For truck drivers, the holiday times can be very busy. In fact, some UPS unions have filed complaints amid concerns about how workloads might impact driver safety. This year, UPS alone expects to have 750 million deliveries through the holidays this year, which means about double the volume during the rest of the year and over 40 million more deliveries when compared with 2016.
Drivers and unions have expressed concerns about company policies concerning holiday deliveries. Some companies allow drivers to work longer hours or expect drivers to drive up to 70 hours per eight-day period. Unfortunately, this can create a number of hazards.
The Dangers of Fatigued Driving
Fatigued drivers can lose control of their vehicles or even fall asleep at the wheel, potentially causing trucking accidents. They are also a concern because they are starting and stopping their trucks often when delivering packages and this process, when they are parking and pulling out of parking spots, can be especially dangerous. Tired drivers can back into other cars or pedestrians and can cause other damage and injuries if they are too fatigued to focus properly.
Tired delivery drivers are an especial concern because they drive not only on highways but often in residential neighborhoods. They are around children walking home from school and workers heading to and from work. In residential areas, vans and trucks with blind spots can easily lead to accident and truck drivers need to be alert and distraction-free to ensure safety for everyone.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured in Hollywood or South Florida
Have you been injured by a delivery truck anywhere in South Florida? You may have a claim against the driver or the carrier who hired the driver. If the driver was fatigued due to unreasonable company policies, for example, they can be held liable. If the truck had mechanical defects, you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
Launching a claim if you have been injured by a delivery truck lets you seek compensation for your injuries, so you can pay for medical costs, time lost at work and other expenses. You may be surprised at how expensive an injury can be, and getting financial support lets you focus on recovering from your injuries instead of on the financial pressure of an injury.
If you have been injured, contact a Hollywood truck accident attorney as soon as you can. You can do so by contacting Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN). Our compassionate legal team has already successfully resolved thousands of cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs and we have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of injured people just like you. The Flaxman Law Group legal team has more than six decades of combined experience. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options moving forward.