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Delivery Vans accident attorneys in California

California has what would be the world’s fifth largest economy if the state were its own country. Economic activity in California relies on people getting what they want when they want it, often having products delivered by vans dispatched by manufacturers and retailers.

A delivery van is commonly a van with an enclosed carrying area, but it is also possible for some companies to use larger trucks with trailers when delivering large kinds of equipment. A larger vehicle may require a driver to have a commercial driver’s licence (CDL), which the California Department of Motor Vehicles states requires a driver to be at least 18 years of age, have a Class D California driver’s license for at least one year, and pass many other background checks and screenings.

California Delivery Van Accident Attorney

If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a delivery van accident in California, it is important for you to not delay in seeking legal representation. You only have a limited amount of time to file a legal action, and your case will not be heard in court if you miss your deadline.

The May Firm can take care of all the legal legwork involved in your case. Our lawyers can answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

Delivery Companies in California

Many companies large and small use delivery vans as part of their business services. Some of the most common kinds of delivery vans in California include:

  • Amazon
  • FedEx
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • United States Postal Service (USPS)
  • PostNet
  • XPO Logistics
  • Blue Dart
  • DHL International GmbH
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF)
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • DB Schenker
  • CH Robinson
  • McLane Company

Many delivery vans can be owned and operated by smaller independent companies.

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Causes of Delivery Van Accidents

While all accidents are different, some types of accidents share very common causes. For example, rear-end accidents can frequently stem from the driver in the vehicle striking the other’s rear having been distracted, possibly by their cell phone.

Head-on collisions may stem from improper passing or possible driver impairment. Side-impact collisions are frequently caused by speeding.

None of these causes are automatic, however. Many different contributing factors can play a role in delivery van accidents.

Some of the most common causes of delivery van accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Inclement weather
  • Brake failure
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Overloaded trailers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Mechanical defects
  • Unsecured loads
  • Failure to maintain vehicle

Not all causes are easy to determine, but the May Firm will conduct a thorough investigation of your case and be able to figure out how your crash occurred. We will then use the evidence we obtain to hold all negligent parties accountable.

While a delivery van driver may have been at fault for the accident, the company that is using the delivery van can also be liable. Certain accidents can also involve other negligent parties when a crash was the result of a mechanical issue such as a defective part or improper repair.

Types of Delivery Van Accident Injuries

Some delivery vans can be carrying extremely large amounts of cargo, and the weight of these vehicles being involved in accidents can cause fatal injuries. The family members of people killed in delivery van accidents can file wrongful death lawsuits in such cases.

Even when people are fortunate enough to survive their injuries, their roads to recovery can be quite challenging. Some people will be continually visiting hospitals for follow-up care, and many others require regular assistance with all of their daily needs because of newfound limitations.

Common kinds of injuries in delivery van accident cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Sprains

After a delivery van accident, you will very likely be contacted by a representative for the negligent party’s insurance company. You should not say anything to an insurer until you have an attorney.

While some agents will be very friendly and talk about making sure that you are taken care of, all insurance companies are only interested in protecting their bottom line. You will be told that you do not need a lawyer because you will be provided a settlement, but you must know that most initial settlement offers from insurers are lowball amounts that fall well short of what people are actually entitled to.

Contact a Delivery Van Accident Attorney in California

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a delivery van accident in California? Make sure that you contact the May Firm as soon as possible.

Our firm has a record of success that includes multiple settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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