Delivery van accidents are becoming more common as more people are getting their products shipped over the internet. Cable companies, mail delivery services, and online retailers have thousands of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on the roadways, and many of them are driven by under-trained and under-experienced drivers who put Florida motorists at risk every day.
Fortunately, if you have been injured after a delivery van accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Here at Distasio Law Firm, our team focuses on making the legal process as painless as possible while you recover from your injuries.
Accidents with these large vehicles can cause devastating injuries, and the last thing you need to be worried about is how to make ends meet. The way we see it, these negligent companies should be held responsible for the actions of their employees when they put you in harm’s way.
You do not have to go through this alone. With a delivery van accident lawyer by your side, you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to establish liability, build your case, and fight for your rights under Florida law.
To learn more about taking legal action after a delivery van accident, contact a Distasio Law Firm team member today at (813) 259-0022 to receive your free consultation.
Recoverable Damages for Delivery Van Accident Victims
When someone else is found liable for your delivery van accident, you may be able to recover damages for your financial hardships, physical injuries, and mental suffering.
In the state of Florida, recoverable damages may include:
- Healthcare costs
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning potential
- Impaired quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium and companionship
When you retain a delivery van accident lawyer at Distasio Law Firm, we can gather information about your case to help assign values to your economic and non-economic damages. If needed, we can even call upon expert witnesses like economists, medical specialists, and rehabilitation professionals to help add context to your physical and mental injuries.
Above all else, we want your final case value to reflect every single one of your losses so the liable companies can be held responsible for the true cost of your injuries.
For more information about recoverable damages in delivery van accidents, contact Distasio Law Firm today at (813) 259-0022 to receive your free consultation with one of our team members.
Common Causes of Delivery Van Accidents
While delivery vans are larger than most cars and SUVs, most of these accidents are caused by driver error. Even if CMVs are slightly more complicated to drive, employees should be adequately trained to operate these vehicles in a safe manner.
With that in mind, the most common causes of delivery van accidents include:
- Unsecured cargo
- Turning too widely
- Driving while fatigued
- Following too closely
- Texting while driving
- Speeding through residential areas
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Disobeying traffic signals
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failure to yield
Comparative Fault in Delivery Van Accidents
When determining liability for your accident, Florida practices something known as “comparative fault.” In accordance with Florida Statutes §768.81, 100% liability will be split between all the parties involved in the accident – even if they are not named in the claim. Fortunately, that means you may still be able to recover compensation even if you are somewhat responsible for your accident.
Basically, a percentage of responsibility is assigned to everyone involved in the accident. Then, your settlement or jury verdict will be reduced based on the percentage of liability assigned to you.
For example, if you are found 25% liable for your injuries and the court awards you $20,000 in damages, your final settlement will equal $15,000.
Common Injuries from Delivery Van Accidents
Delivery vans often weigh significantly more than passenger vehicles – especially when they are carrying a full load. If van drivers are not paying careful attention to the roadway, you could end up with life-altering injuries that may never fully heal.
Overall, common injuries from delivery van accidents include:
- Whiplash and concussions
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Ruptured disks
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Delivery Van Accident Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights
Here at Distasio Law Firm, we have handled personal injury cases for over 31 years. Along the way, we have worked with countless victims and their families, fighting to get them justice every step of the way. We proudly practice in multiple areas of personal injury law so we can better serve your unique legal needs.
When you retain a delivery van accident lawyer, our firm will be there to assist with proving liability, civil litigation services, legal counsel, settlement negotiations, and many more legal services. Just keep in mind that Florida Statutes §95.11 dictates a four-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims and a two-year statute of limitations in death claims in Florida. You must act within this deadline if you want to remain eligible for compensation.
To better serve your specific needs, our team would love to start learning more about your case today. To get started with your free consultation, contact a Distasio Law Firm team member at (813) 259-0022.