October 18, 2014

I Was Rear-Ended by a Delivery Truck. What Should I Do Next?

Delivery VanDelivery trucks are common sight on in Philadelphia, transporting goods and other materials from place to place. These vehicles are often larger and more difficult to maneuver than other vehicles, and require specialized skills to drive as well as a commercial driver’s license. Because they are heavier than passenger vehicles, delivery trucks are often involved in rear-end accidents, particularly when they are carrying heavy loads. Pennsylvania law presumes that the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is at fault for the accident, making it possible for the person who was rear-ended to recover for any losses. Anyone who has been affected in a Philadelphia rear-end accident should be certain to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Rear end accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, some of which may indicate negligence on the part of the driver or another party. Some of the more common reasons delivery trucks are involved in rear-end accidents include:

  • Faulty brakes
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Tire blowouts
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Driver fatigue
  • Poor road design
  • Overloaded cargo

These are just some of the potential reasons that a delivery truck could be involved in a rear-end accident, and an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney will be able to help you determine whether and against whom you may have a claim. After a rear-end accident, it is extremely important for victims to obtain as much information about the accident as possible. In addition, make sure that you and any other people who were in your car undergo a complete medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident, as some types of injuries may not be immediately apparent. Finally, be sure to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.


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