We usually warn people about rushed and reckless delivery truck drivers around the holidays, but given the steep increase in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a constant stream of UPS, FedEx, and Amazon trucks in and out of local neighborhoods. If you are involved in an accident with a delivery truck, you need to take legal action against the driver and his employer to get the injury compensation you deserve.
How Delivery Truck Accidents Happen
While many people are working from home and are therefore out and about less than they used to be, there are more delivery trucks out than ever. Companies like Amazon are delivering from their warehouses with their own trucks and divers, rather than using other shippers, further adding to the traffic. Due to the high demand for speedy mail-order delivery and a shortage of drivers, some of these trucks are involved in accidents caused by:
- Time pressures. Drivers have a limited amount of time to deliver an increasing number of packages each day. The pressure to complete a route on time can lead to speeding, inattentiveness, and reckless driving, causing accidents with other drivers and pedestrians.
- Inexperienced drivers. Hiring new drivers quickly and contracting out delivery services means that many of the people behind the wheel of these unsteady box trucks are novice drivers who may not be able to handle the vehicle properly.
- Unfamiliar routes. As new routes, drivers, and customers are added each day, more drivers than ever are trying to navigate unfamiliar territory. This leads to last-second turns, speeding, and frustration—all of which can cause an accident.
You might be on your way home from an essential job, or just running out to the grocery store when you are blindsided by a careless delivery truck driver. Given the difference in the size between the two vehicles, you are much more likely to be injured than the delivery driver. If the accident was caused by the truck driver’s negligence, you have a right to recover damages from his employer’s insurance company. When you are dealing with a company like UPS or Amazon, you have a tough battle ahead of you. Call Keller & Keller to discuss your options today.