Box Truck Accident Lawyer
Are you the victim of a box truck crash due to the negligence or recklessness of the truck driver? Did you lose a loved one through a wrongful death caused by a tractor-trailer crashing into a passenger car?
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys represent accident victims who have suffered a serious injury caused by another's negligence. Let us handle your personal injury case to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
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What Are Box Trucks?
Box trucks are special types that differ from other commercial vehicles where the cargo area is usually a cuboid-shaped closed space.
Box trucks are made by combining a chassis cab with a separate box-shaped cargo hold. They are also known as box vans, cube vans, or cube trucks. UPS, FedEx, Lowes, Home Depot, and U-Haul are the most common types of box trucks used to deliver mail, parcels, home goods, or appliances.
Box trucks come in all sizes and shapes. They range from class 3 to class 7 and can weigh from 12,500 to 33,000 lbs. When box trucks are used for one-off needs, they don't require a commercial license to operate.
In many states, any individual can operate these trucks without using a commercial driver's license. Unfortunately, their inexperience behind the wheel often leads to accidents caused by inexperienced drivers who have no commercial license or experience driving trucks.
Box Truck Accidents Are Common Occurrences
Box truck accidents are quite common in the US due to the rising demand for delivering products and goods to businesses and residential homes. In addition, with the increasing popularity of e-commerce and delivery-based businesses, the need for box trucks is skyrocketing as these are preferred by logistics companies for delivering various items to regional destinations.
This increased number of parcel trucks on the road has also led to an increase in serious accidents. These vehicles are often referred to as straight trucks, box vans, cube vans, or cube trucks like those commercial vehicles used by UPS, FedEx, U-Haul, and others.
Truck Accidents Statistics
According to figures from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
- 5096 trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, and almost an equal number of people died in these crashes in 2014
- This figure has increased by 48% from a low of 3,432 in 2016
- Injury crashes were up 8% from 112,000 in 2016 to 121,000 in 2018
- The number of large trucks increased in fatal crashes was 4,862 in 2018
- While the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes was 112,000 in 2018, the number of large trucks involved in damage-only crashes was 414,000 that year
- Box truck accidents were responsible for 1,876 fatalities in 2018, or 40% of the total fatalities reported for trucking accidents in the United States
Figures from other sources suggest that 74% of all fatal crashes that involve a passenger vehicle include large trucks. These figures are enough to realize the danger large trucks and parcel trucks pose to other passengers on the road.
Many delivery drivers are injured by the roll-up door when making the deliveries or when left open and traveling at high speeds on dangerous roads.
What Makes Box Trucks Dangerous?
Some unique characteristics of box trucks, such as their design and weight, make them dangerous. In addition, many truckers driving delivery trucks often have no commercial license or extensive experience of driving box trucks. Their inexperience creates hazardous conditions for other passengers on the road.
Large box delivery trucks are also prone to rollover accidents when a driver abruptly changes direction or stops suddenly. These trucks' height, weight, and additional time and distance required for stopping also pose a problem and make them more likely to crash during turns.
The most common truck accidents include:
Rollover accidents are the most common types of crashes that are often associated with box trucks. Rollover accidents happen when a box truck swerves too sharply or if the driver tries to stop the truck abruptly by applying brakes too hard.
In such instances, it is common for parcel trucks to turn upside down and roll over down the road.
Usually, driver error is the leading cause of rollover accidents. However, at the same time, a box truck can also be involved in a rollover accident due to:
- Equipment malfunction
- If the box van is hit by another vehicle on the road
- The truck hits an obstacle on the road at high speed
Collisions are another type of accident that involves box trucks. While almost any vehicle on the road can be involved in a crash, collisions involving parcel trucks are usually more dangerous due to their weight and height.
Box van collisions can lead to significant damage and often cause life-changing or life-threatening injuries.
Accidents While Loading or Unloading Box Trucks:
Many box truck accidents occur while loading or unloading commercial vehicles, leading to severe injuries to workers who are loading or unloading merchandise, goods, and parcels in the cargo box. These accidents involve garbage trucks, construction vehicles, and parcel trucks.
Blind Spot Accidents:
Blind spot accidents often occur due to the vast dimensions of box delivery trucks. The large size of these trucks can lead to several blind spots, with the size restricting the ability of a driver to look behind the box van or sideways before crashing into passenger vehicles.
Modern-day truck drivers must spend upwards of 12 hours on the roads at a time driving their vehicles. In addition, sometimes they must make deliveries non-stop for extended periods. This extreme pressure and work-related stress often mean that drivers are under severe fatigue while driving delivery trucks.
Due to fatigue, many drivers make errors that lead to accidents while driving. Many studies have claimed that driver fatigue is among the top causes of accidents involving trucks.
Driving While Intoxicated:
Many truck drivers start consuming alcohol and drugs to cope with the fatigue and stress of spending long hours behind the wheel. Regulations require truck companies to conduct thorough screenings of new drivers for substance abuse issues. However, trucking companies must also conduct randomized checks to see if a driver is intoxicated or not.
Still, box van drivers may end up driving in an inebriated state after consuming alcohol or illicit drugs. Mental and physical impairment leads to accidents as drivers driving under the influence of alcohol cannot see what lies ahead of them.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
Box truck crashes are more dangerous than accidents involving smaller vehicles for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the huge size and large dimensions of delivery or moving vans can vastly increase the damage when colliding with a smaller vehicle.
