Delivery drivers try to do their best during challenging times, and the 2021 – 2022 supply chain crisis has made things difficult. Some drivers operate tractor-trailers while others run deliveries in vans or other vehicles. No matter how a driver attempts to reach a California delivery address, they often deal with stress and pressure. Unfortunately, such strain may contribute to an increase in accidents.
Drivers deal with the supply-chain strain
The current shortage of delivery professionals factors into why so many drivers feel strained. Reports suggest the industry must hire 110,000 drivers every year for a decade to alleviate the problem, no small task. Right now, a limited number of drivers work hard to pick up the slack. Many feel overworked due to the massive increase in orders. E-commerce exploded in 2020 and 2021, and fewer drivers must deliver more orders, a recipe for burnout.
Companies that rush drivers to complete orders might not be doing anyone any favors. Excessive pressure placed on the drivers could contribute to more accidents.
Strained drivers and dangerous driving
A fatigued and distracted driver could cause a collision. A personal injury lawsuit may follow, and the driver might not be the only person sued. If the employer contributed to the negligence, such as forcing drivers to work long hours without breaks or failing to service fleet vehicles, the employer might be held liable, too.
Drivers who get the proper amount of rest and pace themselves could be less likely to cause a collision. A tired driver may suffer from reduced reaction time, or fatigue could cause the mind to wander. An unfocused mind won’t help improve driving safety. Neither does speeding or committing moving violations to get to a destination quickly. Yet, some drivers ignore safe practices and put themselves and others in jeopardy.