An ever-increasing number of Americans opt for e-Commerce as a more convenient and cheaper alternative to shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. It seems that soon there will be a point when we no longer need to leave our house, as we will be able to do everything with the help of your cellphone or laptop.
For now, it’s nothing more than distant future. The reality is that the ever-rising popularity of e-Commerce is driving up the demand for delivery trucks in Pennsylvania and all across the United States. After all, someone’s got to transport those millions of items each year. Interestingly, the U.S. economy relies on delivery trucks to transport nearly 70 percent of all freight transported each year, with the revenue surpassing $700 billion annually.
One would think that the delivery service industry is one of the easiest ways to make money, but that’s a huge misconception. “In reality, delivery companies experience a shortage of truck drivers and are sued in thousands of personal injury lawsuits each year,” says our Philadelphia delivery truck accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
“Wait, who is suing delivery companies for injuries?” you may be thinking. The answer is: all those who get injured by delivery trucks on Pennsylvania roads and highways. As we have mentioned earlier, there is a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S., which prompts many delivery companies to set unrealistic deadlines for their drivers to deliver packages without delays.
As you can imagine, being under pressure, facing tight deadlines, and doing everything in a hurry to delivery items as fast as possible can make it extremely difficult to operate a truck safely. That’s why a large percentage of delivery truck accidents are caused by stressed out, fatigued, overworked, burned-out, drowsy, and angry delivery truck drivers.
If you were involving in a delivery truck accident and you can prove that the truck driver failed to operate his or her truck safely in order to deliver items on time, you may be able to sue both the truck driver and his/her trucking company.
“The trucker’s employer can be held liable because the employer made its truck driver work in a stressful environment when facing unrealistic deadlines,” explains our experienced delivery truck accident attorney in Philadelphia.
By imposing tight deadlines, the employer is basically encouraging his or her truck drivers to disobey traffic rules in order to deliver items to their customers’ doorstep as fast as possible. Other causes of delivery truck crashes include but are not limited to: