It’s no surprise that you see delivery trucks constantly during the winter months. Shopping season means more goods, more trucks, and more drivers in order to meet demands, creating a perfect storm of conditions for UPS truck wrecks:
- Holiday rush. One reason so many delivery truck accidents occur around the holidays is that there are more drivers on the roads. Not only are there several times more UPS trucks on delivery rounds, but the increase in shopping and traveling means there are more passenger cars on the roads also.
- Overworked drivers. UPS hires thousands of drivers to make its deliveries, but drivers are still overworked around the holiday season. Delivery drivers of box trucks and even UPS tractor-trailers may fall asleep at the wheel as a result of working too many hours in a row.
- Slick roads. Winter weather in Missouri can be unpredictable, ranging from wet and muddy to icy and slick. It’s not uncommon for trucks to lose grip on bridges and overpasses, careening down embankments or into smaller cars on the highway.
- Spilled packages. Roughly 14 percent of truck crashes cause cargo to spill onto the roadway, and UPS trucks laden with holiday packages may easily cause a pileup due to road debris.
- Pedestrian injuries. UPS drivers must navigate both highways and city streets in order to make deliveries, putting pedestrians at risk. Many people in crosswalks have been struck by left-turning trucks, while small children may be struck as trucks navigate tight residential roads.
Why You Should Consult With an Attorney After You Are Hit by a UPS Truck
Like most commercial shipping carriers, UPS protects its interests by sending insurance adjusters to the scene of every crash, attempting to offer fast, low settlements to victims. The best way to determine if you have been offered a fair settlement is to have an attorney investigating the crash on your behalf. Have you been injured in a truck accident? If so you should speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 for your free consultation today.