It is no secret that the holiday season can bring a special kind of festive chaos to your daily routine. Everything from work parties and family events, to getting ready for the holiday itself and wrapping presents can have you feeling like you’re running a marathon all month. It makes perfect sense why more and more people are avoiding the crowded stores and opting for online shopping for presents and groceries. Unfortunately, the increase in online orders means a significant increase in commercial delivery vehicles on the road which can lead to more dangerous driving conditions. We have provided some helpful information in case your accident involves a holiday delivery driver.
Follow these simple steps to protect you and your family when traveling this holiday season. If you are injured in an accident with a holiday delivery driver, make sure to call an accident attorney as quickly as possible!
It's always best practice to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and those around you when driving. Doing so gives you plenty of time to maneuver if the vehicle in front of you slams on its brakes or the car next to you moves into your lane. If you are traveling closely with other vehicles, then you won’t have the opportunity to take evasive maneuvers if necessary. Even if that means driving a little bit slower to move away from the pack of vehicles, at the end day it is better to arrive a little bit late and safe than to rush and possibly get into an accident.
There are a lot of people on the roads this time of year. People are traveling in and out of town, running errands to get ready for the holiday, and just out and about enjoying the festivities in the community. Traffic is going to get worse, and it will take you longer to get to your destination. To avoid causing unnecessary stress and worry about being late, it is best to leave a little bit early. Even leaving just 5 or 10 minutes earlier can make a huge difference in your stress level and the stress level of your friends and family. Remember, what is most important this time of year is the time you spend with loved ones. The more relaxed you are, the better the memories you’ll make!
Everyone has a to-do list a mile long this time of year – we know ours seems to go on and on! The temptation to multitask while driving can be strong, but you have to avoid doing so at all costs! You might think you have a few seconds here or there to cross something off your list – whether you’re at a red light or when you don't have any cars around you, but taking your eyes off the road for just a second or even a millisecond can have catastrophic consequences on you and other drivers on the road. Save the text message, the to-do list, the online ordering until you reach your destination. Don’t forget it is all of our responsibility to make sure everyone gets home for the holiday!
If you are injured in an accident with a holiday delivery driver there are several things you need to know to protect yourself and your case.
While you’re still on the scene, immediately after the accident document everything. The tiniest detail can drastically change the outcome of your case. A lot of delivery drivers this time of year don't drive commercial vehicles, they rent larger trucks or vans to transport the packages. So, it's not always enough to take a picture of the license plate, you also need to take a picture of the insurance card, their driver’s license, and any markings on the vehicle as well.
If it's an unmarked vehicle, your accident attorney should be able to track down the registered owner - whether that's a retailer or rental car agency. That information is absolutely vital to tracking down insurance coverage and verifying all parties involved.
It's also important to get the medical care you need as soon as possible! Some people want to wait till after the holidays to see if their pain goes away but any delay in medical care, whether it's a couple of days or a few weeks, can have significant detrimental effects on your case. That being said, it's not uncommon for pain to really kick in a couple of hours or days after the crash. So, if you don't have pain right away on the scene but start to have it a few days later, you should still get medical treatment as soon as you need it. Don’t hesitate because you think you waited too long or because you didn't go to the hospital right after the crash. If you have any questions about gaps in medical care, you should feel more than welcome to call an accident attorney. Most if not all accident attorneys offer free consultations so you can get your questions answered at no cost to you.
Lastly, if you're in an accident with a holiday delivery driver you need to get an attorney involved as soon as possible. Any motor vehicle accident that includes a commercial truck or van is going to be more complicated than an accident with a private individual. However, accidents with holiday delivery drivers can be significantly more complicated because there are a lot of seasonal drivers, and they can be difficult to track down by virtue of their transient nature so talk to an attorney right away and give them all of the information you documented after the crash so they can fully investigate what happened and protect your interests.
If you or a loved one is in an accident with the holiday delivery driver, contact the attorneys at McKinney Vos to get all of your questions and concerns answered. Located in Austin, Texas, we’re available 24/7 and are happy to help!