For many years the delivery of goods was relegated mainly to just the postal service, but in the early 1900s the United States Parcel service changed how citizens could get goods delivered. Each day millions of packages are mailed and delivered throughout the United States which means thousands of UPS trucks are out on the road.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 115,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported. The large height and weight of UPS trucks can make them just as much of a hazard as other large trucks especially to motorcyclists and pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a UPS carrier, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our knowledgeable attorneys can provide comprehensive legal counsel for those who have been injured due to the negligence of other parties.
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Causes of UPS Accidents
As with all jobs with deadlines, UPS workers sometimes must meet their own deadlines which could lead to speeding in an effort to get to their delivery destination on time. Oftentimes drivers may face pressure from their superiors or those expecting the package to deliver their packages immediately which can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
Other common causes of UPS accident include:
- Driver Fatigue
- Poor Truck Maintenance
- Cargo Shifting
- Improperly Loaded Cargo
- Sudden Braking
- Failure to Yield
- Failure to Check Blind Spots Properly
- Poor Driving Training
UPS trucks are often used for many years and although routine maintenance is often performed on the trucks mechanical failures could occur.
Motorists should also note that large trucks and some minivans are commonly used for package delivery, but larger cargo semi-trailers may also be part of a UPS fleet. Drivers should take the same precautions driving around these UPS trucks as they would around other 18-wheelers.
Under the U.S Department of Transportations Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) all drivers must be properly licensed to drive any type of motor carrier, including UPS trucks. The FMCSA sets forth many types of rules and regulations for drivers and carriers to follow including:
- Proper licensing
- Carrying and Updating Necessary Paperwork
- Truck Maintenance Requirements
- Drug & Alcohol Program Requirements
...and many more rules and regulations. Along with the FMCSP regulations most UPS drivers must also complete a defensive driving program and know how to handle an accident if they are involved in one.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a UPS truck, do not sign off on any paperwork you do not understand nor speak to other insurance parties. Many times the companys insurance adjusters and other personnel will try to coerce victims into downplaying their injuries or damage. You deserve justice and at Greg Coleman Law were dedicated to helping the injured.
Contact our Knoxville Truck Accident Lawyers
We understand how confusing it can be to deal with a truck accident when you have to deal with a companys insurance rather than an individuals. If you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance on a UPS truck accident caused by a negligent driver, Greg Coleman Law is ready to hear more about your accident.
Our experience team of attorneys have more than 40 years of combined legal experience, including handling truck accident claims. Our main office is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and we also proudly serve the following areas:
- Park City
- Lincoln Park
- Forest Heights
- Wood Haven
and further surrounding neighborhoods. We are pleased to provide contingency based work for our clients and your initial case consultation is free at no-obligation to you. Contact us at (865) 247-0080 or locally at 865-522-0049 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.
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