companies to litigate complicated car accidents and truck accidents cases. If you’ve been the victim in an accident with a delivery driver call (215) 261-7014 for your free case evaluation.
Delivery Traffic Dangers around Philadelphia
Almost all of us have used delivery services to keep our everyday lives on track. From having fast food and groceries brought to our doorstep to getting office furniture dropped off by Amazon, it’s an industry that will only be growing.
The downside to all that progress is the extra traffic that rolls out onto city streets every morning. Distracted drivers are at alarming levels already but someone on the clock and behind the wheel has even more distractions than a normal motorist.
The Pennsylvania DOT reported that the state saw well over 15,000 distracted driving accidents in a single year. 58 distracted driving incidents led to a fatality.
A delivery driver’s office is behind the wheel and he or she must often work while on the go. That may force drivers to use a phone to figure out details on their next delivery or pick-up. They may be distracted by a passenger or be speeding to pick that passenger up in the case of companies like Uber and Lyft rideshare services. Many of these companies require their drivers to utilize GPS navigation, but even those devices have been known to recommend unsafe moves on the street.
Are Delivery Companies Liable for their Drivers?
Most delivery companies have insurance policies than can kick in after an accident involving an employee. Company insurance doesn’t always apply in every case. The issue of liability gets complicated by several factors.
A company like Amazon has its drivers you see in the dark blue vans. They can be covered by up to a one million dollar policy when they’re on company deliveries. Amazon also employs flex drivers who use their own cars and trucks for when one-day deliveries are needed and during high volume weeks. These drivers are required to carry their own insurance. Things get complicated by other third-party companies that help Amazon make its deliveries.
Companies like Uber and Lyft also have up to one million dollars in coverage, but drivers are not always fully protected. Employees must depend on their own car insurance during certain work “periods.” These periods are signified as different job functions. For instance, period one is when drivers are logged into the rideshare app waiting to get a ride request. Other periods are when they’ve accepted a request and are on the way for pick-up and when the passenger is in the car. Coverage for an accident can depend on what period the driver was in at the time.
As you can see, an attorney with experience in these complex cases can be of great help if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a delivery driver. Please contact the attorneys at Philadelphia’s Pearce Law Firm for a free consultation on how to best proceed with your case.
We Represent Delivery Driver Accident Victims
Rush hour traffic around Philadelphia can rattle anyone’s nerves. Add to that the hundreds of drivers out on delivery each day. These accidents can leave victims facing a long recovery and might leave them confused about who will be taking responsibility for the negligence of the driver. These accidents happen all over Philadelphia.
Here are just a few examples of the types of delivery services we can help you file a claim against:
Seeking Compensation in an Accident
The city of Philadelphia allows a victim to file a claim for up to two years from the date of the accident.
The auto accident attorneys with the Pearce Law Firm don’t recommend waiting until the end of this deadline to file. If you intend to file a claim, the sooner the better. Evidence and documents you’ll need for your case against a delivery company will be easier to collect immediately after an accident. An attorney can help you with this important decision.
If you do decide to file a claim against a company like FedEx, Uber or PostMates you may be able to get compensation for some of your hardships that you hadn’t considered.
Damages that accident victims are entitled to recover from an at-fault driver and any company they work for many include:
- Hospital and medical expenses.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Past and future permanent physical disability such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb.
- Emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety.
- Damage or destruction of property.
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact a Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer
It’s vital to your continued recovery to protect your legal rights following a serious auto accident involving a delivery company. If you live in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, it is wise to consult a local personal injury law firm with experience in these matters as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may become hard to find.
The Pearce Law Firm will work diligently to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you’ll need to make a full recovery physically and financially.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.