Unrealistic schedules for truck drivers and delivery persons and others is a problem around Los Angeles, just as it is around the rest of the state. Many people are working longer hours and have a lot of after-work activities, which interferes with time management. With nearly 27 million licensed drivers on the roads, including motorcyclists, traffic has increased, which slows it even more. When drivers have unrealistic schedules, it can make them more of a danger on the roadways as they speed or become aggressive to make it to work, pick up children or other errands.
Unrealistic Schedules Cause Truck Accidents – Start Your Lawsuit Here
LA Trucking injury lawyer David Azizi has helped clients in Los Angeles and the surrounding area for the past 22 years. When someone has been hurt in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another, David is there for you with his compassionate service. Just give him a call at (800) 991-5292 at any time of day, and he will be there to help.
David can schedule a free case review for you to go over your accident, tell you what your options are and give you an estimate of how much your case might be worth. If phoning is not an option, an online contact form is available on his website. David’s diligence, hard work and legal acumen is one of the reasons the legal ranking firm Super Lawyers calls him one of the top personal injury lawyers in the Los Angeles area.
How a Semi-Truck Lawyer Helps With Your Case
Going it alone to try and obtain the compensation you deserve after suffering an accident injury can be a mistake. It has been shown that those who seek legal help are more likely to obtain the compensation they need to pay their medical bills, lost time from work and for their pain and suffering. If an unrealistic schedule by another driver was the cause of your accident, David will investigate to uncover the evidence to build a strong case in your favor. David starts by checking the police report for errors and talking to witnesses. He will also check for video cameras nearby that might have captured the accident on film.
In some cases, accident reconstruction is necessary to show the positions of the vehicles before and up to the point of the accident, which can help prove fault. Checking for road damage is also helpful, from tire marks to upheavals in the pavement and pieces that have broken off of the vehicles. By gathering all the evidence, a strong case can be built for compensation, whether David is dealing with the insurance company on your behalf or preparing a case for court.
Deliveries Are Increasing
More and more people are encouraging deliveries by ordering online at places such as Amazon, eating delivered pizzas and any other foods you can think of and even having their groceries delivered. This increases the number of passenger vehicles and trucks on the roadway. Deliveries are also not limited to daytime working hours. This can create unrealistic schedules for those making any type of delivery from packages to long-haul trucks.
In addition, a shortage of truck drivers around the nation means that untrained truckers are more tempted to speed to make their deliveries faster. This type of stress is dangerous, increases their time on the road and makes it more likely for a serious accident to occur.
Ways That Unrealistic Schedules Can Contribute to Accidents
Unrealistic schedules can result in accidents similar to others. Any of the following can result in accidents with resulting injuries or fatalities. The types of accidents may be caused by the following factors:
- Fatigue: When truck drivers or others spend long hours on the road, it can lead to fatigue. This means that the driver can become bored or sleepy, which is a major cause of traffic collisions. The National Transportation Safety Board reports that 40 to 50 percent of all accidents that involve a big rig are related to a driver who is too fatigued to be behind the wheel.
- Speeding: Drivers who speed are often in a hurry to get where they are going, and an unrealistic schedule can lead to this driving error. Some drivers may be in a rush to make a delivery, especially from restaurants such as pizzerias where the driver may be penalized if the delivery is late. With a long-haul trucker, making a delivery ahead of schedule means they may have some time off afterward or can turn around and haul another load.
- Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo: Truck drivers who are rushed may speed through an inspection to get on the road more quickly or improperly load the cargo. When cargo shifts suddenly, it can cause the truck to experience a rollover or result in a spillage of the load. Either of these can lead to a serious accident.
- Distracted driving: Truckers and other delivery people may be subject to distracted driving because of the boredom of making deliveries. Talking on a cell phone or texting, drinking and eating in the vehicle and other distractions are common causes of traffic collisions.
- Drugged driving: Drivers of trucks or passenger vehicles may be tempted to use drugs to try and stay awake, especially if the delivery or trip is being made during the night-time hours. The use of drugs, even those that are over-the-counter, may affect the driver’s ability to handle a vehicle, affecting their coordination and judgment.
Other Types of Unrealistic Schedules
It isn’t just drivers of big rigs, delivery trucks and passenger vehicles that can face unrealistic schedules while driving. Home and office deliveries by those using motorcycles or bicycles can also be affected. These can include:
- Packages: Delivery services for packages often have a timeline in which the item must reach its destination. Some companies that do this are UPS and FedEx. Drivers often have tight schedules and may be operating in unfamiliar areas, which increases the risk of an accident. Some packages these days are delivered by private cars, and their drivers face the same problem.
- Food Service deliveries: Many fast-food chains, restaurants and pizza places now offer home delivery. The problem is that if the food arrives at its destination cold, the customer may be dissatisfied, so pressure is placed on the delivery person to get it there as quickly as possible. In some cases, if the food isn’t delivered within a certain time, the client ends up paying nothing.
- Messengers: Messengers are used in big cities by businesses to deliver packages or documents by using a bicycle courier or someone on a motorcycle. This is a practical and quick way to make deliveries in cities where parking is at a premium and traffic is congested. However, the pressure to make that delivery quickly can result in an unrealistic schedule, which endangers the delivery person and others.
Call The Law Offices of David Azizi for Help
In order to place a claim for compensation following an accident, it must be shown that negligence was the cause. In this way, the injured person can pursue financial compensation for their injuries, including medical costs, pain and suffering and the time lost at work. Whether dealing with the insurance company on your behalf or preparing to take the case to court, David’s legal acumen, diligence and excellent investigative skills have helped his personal injury law firm win 98 percent of all his cases.
Call (800) 991-5292 today to get started.