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With the holiday season behind us, it’s never been more evident: the growth in the small-package urban delivery business continues its upward spiral with no signs of slowing down. Shoppers love the convenience of buying everything from meals to gifts with the click of a computer key.
Sadly, the vast increase in urban delivery vehicles has resulted in an increasing number of accidents, some of which have led to serious injuries like the one suffered by our client. As our client began to cross the street in a residential area, a food delivery vehicle struck him and caused a traumatic brain injury. Ultimately, the case was resolved for $4,000,000. However, the incident could have been avoided if the delivery driver kept a proper lookout for pedestrians.
The causes of a delivery vehicle accident are similar to those of any accident involving any vehicle. They include:
Whatever the cause of a crash, it is critical to take immediate action to protect your rights, and your health and safety.
Getting help after an accident is essential. Here are some priorities.
Today, e-commerce represents only about 15-18% of all retail purchases. The growth potential of the “last-mile delivery market” is considerable, according to an article in WorkTruck. Furthermore, the market for urban delivery vans is expected to double over the next five years. Hopefully, safety will be of paramount importance to the retail and delivery industries as well as to regulators and lawmakers as the industry grows and adapts to these changes.
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