Nobody wants cold pizza. Since pizza places make a lot of promises and a delivery driver’s tips may depend on the speed of their service, they’re often rushing to get from one house to the next.
That’s a big problem. In their haste, pizza delivery drivers can end up making mistakes that lead to wrecks and serious injuries — or even deaths.
What do the statistics have to say about pizza delivery drivers?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), pizza delivery and assorted “driver-sales” occupations are number five on the list of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. On average:
- There are 38 deaths per 100,000 workers in this occupation.
- 29 of those deaths are due to wrecks (the remaining are due to assaults and robberies).
What the statistics don’t show, however, is the untold number of victims that suffer injuries and deaths in crashes that are caused by frazzled pizza delivery drivers every year. We can only estimate how often it happens — but the indications are that it happens quite a lot.
There are a number of reasons that pizza delivery drivers may be especially prone to causing car wrecks:
- They’re on the road a lot. More miles means more chance of making a mistake.
- They’re often young. Many are teens or barely in their 20s, so they don[‘t have much experience behind the wheel
- They may be exhausted. Older delivery drivers may be working the job as a side-gig to meet their bills, and that can leave them fatigued and less-alert.
- They’re moving fast in residential areas. They may encounter bicycle riders, dog walkers and people out for an evening stroll far too often.
- They’re distracted. They may be paying more attention to the messages from their navigation devices than the road on unfamiliar streets.
- They’re pressured. Some companies push their delivery drivers very hard to avoid having to comp an unhappy customer with free food.
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a pizza delivery driver or your loved one was killed, don’t assume that your options are limited. You may be able to bring a civil claim against the driver and their company for your losses. Find out more by speaking with a Chula Vista personal injury attorney today.