The number of delivery truck accidents is increasing, as are the number of delivery trucks on our local and neighborhood streets. The “stay-at-home” orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have increased our dependence upon deliveries to our doors. We are ordering things online that we never thought of ordering, like groceries, medicine, meals, and more. Unfortunately, more delivery trucks on our streets are likely to mean an increase in accidents with delivery trucks.
The freight companies, delivery services, and store delivery vehicles are several sizes and shapes. Some of those shapes and sizes make the trucks difficult to drive and more difficult to park. The companies that own the trucks and services have several competitive promises, including ever-faster delivery times. There is great pressure on many of the drivers to make many deliveries in short periods of time. It is not unusual to see drivers running between truck and delivery point. Under these circumstances, many drivers do not park their trucks. They simply stop.