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Holiday Season Means More Delivery Truck Crashes

It wouldn’t be the holidays if we didn’t have delivery trucks darting in and out of traffic to drop off endless packages at lightning speed. Increased delivery truck traffic increases the risk that delivery truck accidents will happen, and the fact that some delivery companies are willing to cut safety corners in order to increase profits doesn’t help. If you’ve been injured by a delivery driver’s negligence, consult with an experienced Columbia truck accident attorney today.

A Shift in Shopping Practices

Every year, far more of us turn to online holiday shopping, which translates to a need for more and more delivery trucks. The industry is booming, and in the process, delivery drivers can be pushed beyond the point of exhaustion. In other words, the situation sets the stage for drowsy driving. This is not to mention the fact that, in order to keep up, delivery drivers have to locate numerous unfamiliar drop-off locations, which can translate to distracted driving as well as speeding. As the demand for home delivery increases, so too do the chances that delivery truck accidents will happen.

Know the Risk Factors

Holiday delivery trucks pose all the following risk factors:

  • Delivery drivers experience more considerable blind spots all the way around their delivery trucks.

  • Delivery drivers require longer stopping distances.

  • Delivery drivers enter and exit traffic frequently and do a lot of starting and stopping – both of which increase accident risk.

  • Delivery drivers are under considerable pressure to perform, which can wear away at their commitment to driving safely.

Delivery drivers are responsible for mitigating risk factors with increased safety efforts, and delivery companies are responsible for not pushing their drivers beyond safety limits.

The Losses You Experience

If you’ve been injured by a delivery driver’s negligence, you can experience immense physical, financial, and emotional losses that include all the following:

  • Property damage to your car and its contents;

  • Mounting medical bills;

  • Lost income; and

  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Your focused truck accident attorney will skillfully ensure that your losses are all well represented in your claim – in support of your fullest recovery.

The Insurance Company

The delivery company and its insurance provider are in the business of generating massive profits, and they’re good at what they do. As such, you can expect the insurance company handling your claim to do what it can to minimize your settlement. Common tactics include:

  1. Early but low settlement offer;

  2. Early denial of your claim;

  3. An overly complicated and lengthy claims process; and

  4. Denial of claimed losses.

An Experienced Columbia, SC, Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

Andrew Littlejohn Johnson at Littlejohn Law – proudly serving the people of Columbia in Richland County along with Allendale, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Hampton, South Carolina – is a seasoned truck accident attorney who has the experience, compassion, and drive to help. Your claim and recovery are important, so please don’t wait to reach out and contact or call us at 803-764-4099 for more information about what we can do for you today.


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