Why Delivery Trucks Are Dangerous
These trucks present unique threats to public safety, which is why they are involved in so many accidents. We tend to see delivery trucks get into accidents for the following reasons:
- They are heavy and hard to maneuver. These big trucks are larger than most passenger sedans and do not easily take corners.
- They have large blind spots. A driver could easily back into someone when putting the truck into reverse or strike a pedestrian when the driver tries to make a turn.
- The drivers are working under pressure. Tight deadlines force delivery drivers to speed and take risks that can endanger public safety.
- The driver is not adequately trained or overworked. Driving a delivery truck is not the same as driving a passenger sedan. Some companies have skimped on training or drug testing their employees. Drivers are limited by law as to how many hours they can drive. A sleepy driver is a dangerous driver.
- The trucks are often not properly maintained. The brakes need regular service and are dangerous when not functioning 100%. The tires must be properly inflated and not too worn, otherwise the truck veer unexpectedly or slide on wet roads.
Delivery trucks also operate downtown during the busiest parts of the day. With so much traffic, it is unsurprising that they get into collisions.
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