Pascoe Law FirmDHL Truck Accident
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
DHL Truck Accident Lawyer
DHL Express Safety Data Shows Improvement
- Data compiled in 2012 and 2015 indicates that DHL Express is one of the safest trucking companies in the United States and has made strides in the right direction over the last three years. Each of the studies compiled data from the previous two years. The following statistics establish DHL Express as safer than its competitors.
- Of 139 vehicle inspections recorded over a two-year period in the 2015 report, only four resulted in out of service violations. The data from the same study in 2012 shows six out of service violations out of 102 inspections. DHL Express decreased its “out of service” rate from 5.9% to 2.9% between the two studies. In comparison, the national average rate of out of service violations per inspection is 20.72%.
- DHL Express drivers were subject to 185 inspections in the 2015 study and only four out of service violations were reported. Per the 2012 study, the number of infringements remained the same, but drivers were only subject to 130 inspections over the four years before 2012. The current rate of violations per inspection is just 2.2% which is less than half the national average of 5.51%.
- None of the accidents DHL Express has been involved in over the course of both studies resulted in fatalities. The 2012 study revealed that out of six accidents, four resulted in injuries requiring hospitalization. The injury rate dropped from two out of three to one in two by 2015, but there were eight total accidents reported.
Even Safe Companies Make Mistakes
Common Causes of DHL Truck Accidents
There are numerous causes of delivery truck accidents. Some of the most common causes DHL truck accidents involve negligence on the part of the carrier driver. Below are common causes of DHL truck accidents:
- Speed – Speeding while driving in order to meet delivery deadlines. There may be times when the carrier is running late due to traffic or some other factor and they speed to meet their deadlines. Extra speed can lead to accidents because maneuvering and braking become difficult, and often lead to accidents.
- DUI – Drunk driving or driving under the influence of narcotic substances. In order to make their deliveries and drive into the late hours of the night, drivers may take drugs in order to stay up. These drugs can interfere with a driver’s decision-making ability. Likewise, irresponsible drivers may drive under the influence of alcohol which also puts other drivers on the road at risk.
- Distracted Driving – Truck drivers may take out their phones to text, call, fix their GPS, or change the tunes. Drivers have a responsibility to drive with the most care.
- Disregarding Rules – Not following truck driving guidelines and regulations. All truck drivers must adhere to the rules and regulations that were made for trucks. Since they are large vehicles, a separate set of regulations were made in order to decrease traffic and keep other drivers safe.
- Improper maintenance of the vehicle – Proper maintenance of a vehicle helps make sure the vehicle will not breakdown while on the road.
- Defective Vehicle Parts – Including defective tires leading to tire blowouts and defective brakes.
- Improper Loading of Cargo – Improper fastening of cargo which can fall from the truck and land on the street. Some cars may try to veer out of the way to avoid the package and cause an accident. Liability will fall to the company.
- Driver Fatigue – Driver fatigue and losing control of the vehicle. Driving can be an exhausting profession. When drivers do not take their recommended breaks, it can lead to driver fatigue. If the driver falls asleep at the wheel and loses control of their truck, it can result in catastrophic damages.
- Improper Training – Because trucks have their own regulations when it comes to road safety, it is crucial they understand the rules and regulations that they must follow. If they do not receive the proper training, they will not know proper truck driving, which can lead to severe accidents.
If you have been injured from the general negligence of a delivery truck driver you may be able to have a claim against not only the driver but the trucking company which employs the driver. More so there can be direct liability against a trucking and delivery company for defective and improperly maintained delivery truck used on the road.
Evidence for Your Claim After A DHL Truck Accident
If you were hit by a DHL driver, you should collect as much evidence as possible to show that you were the victim of negligent action. This evidence can be the following:
- Photos of the scene of the accident and the damage to your car
- Pictures of your injuries
- Medical bills and receipts
- Eyewitness statements and testimonies
- Police report
After your crash, you should make sure to go to the doctor as quickly as possible. This will allow you to be treated for any damages and will help bolster your claim. The longer you wait to go to the hospital or get a procedure done, the more likely it is that the insurance agent will claim that you were hurt elsewhere, and you are trying to blame the accident for your injuries. If you need assistance collecting your evidence and submitting the claim to the insurance company, contact our firm – we can help.