Making deliveries, causing accidents: harm from too much hurry

Thursday March 27, 2014

In the movie “Castaway,” Tom Hanks plays a duty-driven FedEx manager who is obsessed with delivering packages on time.

A plane crash changes his life, opening him up to a deeper encounter with the meaning of time. A decade after its release, it remains a remarkable film.

In that decade, however, the ever-turning treadmill for delivery trucks has only become more difficult. In this post, we will discuss considerations involved in delivery truck accidents.

The time pressures on delivery truck drivers are immense. The computerization of shipping records and route information means that drivers face relentless pressure to shave as much time as possible as they hurry to each delivery point throughout the day.

Small wonder, then, that drivers for FedEx, UPS and other delivery companies typically double-park while scurrying around making their deliveries. In many cases, the places they choose to park pose risks of accidents to others.

To be sure, the drivers do not intend to be there long when they park in unsafe places. But it only takes a moment to cause a serious delivery truck accident. This is especially the case if the parking is done in a congested area of New Haven or some other city.

We do not seek to demonize delivery drivers with these statements. Our point is that the entire business model of time-obsessed delivery systems raises the risk of motor vehicle accidents.

If you were injured in such an accident, keep in mind that insurance issues often figure prominently in resolving claims for compensation.

If you pursue a lawsuit, you will be doing much more than going after a delivery driver who was just trying to do his or her job. You will be seeking to hold accountable a company that has engaged in excessively risky practices – and probably carries insurance to compensate people injured by them.

For information about our legal practice, please visit our page on delivery truck accidents.

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