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You’ve been hit by a delivery driver – now what?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you’ve been hit by a delivery driver in New Jersey, you may be asking yourself different types of questions than you would after a regular accident. You’re likely wondering how being hit by a driver for a delivery company is any different than other types of collisions, which actions to take and what you need to prepare for.

Who should you sue?

If you can, sue the company they work for. Usually, the delivery company will be held liable for any accident caused by one of their delivery vehicles.

But just because you sue the company doesn’t mean you can’t also sue the driver. This can be a helpful way to pay for the myriad expenses that come with lost wages and medical bills, among other things.

In the case of hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents, there are still actions you can take. You start by filing the suit, and from there, you can start an investigation to find out which company the truck belongs to.

Will the delivery company pay?

For the delivery company to pay up, the driver of the vehicle has to be employed by the company. They also must have been doing something related to their job when they caused the accident.

If they were on break or technically an independent contractor you might have some difficulties winning your case. But most of the time, the company will be at least partially liable as long as you can prove that it was one of their vehicles that hit you.

Remember that delivery drivers may be hesitant to reveal the name of the company that they work for. When in doubt, kindness and understanding can be a great way to get the information you need out of them.

It might not seem like a conducive option for you to sue them personally if the person who crashed into you doesn’t have the financial resources to cover your damages or injuries. It’s best to look for where the money is, and that would be the company that the driver works for. If you can get the company to pay, you’re more likely to get all injuries and damages covered.

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