Often used for deliveries, box trucks are one of the most common types of truck on the road and are frequently involved in serious crashes.
Truck accidents are extremely common. In fact, the United States Department of transportation estimates more than 500,000 truck accidents take place every year and nearly 5,000 people are killed in those accidents. The ones who suffer though are not the truck drivers, 98% of the time it is the drivers of other vehicles who are injured or killed.
There are many different types of trucks on the road that all pose different risks. One of those is a box truck, also known as a cube truck or a box van. These trucks are typically used as moving vans and have a roll-up door in the rear. In the U.S., box trucks have different sizes and types, ranging from Class 3 to Class 7—or, in other words, 12,500 to 33,000 lb.
Some common types of accidents box trucks are involved in:
Another use for box trucks is for deliveries.
Because delivery truck drivers are put under pressure by their employers to stay on route and make deliveries on a scheduled routine, they can be prone to causing serious accidents. Afraid to fall behind on their deliveries, some drivers may drive past the legal hours-of-service and put other people on the road at risk. Truck driver fatigue plays a large role in many delivery truck accidents; in these cases, all it may take to prevent a possible fatality is to obey the law and stop driving when tired.
Another danger in relation to delivery trucks includes the location in which many of them travel.
Since these trucks must make many local deliveries, they often travel on congested highways and roadways, increasing the potential risk for truck accidents involving passenger vehicles. Whether the accident that you were involved in was caused by a reckless, drunk, tired or, otherwise negligent driver, you have rights to seek fair compensation.
These are just a few examples of the dangers you can face with box trucks. Just like other types of large trucks, box trucks are potentially dangerous and often cause accidents that injure other drivers and passengers on the road. If you or someone you know has been injured in a box truck accident, you should seek the help of a legal professional who is experienced in handling truck accidents and has dealt with many cases similar to yours before. At Arnold & Itkin, we know trucking accidents, and we are confident that we can get you the compensation you deserve after an accident.
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