Delivery trucks are great – because they deliver things to us, and there’s little not to love about that. Accidents involving delivery trucks, however, are anything but. If you’ve been injured by the negligence of a delivery truck driver, you need an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney on your side.
The Dangers Inherent to Delivery Trucks
The sheer size, weight, and bulk of delivery trucks help to ensure that any accidents involving them are very serious accidents. In fact, there are a variety of dangers inherent to delivery trucks, including:
- Delivery trucks make frequent stops and starts, which – because it disrupts the flow of traffic and can decrease visibility for other drivers – can make dangerous accidents more likely.
- Delivery drivers often need to pull over when there is no great spot to do so, this can lead not only to blocked traffic but can also put other motorists in the position of having to precariously pass delivery trucks.
- Delivery trucks are much larger than nearly all the other vehicles on neighborhood streets, and this can translate to mean that other motorists aren’t expecting them and may not take the appropriate safety precautions.
- Delivery trucks, because of their size and weight, require longer stopping distances, and on crowded neighborhood streets, allowing this extra distance can be difficult.
- Delivery trucks have much larger blind spots along each side than the cars we drive do, which can contribute to accidents.
While delivery trucks present unique dangers in our neighborhoods, delivery truck drivers are responsible for driving their vehicles safely in relation to whatever traffic situation comes their way.
The level of safety associated with delivery trucks hinges on their drivers, and delivery driver negligence can come in many forms, including:
- Distraction – Delivery drivers have a lot on their plate, and this includes locating specific addresses, moving over for frequent stops, running packages in, and safely maneuvering back onto neighborhood roads – with the rest of the vehicles (and pedestrians). While it is a lot, these drivers are professional drivers who are responsible for fulfilling all of these tasks safely. When a delivery driver is distracted by anything else, it can end in a dangerous accident.
- Impairment – Delivery drivers are on the job and should obviously not be imbibing in alcohol or drugs. Impaired delivery drivers are exceptionally dangerous delivery drivers.
- Excessive Speed – Residential streets have much lower speed limits, and when a delivery driver speeds excessively on these often-crowded streets, he or she puts everyone – including neighborhood children – in danger.
- Exhaustion – Delivery drivers who are fatigued are more likely to be less alert and, thus, less safe.
An Experienced Illinois Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a delivery truck accident, The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey in La Grange is committed to aggressively advocating for your case’s most favorable resolution. We’re here for you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.