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What the online shopping surge means for traffic conditions

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2021 | Truck Accidents

Last year certainly saw a surge in online shopping. Some of that is expected to continue well into 2021, though we clearly will not have the full statistics until the year closes. 

But the numbers from 2020 are staggering. Some estimates indicate that online purchases brought in about $861 billion. That was a stunning 44% higher than the amount that was spent back in 2019. The total means that about 21.3% of all retail purchases were made on the internet. 

More purchases lead to more deliveries

This has impacted many areas of society, but one that often goes under the radar is the impact on traffic. The more that people spend money online, the more deliveries have to be made. Someone still has to get those products to their destinations.

This may not mean there is more traffic overall. One delivery truck, of course, can carry hundreds of packages that, if all purchased in brick and mortar stores, would have required hundreds of car trips to pick up. But what it does mean is that you have to share the road with more oversized vehicles, which can be a risk. 

Additionally, delivery companies had to hire more drivers to meet all of this new demand. This means that there was a sudden influx of less experienced drivers out there on the roads, and they were likely under a lot of stress from the increased volume of their work. All of these factors can increase the number of accidents involving delivery vehicles.

If you get in an accident with a delivery vehicle, then what?

If one of these delivery trucks hits you and causes serious injuries, you must know how to seek proper compensation for medical bills and related costs. Pursuing a claim for your damages is your legal right. 

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