Delivery trucks used to be relatively few and far between on our roads. These days, it’s hard to go anywhere without seeing several of them because so many people prefer to have goods and groceries delivered to their door rather than go out and collect them themselves.
Not only has this added to congestion on the roads, but it brings new opportunities for injury-causing crashes.
Here are some of the reasons why:
Delivery drivers are reliant on electronic devices. Not only do they need to look at their screens to navigate, but their devices may ping frequently with updates from their employer. If they are paying attention to their devices, they are not paying attention to the road.
Pressure and fatigue
It’s no secret that delivery drivers are often on unrealistic schedules. It’s also no secret that they are poorly paid. Hence, they may feel pressured to take risks and work long hours with insufficient rest to keep up with their employers’ demands and earn enough to provide for their families. That does not make for optimal driving.
Lack of experience or training
To become a truck driver takes a lot of training. It is far easier to become a delivery driver, with some companies failing to carry out proper checks or provide any training. That means some drivers won’t be of a suitable level.
Parking on the side of the road
Delivery drivers often stop suddenly in places that are unsafe to stop as they reach an address. They jump out, grab the goods, then hop back in and pull straight out. If they do not indicate or check their mirrors, it can lead to a crash.
If you’ve been injured in a crash resulting from negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.