With online shopping becoming ever more prevalent in our society, delivery trucks have hit the roadways in full force. Although that may not seem like a big deal, the truth of the matter is that these vehicles often pose significant risks to unsuspecting drivers. In fact, thousands of people are injured every year in accidents caused by delivery trucks.
How are delivery truck accidents caused?
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a devastating and tragic delivery truck accident. Here are some of the most common ways that these wrecks occur:
- Sharp turns that are made without adequate notice to other motorists, such as when a delivery truck driver suddenly makes a left turn to try to make it onto a side street.
- Sudden stops that are made when a delivery driver spots an address, which increases the risk of a rear-end collision.
- Distracted driving, primarily caused by drivers looking at navigation devices and addresses rather than the road.
- Improper backing up or backing up without looking, which can be especially dangerous to pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Failing to properly use a parking brake, which can sometimes lead to a delivery truck rolling backward and into traffic.
Hold delivery drivers and their employers accountable
As you can see, there are a lot of ways that these accidents can occur. None of them are justified. That’s why if you or a loved one has been injured in one of these accidents, you may want to consider taking legal action against both the driver who caused the crash and their employer, whether that be FedEx, UPS, or Amazon. Hopefully, you can find accountability and recover the compensation that you need to further your recovery.