UPS Truck Accident
Truck Accident Lawyers Representing People Injured in UPS Trucking Accidents
Colliding with a UPS truck can cause significant injuries due to the weight and size of the vehicle, especially when it is loaded with parcels. However, determining who is at fault for accidents can be complicated, where liability may extend farther than the delivery vehicle operator.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents individuals and families involved in serious injury and wrongful death cases involving UPS trucks. If you believe the negligence of a UPS truck driver is responsible for a crash that caused you harm, we encourage you to contact our office for a free review of your case.
As with all of our trucking lawsuit cases, we work on a contingency fee basis where a legal fee is charged only when we recover compensation for you.
UPS (United Parcel Service) is a global operation, recognized as one of the largest parcel and freight delivery trucking companies in the world. In Illinois, many residents and visitors recognize the UPS delivery truck by its dark brown color and contrasting gold shield logo.
Like its competition, UPS moves cargo and freight in a variety of different sized vehicles that include tractor-trailers (semis), 18-wheelers, commercial box trucks, and vans.
A Growing Delivery Company With A Worldwide Imprint
The company began in 1979 and is now a leading worldwide provider of logistical services and specialized parcel transportation around the globe. UPS remains profitable because it uses advanced technology for managing and transporting parcels.
Through an integrated network of workers, advanced technology, physical assets, and continuing access to global resources, UPS remains one of the most influential businesses in the world.
United Parcel Service went public in 1999 offering shares on the stock exchange. Stock offerings help the company significantly expand its abilities to become an industry leader in air and trucking freight.
Since going public, the company acquired over 40 different companies including business and retail shipping services, international trade, finance, and customs brokerage. Over the last few decades, UPS has expanded its services to a worldwide stage including sending and receiving deliveries in Asia, Europe, and South America.
The United Parcel Service Corporation headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In the US, 9260 UPS drivers operate 6298 delivery trucks. In the last 24 months, UPS truck drivers have been involved in almost 1500 crashes with 548 involving injuries, and 36 accidents with fatalities.
Delivery Truck Accidents With Brown Semis, Vans & Cars
Because of the millions of miles traveled by UPS drivers every year, it is not surprising that there is a high rate of accidents with injuries involving other motorists on the road.
The average weight of a UPS delivery truck ranges between 16,000 and 24,000 pounds. However, a UPS 18-Wheeler with the trailer fully loaded can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds.
The company must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations set forth by the United States DOT (Department of Transportation) for maintaining truck safety on the road.
The regulatory controls are designed to efficiently manage the safety rating and standards of large commercial vehicles traveling across the country and in local Chicago area neighborhoods. The UPS Corporation must follow specific regulations that include:
- Driver training requirements
- Repair and maintenance requirements
- UPS truck drivers records including details on hours of service
- Program development and implementation on preventing alcohol and drug use
Even following the rules and regulations, there are expanding numbers of injuries and fatal accidents every year involving UPS trucks.
UPS Truck Accident Causes
In most incidents, an accident with a UPS truck involves various entities and individuals. In many collisions, motorists and passengers in other vehicles suffered severe injuries. Many of these injuries might have been avoided if the UPS truck driver had been properly and adequately trained by their employer.
Improperly training company employees often means a difference between a fatal truck accident and a near-miss. With the excessive number of miles driven by UPS truck drivers every year, shifting loads, adverse weather conditions, and common distractions every driver faces during the day magnifies the potential of severe collisions with trucks and passenger vehicles on the road.
Common Causes for a UPS Collision Include:
- Excessive speed
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Bad weather
- Driver negligence
- A lack of driving experience
- Traffic violations
- Failing to follow traffic control systems, including a stop sign or stoplight
- Tailgating (driving too close from behind)
- Driver stress and fatigue
- Sudden braking
- Blowout or defective tires
- Failure when yielding right-of-way, or when driving backward
- Improper use of the parking brake
- Untrained UPS driver
UPS Truck Accidents FAQs
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC know that many families have unanswered questions on how to hold UPS accountable in vehicle accidents. An injury accident lawyer has answered the most frequently asked questions below.
For additional information, contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free case evaluation. Let us discuss your evidence, the extent of your injuries, and the compensation you deserve.
Are Dash Cameras Installed on UPS Trucks?
Nearly all UPS trucks have installed dash cameras recording the UPS driver's actions and the surrounding area. Additionally, the truck has installed sensors to record if the driver seat belt is buckled, the doors open, and when the delivery driver applies the brakes.
The dash cameras also captured traffic images used when law enforcement is investigating who was responsible for causing the crash. This information can provide valuable evidence as a witness accounts to help build a claim, to determine causes and responsibility.
What Typically Causes UPS Truck Accidents?
UPS truck crashes nearly always involve the delivery driver's negligence or other motor sharing the road. Many of these accidents are caused by a defective truck component, not looking when backing up, dangerous roadway conditions, adverse weather, and lack of proper maintenance.
The company trains UPS drivers to maximize every moment when driving routes and delivering packages as efficiently as possible. However, maintaining tight schedules could lead to reckless driving, speeding, or fatigue, endangering the public.
How Do Victims Prove UPS Delivery Drivers Caused the Accident?
Nearly every personal injury case involving a vehicle accident is based on someone's negligence. Possible defendants in a UPS truck accident lawsuit could include the drivers, trucking companies, truck or van manufacturers, maintenance crews, tire manufacturers, and others.
Many accident lawsuits are based on the trucking company's negligence, including:
- Substandard hiring practices
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Failing to perform background checks to identify reckless driver's
- Drug testing regulation violations
- Improper loading and unloading practices
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) regulated "hours of service" violations
- Improperly secured boxes and packages
Typically, the plaintiff's personal injury attorney will investigate all contributing factors that lead to their injuries and hold each party (multiple defendants) financially accountable.
What Happens If a UPS Truck Crashes?
Data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that nearly 1.5 million drivers deliver packages to consumers each day in America. The number of drivers has grown significantly since the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic began in early 2020 due to increasing online sales.
UPS will investigate the crash to determine whose negligence led to the accident. The police report may show that the UPS driver or another motorist failed to comply with traffic laws or was driving distracted.
The UPS driver's negligent behavior causing an accident might not lead to their dismissal. However, the delivery company might look for other ways to avoid compensating the victim by claiming that the crash happened when the UPS driver was off the clock or driving the vehicle outside their scheduled work hours.
Should I Hire an Attorney to Handle My UPS Accident Claim?
A personal injury attorney with experience in handling these types of accident cases can investigate the case to determine contributing factors to help prove the case. These contributing factors might include a UPS delivery driver violation, reckless behavior, or failing to follow company policies.
An attorney working on your behalf can identify the extent of your injuries and property damage and build the case based on the limit of UPS insurance policies. Your lawyer can hold the UPS driver accountable for their actions to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Legal Options For Individuals Injured In A Collision With A United Parcel Service Vehicle
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC offers no-obligation legal consultations to victims of a UPS truck accident in the Chicago area. The law firm reviews the merits of the claim and specific details before recommending the best course of action to pursue a compensation claim against UPS and any third party that is legally liable.
Were you injured or did you lose a loved one in an accident involving a UPS driver? Did the accident occur on the freeway, side street, or your neighborhood? You are entitled to receive financial compensation through the truck company's insurance company through a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact the truck accident attorney today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our accident lawyers represent clients injured in crashes involving motor vehicles, commercial motor carriers, buses, tow trucks, and motorcycles.
Our Illinois truck accident lawyers offer constant care and aggressive effort to ensure your maximum recovery. All evidence and contact information you share with our law firm remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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