The holiday shopping season is upon us, and millions of Americans will be having packages delivered all across the country. Delivery trucks and vans will be hitting the road en masse to meet the demand, which can mean increased risk for other drivers on local roads and highways. December is typically the worst month for truck accidents in Philadelphia, which are often much more severe than car accidents.
Recent estimates show over a billion packages being delivered each year throughout the holiday season. UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service hire a combined 150,000 temporary workers to meet the increased demand. Many of these workers have less training than regular drivers, and all drivers are at risk of being overworked and not getting enough rest at this time of year. Drivers are required to follow strict hours of service laws to prevent driver fatigue, but many companies bend the rules when confronted with deadlines and may relax some of their safety standards. Drowsy drivers or those engaging in unsafe behaviors to make it to their destination on time are a danger to themselves and to others.
By taking a few extra precautions, travelers can help minimize their risk of a collision with a truck or tractor-trailer. Drivers should keep their distance and avoid cruising next to trucks in case they should brake or change lanes suddenly. Trucks often have large blind spots, and cars may not be visible if they are too close. Always pass trucks on the left and allow extra room when returning to the lane in front of them. Trucks often make wide right turns, so watch for turn signals and be sure to give them plenty of room to maneuver. Traveling at a slower speed can also help reduce the risk of a serious truck accident, particularly if there is inclement weather.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a truck or tractor-trailer, call the Philadelphia truck accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP. Our dedicated legal team has the knowledge and experience to win you the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. With offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Allentown and Reading, Pennsylvania, we help accident victims throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online for a free consultation with a qualified truck accident lawyer.