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Who is responsible in a delivery truck accident?

If a delivery driver hits you, what should you do next? You may have serious injuries and medical bills, but you know the driver does not actually have the funds to pay you. Is there any point in suing when that driver can't pay even if the court orders it?

The thing to remember here is that a precedent has been set so that delivery companies can be ordered to pay for accidents that their drivers cause. The driver does have to be working at the time and carrying out his or her normal duties as an employee. For example, if you're hit by a driver who is just driving the truck on the weekend, while off the clock, it could get complicated. If you're hit while he or she is doing normal rounds, though, the company may be told to pay.

Taking legal action against the company can be an effective way to get the compensation you need and deserve. Companies like FedEx and UPS are international giants. If the court ordered the driver to pay you $1 million, it may be impossible, but a company could afford that.

It's worth noting that companies sometimes hire contract workers or temporary workers in busy seasons. If the truck or van does not have a logo on the side, that doesn't always mean that the driver was not working for one of these large corporations in such a capacity.

As you can see, it's very important to know all of the parties who may be liable after an accident. This can help you and your attorney determine against whom you should take legal action.

Source: FindLaw, "Can You Sue If You're Hit by a Delivery Truck?," Brett Snider, accessed July 29, 2015

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