More Trucks on the Road as the Holidays Approach
Almost every time you drive on the highway, you likely encounter large commercial trucks. These trucks make use of the interstate system to make deliveries across the country every single night and day. While trucks are on the road all year-round, the number of commercial trucks often increases substantially toward the end of the calendar year.
With the last quarter of the year comes multiple holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s, among others. Each of these holidays brings its own way of preparing, decorating, and celebrating. A single homeowner may change their decorations from ghosts and pumpkins to harvest and turkey themes to holiday lights in a very short span of time. In addition to the festive decor, many people host parties or gatherings to celebrate these holidays. Finally, we should all be familiar with the gift-giving that comes with the end-of-winter holidays.
To prepare for all of these holidays and the needs (and wants) of consumers, the shelves of stores must be stocked. Many Halloween stores open only for one month a year and have almost everything you may want to celebrate the holiday. Stores will quickly change over to the winter holidays with Christmas trees, menorahs, and millions of twinkle lights. Retailers want to be certain to have everything consumers want throughout the holiday season.
In addition to the above, we have to remember how much shopping increases during the holiday season. We have “Black Friday,” during which shoppers mob stores to take advantage of sales and markdowns. Shoppers will also be purchasing a wide variety of gifts for friends and family through the end of December. Stores will almost certainly increase their inventories, requiring more trucks to make the additional deliveries.
Common Causes of Truck Crashes
With more truck drivers on the road, there is a greater chance for truck driver error, which is the primary cause of truck collisions in the United States, according to one study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).1 In addition, drivers can make more mistakes when they are in a hurry to make additional deliveries or the stress level of their job has otherwise increased.
Some example of truck driver negligence that commonly lead to crashes include the following:
- Violating hours of service rules,2 resulting in fatigued driving
- Texting or other behaviors that cause distracted driving
- Aggressive driving, including tailgating and other intimidating behaviors
- Speeding, especially in adverse winter weather conditions
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
If any of the above caused your accident or you believe the truck driver was at fault for another reason, you have the right to file a legal claim against the driver and their employer to seek monetary recovery for your accident-related losses.
Protecting Your Rights
If your truck accident injuries happened during the holiday season, the last thing you want to think about is talking to a lawyer and starting a legal case. Your focus should be on your physical recovery from your injuries and on spending as much quality time with your family and friends during the holidays that your injuries will allow. However, as soon as it is possible, you should discuss your options with a skilled truck accident attorney.
In Florida, you do have four years to file a personal injury claim after a truck accident.3 However, the longer you wait, the more difficult it can become to gather evidence to prove that the truck driver was negligent. Therefore, you should never delay too long in calling an attorney after a crash. The sooner we start working on your case, the sooner you can receive the compensation you need and deserve for your various losses and injuries.
Call a New Port Richey Truck Accident Lawyer For Assistance Today
No one wants to have their holiday season marred by serious injuries in a preventable truck accident. If you have been injured, you need to have a highly skilled truck accident lawyer handling your case to ensure that you are properly compensated for all of your medical bills and other losses. At Dolman Law Group, we know how to identify liable parties in truck accidents and hold them accountable for causing you harm. Please call our office at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation as soon as possible.
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Clearwater, FL 33765