With online shopping more popular than ever, it’s easy to look around and see Amazon, FedEx and UPS trucks weaving their way through neighborhoods to make deliveries. It’s also unfortunately common to see the drivers of these trucks operating their vehicles in a dangerous fashion. In fact, there are several injurious accidents involving these delivery trucks across our state each year, leaving unsuspecting victims with extensive harm.
How do delivery truck accidents occur?
There are many ways that these wrecks occur. Several of these accidents involve the following:
- Sudden turns: When drivers need to turn to get to a delivery address, they oftentimes turn in an erratic way rather than driving down the block and turning around. This can put bicyclists and pedestrians at a greater risk of being struck. Other motorists can be injured in these wrecks, too.
- Abrupt stops: Delivery drivers might be zooming through a neighborhood one second only to slam on the brakes when they spot an address that they’re looking for. This can increase the risk of you being involved in a rear-end collision.
- Inattention: Rather than keeping their eyes on the road, far too many delivery drivers are looking at navigation devices or house addresses. This distraction can cause them to strike someone who is in a crosswalk, run a stop sign, or fail to slow for stopped traffic.
- Improper backing: Delivery trucks have to back up pretty regularly. But drivers are sometimes quick to throw their vehicles into reverse and gun the gas. This quick change in direction can take other motorists by surprise, leading to a wreck.
What can you do if you were injured in a delivery truck accident?
If you were hurt in one of these crashes, then you should consider taking legal action. After all, that might be the only way that you can find accountability and recover the compensation that you’re owed. And if you’re able to levy your claim against a big company like FedEx or UPS, then you’re much more likely to recover for the full extent of your damages.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to position yourself for success on one of these claims, then now is the time to consider reaching out to a legal professional you can trust.