blog

Michigan Package Delivery Accident Lawyers

bigstock-Crash-Accident-1819347-min

Package delivery has become a booming industry due to the pandemic. In 2021 21.5 billion packages were delivered in the U.S. The increase in package delivery has led to a 33% increase in truck crashes since 2011, with 4,965 deaths from large truck crashes in 2020.

Increased package delivery also means a need for quicker delivery and more truck drivers. New drivers may not be trained, and all drivers might feel rushed on the job, leading to inattention or carelessness on the road, speeding, and dangerous maneuvers. These factors increase the risk of a delivery truck or commercial vehicle collision.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident with a package delivery vehicle, the attorneys at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C., can help. Our truck accident attorneys can investigate the cause of your accident. Call our law office for a free consultation to discuss your circumstances and learn what your case is worth.

What are the Main Causes of Package Delivery Truck Accidents?

While mistakes are common on U.S. roadways, a delivery truck accident is often caused by recklessness or an inexperienced driver.

The increased workload in recent years means drivers are taking more risks to complete jobs on time. Causes of Michigan package delivery truck accidents can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Inadequate training
  • Poor roads and weather conditions
  • Unfamiliar delivery area
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield or running a red light
  • Equipment failure

Who is Responsible for My Accident?

If you are involved in an accident with a package delivery vehicle or tractor trailer, it can be challenging to determine who is responsible for your injuries and understand how to get compensation for your medical bills and other expenses.

Depending on the package delivery vehicle involved in the accident, the process for receiving compensation may differ. For example, you may file a claim against a private company, such as FedEx, or an independent contractor for Amazon. This process might include filing a claim with your PIP insurance or a lawsuit against the driver or company.

Filing against a United States Postal delivery truck driver requires you to follow the guidelines for filing against federally owned vehicles and their drivers.
If you’ve been injured in a package delivery vehicle accident, speak with an auto accident attorney from Cochran, Kroll, & Associates P.C. We can review the details of your collision and explain the next steps for receiving compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What No-Fault Benefits Are Available After a Delivery Vehicle Accident?

All drivers in Michigan must carry personal injury protection insurance (PIP). After your accident, you can work with your lawyer to file a claim for the following PIP benefits:

  • Coverage for medical bills up to the maximum coverage limit in your policy
  • Limited wage loss and replacement services of up to $20 per day for up to 3 years after the accident date
  • Attendant services for up to 56 hours per week
  • Additional benefits may be available depending on the coverage purchased by the policyholder

You may pursue a claim for benefits if you don’t have auto insurance but have coverage under your spouse’s policy or another relative in your household. We can help you understand your PIP benefits and how to file to with your insurance company.

bigstock-Physician-Consulting-Hurt-Pers-458298095-min

What Should I Do if I’m in an Accident with a Delivery Vehicle/Driver?

If you suffer injuries in a collision with a large truck or delivery vehicle, you must take the right steps to ensure your safety. The following steps ensure you get the medical care you need; they can also help you file a successful claim for compensation with the negligent truck driver or truck company that caused the accident:

Seek Medical Attention

After an accident, call 911 to reach emergency services for your injuries. Track your hospital visits, injuries, and follow-up appointments with your doctor after the accident. Keep all medical records related to medical care, as these records detail your injuries and treatment plans and are highly important for insurance claims.

File a Police Report

Michigan requires drivers to report accident injuries to law enforcement as soon as possible. If you have been injured, speak with the police to ensure they thoroughly document the circumstances of the crash and record witness statements, driver contact and insurance information, and other objective facts regarding the case.

A detailed police report is necessary to file a claim for no-fault insurance compensation or a personal injury lawsuit.

Preserve Evidence

Exchange appropriate information with the package delivery driver, including their name, address, insurance policy, and phone number or email. Also, get the driver’s license information. Take pictures of the accident scene, including the weather and road conditions. Include the package delivery vehicle’s license plate and logo or other visible features in your photos when possible.

If there were any witnesses, ask for their contact information to get their testimonies. Your Michigan truck accident lawyer from Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C., can help you gather evidence such as time records, GPS vehicle location, and video data if available.

Contact an Attorney to Protect Your Legal Interests

Contacting a qualified package delivery accident lawyer can protect your rights after a collision. We can help you understand Michigan’s no-fault laws and how to seek compensation for your injuries. We can represent your interests when negotiating with the truck driver or commercial truck company’s insurer to ensure you receive a fair settlement.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident with a Delivery Driver and Vehicle?

If you were injured in an accident with a package delivery truck, it is important to contact an attorney so they can investigate the scene, reconstruct the accident, and preserve important evidence.

As a no-fault state in Michigan, each driver’s insurance company will pay for their policyholder’s medical expenses and wage losses, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. We can help you navigate the no-fault system and ensure you receive the benefits you’re owed.

Under specific circumstances, you may seek compensation from the negligent delivery driver, their employer, or other responsible parties such as a parts manufacturer or mechanic. Your injuries must meet the serious injury threshold for Michigan to seek compensation above those allowed by PIP benefits, including non-economic damages,

Our legal team includes senior partner and registered nurse Eileen Kroll. Eileen has extensive experience in handling injury accident cases and will use her medical knowledge to prove your injuries and win you compensation. She can use your medical records, including MRIs, CT Scans, X-rays, and treatment plans to build your case and hold the negligent party or parties responsible for causing your injuries.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Package Delivery Truck Accident Attorney?

At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. it doesn’t cost you anything to hire an attorney because we operate on a contingency fee agreement. This means we only get paid when you receive your settlement check.

Contact a Michigan Package Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer

After a collision with a delivery vehicle, you may feel overwhelmed by ongoing medical care, increasing bills, and physical and emotional stress. Get legal help for your injury claims by speaking with a lawyer from Cochran, Kroll, & Associates P.C.

We have decades of combined experience representing accident victims in Michigan with our knowledge of Michigan’s no-fault laws. Our personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve through negotiations with the insurance company or filing a lawsuit.

Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win our case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.

RESULTS-DRIVEN TRACK RECORD

Testimonial Image

FREE CONSULTATION NO FEES UNTIL WE WIN

There is no obligation for a case evaluation & no fee is charged unless a recovery is made.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Your privacy is important to us. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. does not share, sell, rent, or trade personally identifiable or confidential information with third parties for any purpose.
Call Now Button