More Deliveries = More Dangers on the Road
The Road Dangers of Increased Delivery Needs
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a need for more essential items to be delivered. Places like hospitals, grocery stores, as well as establishments that sell other crucial items for everyday living need their goods delivered before they run out. This means more trucks are out on roadways expected to get much-needed supplies to their destinations fast. Here’s why this can be a problem.
The Impact of The Emergency Declaration on Commercial Vehicle Drivers
In mid-March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an emergency declaration for commercial vehicles that are involved in delivering essential goods for coronavirus relief efforts. This means that regulations for hours-of-service rules have been waived, and drivers are permitted to drive as many hours as necessary to deliver the essential items. When truck drivers are on the road for long hours without a break, this could lead to driver fatigue, and as a result, the driver will have a slower reaction time or could fall asleep at the wheel.
Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
The size comparison between a car and a commercial truck is obvious. Trucks hold a substantial amount of weight, and the force of a crash between a truck and a car can cause a severe injury to anyone involved. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding or organ injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Wrongful death
What to do After a Truck Accident
If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident and have sustained injuries, it’s critical to call 911 immediately for help. If possible, do not move vehicles that were involved in the accident. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene to keep for your records. It’s also essential to get the following information:
Name and contact information of the other drivers involved in the accident.
Insurance information of the other drivers involved.
Name and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Contact a Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyer
Even though you may practice defensive driving on the road, a truck accident can happen in the blink of an eye. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a truck accident, we are here to help you. Our experienced personal injury attorneys know what it takes to recover compensation for truck accident victims.
Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at (816) 298-8708 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.