Delivery Truck Accidents
As consumers, we rely on UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and other delivery services to deliver our online orders. However, just like any other vehicle, accidents can happen. Even though these trucks are not as big as semi trucks or 18-wheelers, they can still cause a significant amount of damage in a crash.
Delivery truck drivers are on tight deadlines throughout the year and especially around the holidays. These drivers work hard to deliver packages to their customers on time, even in rough road conditions and inclement weather.
While most drivers operate their vehicles in a safe and appropriate manner, deadly accidents can still occur. Making matters worse is that these types of trucks are often not regulated. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds. Delivery trucks, on the other hand, tend to weigh between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds. With these types of small commercial trucks and vans growing in popularity, additional regulations are needed to ensure drivers are following the law and being safe. The FMCSA is looking to do more research on these vehicles and analyze the safety practices that companies have in place to ensure that safety is paramount and drivers are educated on the rules of the road.
Causes of Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery truck accidents can happen in a number of ways. Some common causes include:
- Driving while distracted. Drivers may be looking at their GPS or phone to determine where they are going. They may also be looking outside to find the correct addresses and delivery drop-off locations for packages. These distractions can cause accidents.
- Failing to use turn signals. Many drivers are focused on getting to their destination and may not use their turn signals, which can confuse other drivers and cause accidents.
- Delivery truck drivers are often on tight deadlines, and this can cause them to speed and cause a crash.
- Failure to yield the right of way. Impatient delivery drivers may cut in front of other drivers or not stop at red lights or stop signs. These drivers have to follow the rules of the road like everyone else, and when they fail to do so, it can cause serious accidents.
- Delivery drivers often have dozens of stops in a typical day. They may be working from the early morning until late at night. These long shifts can be exhausting and lead to fatigue, which means a tired driver may cause a crash.
- Delivery drivers may use alcohol or drugs or over-the-counter stimulants to stay awake and alert. However, studies have shown that these substances can affect judgment and reaction times and may even cause fatigue.
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A Columbia truck accidents lawyer from Simmons Law Firm can help you deal with the complexities of a delivery truck accident and make sure you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Fill out the online form or call (803) 779-4600 to schedule a free consultation.