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Why More Trucking Accidents Happen During the Holidays

The holiday season, with its festivities and family get-togethers, is a time of merriment and cheer. Unfortunately, this time of the year is also associated with a notable increase in trucking accidents on the roadways. At Brassfield & Krueger, LTD, we’re here to help you explore the reasons behind this surge and the legal implications for those affected. If you need case-specific guidance, call us for a consultation.

The Pressure of the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings an increased demand for goods, resulting in a heightened number of shipments. This exponential rise in demand often leads to tighter schedules and amplified pressure on both companies and drivers to fulfill their delivery obligations.

Under such circumstances, drivers may be tempted to take risks, such as exceeding speed limits or ignoring safety protocols, to meet these demanding schedules. These reckless actions significantly enhance the likelihood of accidents, making the roads more dangerous during the holiday season.

Neglected Maintenance and Novice Drivers

The urgency of the holiday season can sometimes lead to the neglect of critical truck maintenance. Regular checks, repairs, and upkeep are essential for the safe operation of these massive vehicles. However, when these important aspects are overlooked, trucks are prone to mechanical failures, which pose a considerable risk on the roads.

In addition, the surge in demand may push companies to recruit additional drivers, some of whom may lack the necessary experience. The complexities of handling a truck combined with inexperienced driving can significantly contribute to the rise in trucking accidents during the holidays.

The Impact of Driver Fatigue

Working long hours to meet the intense delivery schedules during the holiday season can lead to driver fatigue. Exhausted drivers are more likely to make mistakes, overlook safety measures, and have slower reaction times, all of which increase the risk of accidents.

Weather Conditions: An Added Challenge

The winter holidays often bring with them poor weather conditions, which can make driving a truck even more challenging. Slippery roads due to snow or ice, reduced visibility caused by fog or heavy snowfall, and overall harsh weather can make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their large vehicles, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Legal Consequences for Victims

Victims injured in trucking accidents may face significant physical, emotional, and financial distress. If the accident was caused due to the negligence of a truck driver or the trucking company, the victim has the right to seek compensation for their damages.

The party at fault can be held responsible for various costs, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages due to inability to work, and pain and suffering. It’s important to understand that determining liability in trucking accidents can be a complex process due to the involvement of multiple parties, such as the driver, the trucking company, and potentially the manufacturer of the truck.

The Importance of Seeking Legal Help

Understanding your rights and legal options is crucial if you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident during the holiday season. At Brassfield & Krueger, LTD, we provide compassionate and dedicated legal services to help you navigate through this challenging time.

We are here to assist you in seeking the justice and compensation you deserve. Our team is committed to helping you understand the complexities of your case and guiding you through the legal process. Reach out to us today for a consultation.

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