Online Retail and the Ever-Increasing Amount of Commercial Trucking Delivery Traffic
Like millions of other Americans, you probably purchased at least something from an online retailer during the recent holiday season. You may have also noticed a sharp uptick in the number of large trucks and other delivery vehicles during the holidays, and these two phenomena are not unrelated.
This past holiday season (to the delight of many online retailers) saw records for online retail shopping broken left and right. Amazon set a new sales record over the long Thanksgiving weekend, and Cyber Monday hit a record $7.9 billion in sales. Online holiday shopping, all and all, accounted for an estimated $126 billion in sales in 2018.
But a major downside to this trend is that record numbers of sales translate to a record number of vehicles on the road making deliveries (known as urban freight). The strong retail economy resulted in a more than 5% increase in urban freight, which meant more trucks hauling more purchases are clogging more roads than ever before.
In 2009, it’s estimated there was a single daily internet delivery for every 25 Americans. Today, there’s closer to one for every eight Americans, and that traffic is predicted to double again by 2023.
Some Sobering Statistics
Did you know that car accidents are predicted to become the fifth leading cause of death in the United States by 2030? Among the deaths recorded in 2014, 3,660 were caused by a collision with a large truck or bus. Of the fatalities, 68% were passengers in motor vehicles, while 15% were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians.
Modern streets and transportation networks simply aren’t designed to handle this influx of large trucks and other delivery vehicles, especially with the added pressure of next-day or, in some cases, one-hour delivery.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 72% of truck accidents resulting in fatalities in 2014 involved tractor-trailers. With 15.5 million trucks on the road, the odds point to tractor-trailers as some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road.
Tractor-trailer Accident Statistics: Settlements in the Billions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that tractor-trailers be insured under their policies, which are much more comprehensive than the kinds of policies held by private individuals. Large trucks hauling freight are required to carry between $750 thousand and $5 million in insurance coverage.
As a result, when people are injured or die as the result of an accident in which the driver of a large truck is at fault, it can result in large settlements. Tractor-trailer accidents cost $20 billion per year in accident settlements, with close to half of that amount awarded to injured victims who suffer a diminished or lost quality of life.
According to a Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted for the FMCSA:
- 27% of trucks were found to have brake problems
- 19% of drivers were unfamiliar with the route
- 10% of truck drivers felt under pressure
- 7% were overly tired
- 3% experienced tire problems
- 5% were driving in an aggressive manner
- 1% were ill
- 0.4% were under the influence of illegal substances
- 0.3% had been consuming alcohol
How Truck Accident Injuries Are Calculated
Those who have been injured as a result of an accident involving a truck driver or trucking company typically face enormous medical bills, an extended recovery period, and they may have to cope with drastic life changes. In addition, time away from work – or the inability to go back to work – can compound expenses and alter quality of life for the person following the accident.
The attorneys at GreeningLaw P.C. are experienced in handing cases involving large-truck accidents and include all medical expenses, prescriptions and other medical costs, lost time from work, as well as future expenses associated with your accident, as well as damages for pain, mental anguish, scarring and disfigurement and physical impairment. This allows our clients to continue with their lives without the need to worry about additional expenses.
What To Do Following a Large-Truck Accident
It’s important to realize that an accident with a tractor-trailer or similar large commercial vehicle is different than an accident involving passenger vehicles (i.e., car, pickup truck, motorcycle, etc.).
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an accident with a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck, GreeningLaw P.C. can help. Our team is committed to the success of your case from day one.
We investigate accidents using every tool at our disposal, including police reports, video and witness accounts, as well as accident reconstruction reports and black box reports. Our experience handling cases involving large-vehicle accidents means we understand the trauma and uncertainty felt by those we represent.
From our free initial consultation to the settlement or trial of your case, we provide practical, caring support for you and your family. And because our lawyers only work on a contingency basis, you only have to pay attorney fees if you are compensated for your case.
Contact GreeningLaw P.C. today to schedule your free consultation today. We will help you get through this. We fight the legal battle so you have time for healing and renewal.