Being able to order something online and have it at your home within a matter of days or less is an great modern convenience. However, as with most conveniences, it comes with secondary consequences that aren’t immediately obvious.
The drivers tasked with delivering hundreds of packages every day may not be in a position to do so safely. You could wind up in a crash caused by a delivery driver who has been working for hours without adequate breaks. How serious of an issue is the lack of resources and rest time for delivery drivers?
Some drivers don’t even get a bathroom break during the day
Imagine that you work a shift that lasts almost half a day or even longer. Now imagine that the amount you receive in pay or your job security depends on you delivering every single package, no matter how long it takes you to drive your route.
That is unfortunately the reality for many delivery professionals working for big companies. They have to deliver regardless of their own needs. The pressure is so intense that many report skipping meal breaks or even using empty water bottles in their vehicles as bathrooms because they don’t have time to stop at a gas station or other location.
Delivery drivers stressed by their schedule, trying to find a recipient’s house or fighting off natural urges may be prone to distraction and make bad decisions at the wheel. Understanding how companies contribute to crashes can help you take action if you’ve been injured in a crash caused by a delivery vehicle driver.