The number of people doing their holiday shopping online continues to expand each year, which means more delivery trucks on the road than at any other point in the year. UPS alone has hired 95,000 seasonal employees and expects to deliver 700 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A combination of the rush to deliver packages on time, frequent stops, inclement weather, and a spike in the number of large trucks on the road, can increase the likelihood of trucking accidents.
If you are involved in a truck accident over the holidays, contact our experienced Houston truck accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 to find out how we can help you.
Risk of Traffic Accidents Increase During Holiday Season
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), around 27,000 people will be seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and more than 250 will die during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Increased alcohol consumption, traffic congestion, and poor weather conditions are thought to be factors contributing to accidents during the holiday season. A 2013 study by State Farm found that 32 percent of drivers were more likely to engage in aggressive driving during the Christmas holiday season.
The holiday season is already a risky time to be on the road with more than 100 million people traveling to visit friends and family. When you add thousands of large delivery trucks into the mix, it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve are in the top ten most dangerous holidays of the year.
Common Causes of Accidents Involving Delivery Trucks
The pressure on truck drivers to deliver packages on time can result in more mistakes behind the wheel. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving delivery trucks include:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driver inexperience
- Inadequate or improper maintenance
- Impaired driving
- Negligent hiring
- Inadequate training of drivers
- Aggressive driving (e.g. speeding)
Tips For Sharing the Road Safely
- Avoid no-zones: These are the blind spots on the side, approximately 100 feet behind, and immediately in front of large trucks where drivers cannot see a vehicle.
- When a truck driver signals to change lanes, make sure to give him plenty of space to pass or change lanes safely.
- Be aware that trucks may roll back if the driver takes his foot off the brake while at an incline.
- If a truck is turning right, it will likely need to swing left to negotiate the turn. Drivers should not attempt to pass on the right as this may lead to an accident.
For Truck Drivers
- Leave plenty of room between the vehicle and other cars to account for the increased time it takes to come to a complete stop.
- Use proper signals when pulling off the road to make a stop, maneuvering through or around intersections, and in neighborhoods.
- Do not tailgate.
- Double-check mirrors before turning right.
How an Experienced Houston Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have decades of experience helping truck accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. We have handled claims involving virtually every type of trucking accident and we fight for the maximum possible compensation in every case.
Our track record of success includes helping our clients recover compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
If you or a loved one has been injured in a holiday trucking accidents, contact us today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers.