Like it or not, the end of the year is almost here and with it comes the holidays. That means more trucks on the road delivering packages – which generally means more truck accidents. As more and more research is being done into the cause of the increase in truck accidents over the holiday season, it is becoming clear that the insistence on two-day delivery may be partially at fault. Keep reading to learn more and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Real Issue is Drowsy Driving
The actual issue is that drivers are required to drive well after they are tired. Some truck drivers have said that they are forced to work for many hours straight without a break for a meal or even to use the bathroom. Sometimes they are required to deliver more than 200 pages in a single day, which may require late-night hours – and dark driving that they are not used to.
Why is Drowsy Driving So Dangerous?
A person who is drowsy while driving is more likely to get into a car accident than a person who is not drowsy – it is that simple. This is why commercial truck drivers have legal requirements to stop every ten hours after being behind the wheel. However, some delivery drivers are third-parties – not employees – which means they do not have the follow the same regulations.
These “employers” often require that their workers are behind the wheel seemingly nonstop when the holiday rush comes and this can lead to ten+ hour days straight behind the wheel. This is why you may be more likely to see a delivery driver speeding, going around turns fast, or running red lights – they are trying not to lose their job.
What is the Answer to This Difficult Situation?
You may wonder – does this mean that you should not order two-day shipping? Does it mean that you should wait for longer time periods to get your goods or shop exclusively in your neighborhood? The answers are private and up to you to decide. However, there do need to be stricter standards on when delivery drivers can work, how many hours in a row they can work, and how many hours per week they can work. Studies have shown that this could have a significant impact on how many drowsy driving accidents there are.
What to Do if You Are Involved in a Truck Accident
If you are involved in an accident with a delivery driver then there may be several parties found at fault. It could be that the driver, their boss, or even the manufacturer of the truck is at fault. It could be that the person or company that loaded the cargo is at fault. It is up to your personal injury attorney to determine fault and what can be done about it. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.