By all accounts, people are determined to celebrate this holiday season. Folks are spending more than ever online, and both Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service are gearing up for a busy holiday season that is fraught with supply chain problems.
What does this mean for you (aside from the fact that you need to get your holiday order in early)? It’s time to be more cautious about walking and driving in your own neighborhood. Otherwise, you may find yourself involved in an accident with a delivery truck.
Why are delivery vehicles more dangerous at this time of the year?
Essentially it comes down to two things: Frequency and familiarity. During the heavy days of holiday shopping:
- Delivery trucks may be in the area more frequently than before, with drivers making stops at unusual times.
- Many of the delivery drivers may be temporary hires, new hires or drivers pulled from other routes, so they don’t know the neighborhoods as well.
- Distracted driving may be more of a problem as drivers attempt to follow their guidance systems, keep in touch with their dispatcher and find house addresses.
- Many of the deliveries are happening in the dark due to the short winter daylight hours, and the low visibility in residential areas can make it harder to see walkers and other vehicles.
- Fatigued driving may be more of a problem as drivers attempt to keep up with the holiday rush.
In short: Exercise more caution than usual when you’re pulling out of your driveway, walking your dog, raking leaves or anything else for a while. Your safety is at stake. If you do end up in a serious accident with a delivery vehicle, learn more about your legal right to compensation for your losses.