What is a UPS Accident?
UPS drivers are under tight schedules and regulations. Especially in the delivery business. These drivers carry with them a small computer which tracks every move. Any small delay is on record. Additionally, they may have as many as 200 stops to make in a single day. These drivers are constantly under scrutiny and intense pressure to keep moving to save time on deliveries. If you’ve been in a UPS truck accident, it is important to recognize that you are up against a company with exceptional organization. They have corporate defense teams available to reduce the costs associated with insurance claims.
What Causes UPS Truck Crashes?
There are many reasons a UPS truck accident might occur. A UPS truck colliding with a car and causing an accident may be the result one of the following:
- A bad work environment may lead drivers to make bad decisions.
- Careless driving due to heavy traffic or adverse weather conditions.
- Truck failure. Some UPS truck accidents happen due to mechanical issues such as with brakes or tires.
- Poor driving history. It’s possible the driver has citations for prior violations.
- Poor driver judgment could result from UPS vehicles being unheated with no air conditioning.
- Illegal parking of UPS trucks can obstruct the view of other drivers and create blind spots. If they are parked in a way that forces someone to drive around a blind corner, the UPS driver may be liable for any resulting accident.
- Driver fatigue can result from UPS driving schedules.
- The driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Aggressive driving.
Over the years, authorities at the federal and state levels have put measures in place to reduce the number of UPS truck accidents. However, these regulations have not resulted in a large reduction in accidents.
What Do I Do After a UPS Accident?
There are several things you can do following a UPS truck accident. We advise that you or someone you trust do the following, if possible:
- Most importantly, collect information from other people involved in the accident. This includes their name, address, phone number,insurance information and employee identification.
- It’s also a good idea to document the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Take photos of the UPS truck accident scene. Be sure to include pictures of the vehicles involved and try to capture the type of accident. Try to take pictures of the people involved as well.
- Get in touch with the authorities if appropriate.
- Get pictures of any injuries that result from the accident.
- Request any surveillance footage that may be available. If you don’t act quickly enough, owners of the surveillance equipment may erase the footage.
- Contact the authorities to request any 911 call recording. However, authorities may erase this if you don’t act fast enough.
Types of UPS Truck Collisions
Furthermore, it is also important to understand the different types of collisions that might involve UPS trucks. UPS truck accidents of all types can lead to severe wrecks. Due to the sheer size of UPS trucks, they can cause property damage and catastrophic injury.
Some of the most common types of UPS truck collisions are:
- T-bone collisions. This kind of UPS truck accident can happen when a truck driver ignores a red light or a stop sign
- Head-on collision. If a UPS truck driver goes over the center line and collides with another vehicle, it is likely to result in serious injury or death.
- Underride/override. If a passenger vehicle crashes underneath a UPS truck, or a UPS truck rear-ends another car, the damage is frequently severe.
- Rollover accident. UPS trucks that tip over at high speeds or around turns may crash down onto other vehicles.
- Backing accidents. UPS truck drivers that are not careful while in reverse may cause injuries.
Who Is Liable in a UPS Accident?
In an ordinary car crash, the at-fault driver is typically the one who is liable.
However, in a UPS vehicle crash, the company itself might be liable as well. Additionally, the driver may be held liable as well. Due to vicarious liability, employers may be held liable for the actions of their employees while they are on the job. When these actions are careless and lead to the injury of another party both employee and employer are at fault.
Other parties may be liable as well. Depending on the circumstances, the manufacturer of the vehicles, or the agency responsible for the roads can be held liable. These circumstances vary, and you should consult with your experienced UPS truck accident attorney before filing a suit against any one of these.
At Premier Law Group, we offer free case reviews. Call 206.285.1743 today to speak directly with a UPS truck accident attorney and get started.
Damages Recoverable After a UPS Truck Accident
Your UPS truck accident attorney should be knowledgeable about all of the potential damages recoverable in a UPS truck accident case. Not all of them are obvious. However, we at Premier Law Group will work to maximize your claim and and get you full and fair compensation.
Damages in a UPS truck accident case may include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages/Earning Capacity
- Loss of Essential Services
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Affection/Consortium/Quality of Life
- Property Damage
- Out-of-Pocket Expenses
United Parcel Service’s Circle of Honor
For UPS drivers who go 25 years without an “avoidable” accident, there is a ceremony honoring them. They also receive a patch on their sleeve documenting their number of years without an and a bomber jacket. Though this distinction might be impressive, only 7 percent of UPS’s 102,000 drivers are members of this group.
The Premier Law Group Advantage?
At Premier Law Group, there are a number of things that make us “different”.
Firstly, we’re straightforward. We will let you know if you don’t need an attorney to settle your claim. We’ll tell you upfront.
Secondly, we offer free initial consultations. These initial reviews are simply conversations. In other words, we speak with you, not at you. With UPS truck accidents, you pay nothing up front and don’t pay fees unless we win.
Service, results, and satisfaction are important to us. We represent people involved in UPS truck accidents. Our Seattle attorneys work on hundreds of personal injury cases and are highly qualified to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Dedicated Car Accident Attorney
Furthermore, there are many advantages to hiring someone as soon as possible. Contact Premier Law Group to speak with one of our Washington UPS truck accident lawyers. It is one of the best things you can do to protect your UPS truck accident claim. We offer FREE initial case reviews for UPS truck accidents in Washington State.
Additionally, we will help protect your health, emotional well-being, and finances right away, and give you useful resources.
At Premier Law Group, we aim to inform everyone who contacts us about their legal options – whether we end up representing them or not. Contact Premier Law Group to schedule a FREE UPS truck accident case review today. Call 206.285.1743.