Combined with the trucker's inexperience, these factors can create a situation where the trucking company is automatically liable for damages. Typically, the insurance companies pay the damages representing the box truck drivers and trucking companies involved in the crash.
In addition, accidents occur when the large size of delivery trucks carrying heavy cargo tip over any time the driver swerves, leading to severe injuries and death.
It is also quite common for these crashes to have multiple fatalities in a single accident, whereas a small car crash may only cause harm to one or two people. The large size of trucks also makes them quite hazardous in terms of property damage.
Accidents involving box trucks usually cause more property damage than those involving smaller vehicles due to their larger blind spots, lengthier stopping distance, and heavy loads.
Injuries Caused by Box Truck Crashes
Any accident involving a box truck can cause serious injuries and even death in some cases. It is quite common to come across victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, or amputations because of a box truck accident.
In some cases, a person can be wholly or partially paralyzed due to damage suffered during a box truck accident.
By law, trucking companies must perform necessary background checks on every trucker hired to ensure they have a safe driving record while operating some of the largest box trucks or other vehicles on the road.
Personal injury lawyers providing legal representation for injured victims typically recover compensation by proving how the other drivers:
- Failed to change lanes safely
- Ran a red light
- Failed to accommodate short distances when stopping
- Overloaded the vehicle with heavy cargo
- Were driving recklessly to accommodate a tight schedule
Determining Who Is Liable for Box Truck Accidents
Depending on the nature of the accident, there may be one or more than one person or organization who can be held liable for a box truck accident. Here are the parties that are likely to be responsible for box truck accidents:
- Box Truck Driver: Box truck drivers are often the main culprits behind the box truck accidents, as most crashes are caused by human error.
- Trucking Company: The company that owns the commercial vehicle can be automatically held liable if the accident has been caused by a driver or employee employed by the company.
- Box Truck Manufacturer: In some cases where defective equipment was at fault, the box truck company that manufactured the commercial vehicle involved in the truck accident could be held liable due to their defective truck.
- Mechanic: A mechanic or an auto workshop might also be an at-fault party liable for a box truck accident if they failed to check properly that the truck was safe for driving.
- Component Manufacturer: Other parties might also be legally responsible for causing the box truck crash, including component manufacturers and parts suppliers selling the defective roll-up doors, faulty tires, or malfunctioning brakes.
Truck accident lawyers working on behalf of the victims can investigate the claim to determine what caused the accident. Potential problems could include vehicle malfunction, reckless driving, significant blind spots, alcohol or chemical impairment, low visibility, long stopping distances due to heavy cargo, speeding, highway hazards, or other factors that contributed to the crash.
What To Do If a Box Truck Hits You
Victims injured in accidents involving delivery trucks should seek medical attention and contact emergency services immediately. In addition, the victim, or someone working on their behalf, should collect evidence from the truck accident scene, including the name of the trucking company, truck number, the driver's contact details, including their commercial driver's license, and the trucker's insurance company.
You must also gather evidence, such as photos and videos of the spot where the accident occurred, as these can serve as evidence in a future lawsuit. The evidence gathered in deadly accidents could include:
- Electronic Control Module (ECM) that records data leading up to the collision
- The victim's medical records
- The list of medical expenses including hospitalization costs, physical therapy, medical bills, and other expenses, including the cost of future multiple surgeries and ongoing medical treatment
- Police report
- Photographic evidence of the damaged cars and truck
- Pictures of the victim's injuries
- Funeral & burial costs in wrongful death cases
You must also seek professional advice from a box truck accident lawyer who specializes in truck accident cases. Also, take care not to accept compensation from the insurance company of the truck owner/driver without discussing the sum offered as compensation with your lawyer.
The experience of being involved in a motor vehicle accident is often overwhelming. You are likely dealing with physical pain, emotional distress, and financial worries. The last thing you want to do is spend hours on the phone with insurance companies or research lawyers who can help you navigate your personal injury case.
Personal injury cases can be complicated and emotionally draining. Accepting a settlement in such a case is not always an easy decision.
Are you wondering if it is time to consider accepting a settlement? There are some things that you should know before making your final decision.
Here are three reasons why accepting an injury settlement can be beneficial for truck accident victims:
- You will have peace of mind knowing that your medical bills are covered
- Accident lawyers on either side of the case do NOT want to go through trial because it costs both parties more money and time
- The process may take longer than you anticipate, which could cause emotional distress during recovery periods from injuries sustained in the crash
Hire Experience Truck Accident Lawyers to Receive Compensation
Were you involved in an accident with the trucker working for a delivery company driving a box truck? Did you lose a loved one in a preventable truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver?
Our experienced truck accident lawyers fight aggressively to ensure that every client's personal injury claim is resolved with fair compensation. Contact our legal team today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation to receive immediate legal advice.
Our law firm accepts all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This promise ensures no upfront fees are paid until your legal matter is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury verdict.
All family members who lost a loved one in a trucking accident can file a wrongful death lawsuit to ensure maximum compensation. Your experienced attorney will speak directly with the defendant's insurance company to hold them liable for the truck/car accident.