Employees of the United States Postal Service are warned by the agency itself about the dangers of backing up while on the job. While there are times when it can't be avoided, such as backing a truck into a dock, most instances where it happens during daily routes can be avoided. And, according to the USPS, they absolutely should be.
For instance, if a driver misses a mailbox and has to go back, he or she should simply get out of the vehicle and walk back, rather than backing down the road, against traffic.
The issue is that backing up causes accidents. Even with these warnings, USPS says that there are 10 such crashes every single day that deliveries are being made. In some cases, children have been hit.
So, knowing this, why do drivers back up anyway? Below are a few reasons they give:
- They knew it was dangerous, but they never thought they'd be in an accident. No one thinks it will happen to them.
- The driver was rushing and trying to get the job done on schedule. Not backing up meant driving all the way around the block, which would take a lot longer.
- Drivers do it all the time. A driver thought one more time would be fine, but it led to an accident.
- The driver did not want to drop the mail off at the wrong address and also did not want to walk back to the correct address.
Have you been injured in an accident with a delivery driver who negligently backed up and caused the crash? Make sure you know what legal options you have.
Source: USPS, "Safety Talk: Thinking of Backing Up? Don’t!," accessed March 21, 2018