Whether you need a bite to eat, groceries, furniture, household goods, or even a new car, there is a good chance that you can find a company out there that will deliver it. As a result, millions of California motorists are sharing the road with delivery drivers en route to homes and businesses throughout the state. Unfortunately, the increase in the type and volume of goods available for delivery has an unexpected impact: A spike in the number of auto crashes caused by delivery drivers.
If you were injured in a delivery service accident, it may come as some relief to know that you have options for recovering compensation. However, there are complicated legal issues that make these cases every different from a typical auto collision. You can trust our motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Solution Now Law Firm to overcome challenges, so please contact our office to schedule a no-cost case evaluation with a San Jose delivery driver accident lawyer. Some basic information about the claims process may also be helpful.
The same general liability concepts involved with other types of auto crashes also apply to accidents with delivery vehicles; in general, you need to prove that the incident was caused by the driver’s failure to exercise reasonable care. Still, there are other factors that make these cases more complex.
One issue is the concept of respondeat superior, in which an employer is held accountable for the negligent acts of an employee or agent as defined by California law. A company can be liable for misconduct by a broad range of individuals, including delivery drivers who cause accidents while working within the scope of their employment. The associated challenges with this legal principle, along with the typical challenges of proving fault and injuries, can make delivery service crashes difficult to tackle.
As with other auto collisions, the first step in recovering compensation is submitting an injury claim to the responsible party’s insurance company. Due to the application of the respondeat superior rule, it may be necessary to pursue multiple insurers – all of which may deny liability. If the insurance companies will not pay fair monetary damages for your losses, the next step is initiating litigation.
Our attorneys at the Solution Now Law Firm are prepared to address the convoluted business relationships, involvement from multiple insurance companies, and other legal matters that arise in delivery driver accidents. We will seek the full amount of compensation allowed by California law, including:
For additional information on your rights and legal options as the victim of a crash with a delivery service, please contact the Solution Now Law Firm today. You can set up a free consultation with a San Jose delivery driver accidents lawyer by calling or visiting our firm online.