Increase in Package Deliveries Presents Dangers on the Road
With the holidays, more of us are likely to be ordering gifts and packages online for delivery. There is also an enormous increase in the number of items being shipped, as people pack boxes of holiday goodies to send to family and friends. As a result, delivery drivers will be working overtime to keep up with the demands, putting in long hours, while dealing with deadlines and tight schedules. Between the rush, lack of sleep, and the sheer number of drivers on the road, delivery truck accidents are more likely to occur.
Delivery Truck Safety
According to Truck Info, a leading information provider for trucking companies, package delivery services such as United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express, and Roadway Express are among the highest earning companies in the industry. With billions of dollars in profits each year, the holidays prove to be one of their most lucrative times. Along with the United States Postal Service (USPS), they will be working around the clock up until the last minute to keep up with consumer demands, while hiring additional workers to ensure deadlines are met.
As household names, these companies place a heavy emphasis on driver safety, often requiring drivers to complete extensive training and undergo regular evaluations. Work Truck Online reports that as a result, their accident rates tend to be lower than others in the industry, averaging one accident per every million miles driven. UPS alone invests close to $40 million in driver safety training, emphasizing that drivers follow these tips:
- Look as far down the road, which gives you more time to respond to changes in road and traffic conditions.
- Avoid tailgating, so you get a more complete picture of what is going on around your truck.
- Keep your eyes on the road at all times, scanning for potential issues.
- Give yourself plenty of space, which can help prevent conflicts.
- Make sure other drivers see you, using your horn, lights, and traffic signals as needed.
How the Holidays Make Delivery Trucks More Likely to Occur
Unfortunately, a good safety record throughout other times of the year offers little protection during the hectic holiday season. With driver inexperience and the overall increase in traffic due to travelers and holiday shoppers, truck accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), factors that come into play over the holidays that can increase truck accident risks include:
- Lack of proper safety training among temporary hires;
- Pressure to meet deadlines, making speeding more likely;
- Distracted driving, such as using cellphones or eating behind the wheel;
- Driver fatigue, due to long hours and a lack of proper breaks.
Even a minor fender bender with a delivery driver can leave you with serious injuries. If you are involved in this type of accident, call or contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online before making any statements or accepting a settlement. Request a consultation with our West Palm Beach truck accident attorney who can recommend the best strategy to get the compensation you deserve.