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Determining fault after an accident with a delivery truck

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Car accidents involving delivery trucks are increasingly common, especially with the rise of e-commerce. Determining fault in these situations can be complex due to various factors unique to delivery trucks. 

These are essential steps to identify who is at fault when involved in a collision with a delivery truck.

Gather evidence at the scene

Right after the accident, gather as much information as you can. Take clear photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, road conditions, and any visible personal injuries

Obtain contact information from witnesses who can provide an unbiased account of the incident. Documenting the delivery truck’s company name, license plate, and driver’s details is also important.

Understand traffic laws

Knowing New Jersey’s traffic laws is important for figuring out who is at fault. For instance, if the delivery truck was speeding, ran a red light, or violated traffic laws, it could significantly impact the fault determination. 

Reviewing the police report, which usually contains an officer’s assessment of the accident, can also provide insights into fault.

Evaluate driver behavior

Evaluate both drivers’ behavior leading up to the accident. Factors such as distracted driving, fatigue, and adherence to traffic signals are critical. Delivery truck drivers often face tight schedules, which might lead to risky driving behaviors. 

Inspect the vehicle’s condition

Inspecting the delivery truck’s condition, including maintenance records, can reveal mechanical issues that might have contributed to the accident. For example, faulty brakes or worn-out tires can shift the fault toward the delivery company for not maintaining their vehicles properly.

Determining fault in a car accident with a delivery truck involves careful evidence collection to inspect vehicle conditions. By taking these steps, you can build a strong case and ensure a fair assessment of fault.