Fast shipping really proved to be a game-changer for online shopping, which has currently been at the highest levels ever seen in the United States. It was always seen as an option since the invention of the internet, but waiting for a week or two was inconvenient. If you just have to wait for a day or two, though, it seems just as convenient as going to the store. The result has been a massive surge in online buying.
What this has led to, naturally, is a wave of hiring, especially for delivery drivers. Amazon, for instance, has been hiring thousands of new workers. Many are given special Amazon vans and trained to drive packages to customers’ homes — often with no experience necessary.
The thing to remember about shopping is that someone has to drive. In the past, you would have driven to the store. You don’t have to do that now, but it just means that someone has to take the item from the warehouse and drive it to your front door. That’s why there is such a demand for these delivery drivers, it’s why many of them have little experience and it’s why there is an increased risk on the roads.
Higher traffic levels already increase the risks. Inexperienced delivery drivers may just amplify that risk even more. They’re in large vehicles that they have never driven before, covering larger and larger routes, with increased demand for services and massive order loads to take care of on a strict schedule.
If one of these drivers causes an accident that injures you, make sure you know what options you have.