Like with all motor vehicle accidents, delivery truck accidents can be caused by multiple factors. In most cases though, human error and outdoor conditions are typically found to be the main contributions to an accident.
Failure to set emergency parking brake – Before exiting the vehicle, a delivery truck driver must always set the emergency parking brake. This act will prevent rollback onto nearby vehicles and property.
Failure to yield – When turning or merging, a delivery truck driver should yield to all nearby passenger vehicles.
Backing-up after missing delivery address – Due to their large blind spots, a truck driver should not back-up in order to save time. Instead, the truck driver should turn-around, thus allowing the driver to see other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Fatigue, intoxication, and inexperience – Whether performed in unison or separate, these driver behaviors are extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
Failure to complete routine maintenance – Repairs and safety checks should be completely often to make sure that all parts of the delivery truck are working properly.
Poorly secured cargo load – Boxes, parcels, and other goods that are not stowed properly in the appropriate manner can greatly affect the weight distribution of a business truck or bus.
Poor road conditions – Badly planned and paved roadways can greatly contribute to an accident.
Poor weather conditions – Thunderstorms, wind, and extreme temperatures can all affect the conditions of the road and the behavior of the truck driver. It is important to pay extreme caution when driving in bad weather.
Vehicle equipment failure – Brake, tire, and transmission failure can all result in a delivery truck driver losing control of the vehicle and thus potentially causing an accident.