There has been a recent increase in the number of retail home deliveries in New York. That means more trucks in residential neighborhoods such as UPS, Amazon, DHL, U-Haul, FedEx, and local food delivery services that are dropping off packages to consumers every day of the week. The increase in the number of trucks visiting neighborhoods and communities increases the risk of trucking accidents on local streets.
Delivery truck drivers are under pressure to complete their increasingly larger routes which means some are racing through neighborhoods to meet their deadlines. Delivery companies are hiring more drivers who may be poorly trained which leads to more opportunities for accidents. The consequences can be devastating to children playing in the neighborhood, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers.
If you are involved in a neighborhood delivery truck accident, the first thing you should do is determine whether you or anyone else is injured and get the appropriate medical assistance to the scene of the accident. You need to report the incident to the local law enforcement agency and obtain a copy of the report. Also, you should obtain the name and contact information for everyone involved in the accident. If anyone witnessed the accident, it is a good idea to get their name and phone number as well. Gather evidence from the scene of the accident and take photographs from various angles of the vehicles and location of the accident. Check to see if any nearby buildings or homes have cameras that may have captured the accident as it happened.
With a delivery truck accident, you may be able to file an incident report with the delivery company such as Amazon, UPS, or FedEx. Add the report to your file of records related to the accident.
If you are injured in the accident, you should visit the local emergency room or your primary care physician to evaluate the extent your injuries and obtain treatment. Regardless of whether they are severe or not, you will incur expenses for medical treatment. It is important to follow-up with any treatment plan from your physician including visits for physical therapy and any additional tests that are required. Keep records of all visits to health care providers and their associated costs.
There will likely be damages to your vehicle as a result of the collision with a delivery truck. A truck accident lawyer near you can advise you about your rights, assist you with filing a claim against the delivery company, and work with the adjustors for any insurance companies involved in the claim.
There are many regulations that govern truck accidents and personal injuries in Islandia, New York. An experienced truck accident lawyer knows how to conduct a thorough investigation of a truck accident to determine the cause of the accident and how to research the truck operator and the truck owner.
To learn more about delivery truck accident claims and get answers to your legal questions, contact the Law Office of Sharon L. Silver for expert advice and a comprehensive evaluation and preparation of your case.
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