The explosive growth of internet shopping over the last 20 years has resulted in a significant increase in the number of delivery vehicles on Irish roads. According to the Health & Safety Authority (HSE) the transportation and storage sector has the third-highest worker fatality rate each year, after construction and agriculture. If you have suffered an injury due to a collision with a delivery truck, or you are a delivery driver who has been injured whilst at work on the road, you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained.
On this page, you will find some general guidance regarding delivery and transportation-related personal injury claims, together with advice on how to instigate your claim.
Bringing a claim for negligence
If you have been involved in an accident involving a delivery truck, an important first step is to ensure that you have fully documented the incident. If your injuries are very severe you should, if possible, relay your experience to a close relative or friend for them to document. You will increase the possibility of securing an adequate settlement with the following details recorded.
- A written description of the incident – try to document this as early as possible after the accident, to ensure that you do not forget any key details that occurred. It can help to draw a rough map of where the incident took place, including a reference to any other cars or pedestrians that were involved.
- Photos or video of the accident scene – if it is safe to do so, it can assist your claim to take photos of the incident using your mobile phone camera or another recording device. Dashcam footage can also be used, so ensure that you keep a copy of the accident footage if you have managed to record it.
- Document credible witnesses – where possible, try to record the details of any witnesses of the incident, including their phone numbers and email addresses. Witness testimony is a powerful factor that can significantly improve your chances of securing an adequate settlement.
- Record the details of other drivers involved – if you are a pedestrian or the driver of a vehicle that has been hit by a delivery truck, be sure to take a record of the delivery driver’s registration number, name, employer, and manager. If you are a delivery driver and you have been injured by another road user, be sure to take the other driver’s registration number, name, phone number, and insurance details. If you are too severely injured to record these details, the emergency services personnel will take them on your behalf.
At McCarthy + Co, we have assisted many people in bringing successful compensation claims against transportation and delivery related businesses. We can help you to instigate your claim if you have experienced any of the following common injuries:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Back, head and neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Injuries to your legs, arms, feet or hands
- Brain damage
If you have experienced any of these typical injuries, it may feel daunting to instigate the initial steps of a compensation claim. You may still be traumatised by the physical or emotional impact of the accident. If so, it is perfectly acceptable to ask a close relative or friend to instigate the process on your behalf. You or your relative can start this process today by speaking to one of our specialist personal injury claims solicitors for further advice.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including road traffic accidents. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident involving a delivery truck, or you are a delivery truck driver who has been injured whilst at work, get in contact with our specialist road traffic accident solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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