You’ve probably seen images on the news of 18-wheeler trucks flipped over with their cargo spewed everywhere.
These spills can wreak havoc on traffic, causing delays that last hours. When these accidents involve other vehicles, the results can be deadly.
Occupants in a passenger vehicle can easily be killed in a collision with a large commercial truck, including beverage delivery vehicles.
If you sustained injuries in a Pepsi truck accident, you could have the right to pursue a claim for damages.
Pepsi Truck Accidents in the News
Unfortunately, accidents involving Pepsi trucks are all too common. Many of them make the news as these accidents cause significant damage and traffic disruptions, even with no other vehicles involved.
In May of this year, a Pepsi truck lost control on a wet roadway in Missouri and slid back and forth across the highway, ultimately coming to rest with the truck cab teetering on the edge of the overpass.
Just a few weeks later, another Pepsi truck overturned in San Benito, Texas. The driver lost control, and the truck went into a ditch.
Fortunately, no one sustained injuries in those two collisions, but that isn’t the outcome every time. In 2018, a Pepsi truck broke down in the middle of the interstate.
Another tractor-trailer truck rear-ended the disabled Pepsi truck and spun into a large truck traveling in the other direction. A pick-up truck then crashed into the pileup.
Multiple people suffered injuries, and rescue workers had to extract one truck driver from the cab. Yet another Pepsi driver was pinned in his cab after the truck flipped and fell off the freeway in Southern California.
Proving Liability in a Pepsi Incident
Before you can collect any compensation in a Pepsi truck accident, you need to prove liability against the other driver.
There are four main elements of negligence in an auto accident, whether a commercial truck or another passenger vehicle.
First, you must show the other driver owed you some duty. All motorists must follow traffic laws and keep from endangering other motorists, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, etc.
Large commercial trucks also have federal statutes that they must adhere to, including not driving over a certain number of hours.
Next, you need to show that the other driver breached this duty. For example, suppose a Pepsi driver is speeding down the highway and falling asleep from fatigue when he crashes into the rear of your vehicle.
It’s not uncommon to have multiple contributing factors in these types of collisions. In this case, his speeding and driving while fatigued could be considered a breach of this driver’s duty of care to others on the road.
The third element of a negligence claim is causation. You need to show that the breach of duty is what caused your injuries. A Pepsi driver could be tired and speeding, but if another car hit you, the Pepsi driver would not be at fault.
Lastly, you must be able to show some type of financial loss. Damages include both your tangible and intangible losses.
Items like medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering are some of the damages you can ask for in a Pepsi truck accident.
Contact an Alabama Truck Accident Lawyer
If you sustained injuries in a Pepsi incident, you need to hire an experienced Alabama truck accident lawyer.
The legal team at Fob James Law Firm has years of successful experience with truck accident claims. We aren’t afraid to file a lawsuit and stand up to Pepsi in litigation.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about whether you have a case following a Pepsi incident.