As the popularity of e-Commerce and online shopping keeps rising at a rapid pace every year, our roads and highways are becoming more and more dangerous because of this. “What does the ever-rising popularity of e-Commerce have to do with the occurrence of motor vehicle accidents?” you may be thinking. Two words: delivery trucks.
Large corporations such as FedEx and UPS use delivery trucks to help them transport packages from point A to their customers’ doorstep, and even the U.S. economy relies on delivery trucks to haul nearly 70 percent of all freight transported every year.
The trucking industry is definitely in its heyday, pulling in more than $700 billion each year. “And given that the number of Americans who opt for online shopping as a more convenient alternative to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores is expected to increase, the industry’s revenue is expected to grow even further,” says our Pittsburgh delivery truck accident attorney at SMA Law Group.
More revenue means more items that need to be transported by delivery trucks, means more delivery trucks on our roads and highways, means more injuries and fatalities caused by these trucks… It sure seems like a vicious circle.
“What makes delivery trucks so dangerous?” some of you might wonder. Although causes of motor vehicle collisions involving delivery trucks vary greatly, a large percentage of these crashes are caused by negligence, recklessness, and carelessness on the part of delivery companies and their truck drivers.
For example, did you know that many delivery truck drivers are under a tremendous amount of stress from facing tight deadlines even though they seem cheerful when handing you a package? These unrealistic deadlines set by delivery companies to deliver as many packages as possible to avoid bad reviews can lead to bad judgement and impaired decision-making abilities when operating a delivery truck.
No wonder why there are so many stressed out, burned out, overworked, drowsy, and fatigued delivery truck drivers! After all, being under constant pressure and working in a stressful environment can take a toll on anyone.
But tight deadlines are not the primary or secondary cause in 100 percent of all delivery truck accidents. Another common cause is delivery companies slacking on the required routine inspection and maintenance for their fleet of delivery trucks. After all, these delivery trucks must be operated day and night to complete a never-ending list of delivery orders, which means there is little to no time for delivery companies to conduct inspection and maintenance.
“Liability for a delivery truck accident may not be immediately clear, but more often than not, both the delivery truck driver and delivery company can be held responsible for your damages and losses,” says our experienced delivery truck accident attorney in Pittsburgh.
Whether or not you will be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a delivery truck driver and/or delivery company depends on the cause of your crash. For example, the company that manufactured the delivery truck might be the only party responsible for the crash if it was caused by a manufacturing or design defect. Causes of motor vehicle crashes involving delivery trucks include but are not limited to:
You may want to speak to a Pittsburgh delivery truck accident lawyer to establish fault and determine the value of your case. Do keep in mind that major delivery companies are represented by the best defense lawyers who protect them liability lawsuits by denying legitimate claims.