Delivery trucks play an important role in getting customer goods, materials, and industrial products to stores, businesses and customers. You may rely on delivery trucks to deliver your latest purchases from your local or online retailers while delivery trucks also work to get products on shelves.
Unfortunately, delivery trucks can also be a source of traffic accidents in Hollywood and South Florida. These trucks often share the space with other road users in store parking lots, in residential areas, and on city streets, where they can pose a danger to passenger cars and pedestrians. In addition, delivery truck drivers often face tight deadlines and this can pressure them to drive for longer hours than is safe, in spite of hours of service regulations.
There are several things you can do to help prevent delivery truck accidents:
- Use extra caution when driving or walking where delivery trucks are more likely to be. Highways, parking lots, rest stops and other areas where delivery trucks tend to drive mean extra danger for passenger cars and pedestrians. Avoid walking or driving around delivery trucks, especially in blind spot areas, such as along the sides of the truck or behind a truck. Drivers simply cannot see you.
- Use extra caution in retail parking lots. Check to see where the delivery and loading zones are at your local shopping centers. There will be more traffic around these areas, especially during the holidays. Park well away from these areas and avoid walking in these zones, since there is more truck traffic there. Stick with pedestrian crossings which are well lit and indicated by lines on the ground. Truckers are more likely to see you and may be more able to avoid you when you are visible and in pedestrian areas.
- Be prepared when delivery trucks are expected on your property. Move other cars out of the way and make sure children are not playing in the yard. Be ready to help the delivery truck driver but stay out of the way so they can do their job. Remove trash cans and anything else which may pose a barrier and make sure the driver can back into or out of your property. Make sure you give clear directions to drivers when filling out delivery forms, so drivers do not get lost and behind schedule when trying to drop off your items.
If you have been injured by a delivery truck or if your property has suffered damages due to a delivery truck, you may have legal options. To speak to a truck accident attorney in Hollywood, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no obligation case consultation.