Online shopping is more popular than ever before, and the biggest shopping day of the year is right around the corner. All the shopping for Black Friday and its modern equivalent, Cyber Monday, translate into increased deliveries of packages and that means more trucks on the road. Statistically, December is one of the worst months of the year for delivery and freight truck accidents with a 10 percent greater risk, compared to other months of the year.
In past years FedEx has reported delivering 300 million packages during the holidays while the USPS handled 600 million. Besides increased truck traffic, there are many reasons why the holidays see an increase in truck accidents. More deliveries mean tighter schedules for drivers who are already being pushed to maximize profits for trucking companies. Fatigue can lead to driver error, the number one cause for truck accidents. Winter weather can create hazardous driving conditions for everyone, especially for trucks and larger vehicles that require even greater stopping distances in wet and slippery conditions. Lack of experience can also be a factor when trucking companies hire new drivers to meet the holiday demand for deliveries.
Stay Safe with Defensive Driving
With the anticipated increase in truck traffic and deliveries for the holiday season, it makes sense to review some defensive driving tactics to help drivers stay safe in the coming months.
- Never drive in a truck’s blind spot. The blind spot for trucks is naturally bigger than non-commercial vehicles’ and staying there puts you at higher risk for an accident. Other areas of the truck where the driver cannot see you include next to the doors of the cab, directly in front of the cab, and directly behind the truck.
- If you are driving near a tractor trailer, give them plenty of room to maneuver. Leave room when you see a truck that needs to change lanes. When passing, do not pull into a truck’s lane directly in front. Fully laden trucks need a lot of room to come to a full stop in an emergency, so never tailgate a truck.
- In crowded holiday traffic or winter weather conditions, allow extra time for travel so that you will not be under pressure to get to your destination quickly. Speeding is never a good idea and can lead to serious injuries should you be involved in an accident with a large truck or tractor-trailer.
Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Help Injured Victims of Truck Accidents
If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident that were due to the negligence of another party, contact the experienced truck accident lawyers in Columbia at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. who can help you determine your best course of legal action. Call 866-881-8623 today or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We have multiple locations serving clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, as well as the towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.