UPS Truck Accident Lawyer
The United Parcel Service (UPS) operates nationwide, delivering packages and documents in their familiar brown UPS trucks to millions of customers every day. While most deliveries are completed without incident, some result in devastating accidents that leave victims with expensive medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Liability and insurance considerations in these cases can be more complex than imagined. UPS drivers are employees and any damages they cause during their duties is ultimately carried by the UPS company. Since the damages and insurance limits in UPS accidents are usually high, victims often get paid a settlement in the hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. In other words, the stakes are high.
At Lalezary Law Firm, our award-winning attorneys represent personal injury and wrongful death victims of UPS accidents in California. If your accident happened due to the negligence of a UPS driver or the company itself, it is highly advised that you consult with us to learn more about your legal options for recovery. We provide our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.
UPS Truck Safety Rules and Regulations
Every year, UPS drivers travel millions of miles, so it’s not surprising that accidents occur. What sets UPS accidents apart from regular car accidents is the massive size and weight of the average delivery vehicle: a typical UPS delivery truck weighs between 16,000 and 24,000 pounds. This equates to a lot of force being transferred in a collision, which explains the often-devastating outcomes of such incidents.
In response to the dangers presented by trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) passed rules and regulations for maintaining the safety standards of large tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles traveling across the nation and in local Los Angeles area neighborhoods. These regulations include:
- Driver training requirements
- Truck repair and maintenance requirements
- Mandatory driver records for hours of service
- Drug and alcohol prevention programs for drivers
These rules and regulations have certainly prevented countless accidents from happening since their implementation, saving countless lives, but unfortunately many still suffer serious injuries or death in UPS accidents.
Causes of UPS Truck Accidents
In large, vehicle-centric cities like Los Angeles, accident occurrence rates are higher than the national average for all types of vehicles, including UPS delivery trucks, due to the exceptional level of traffic. Add onto that the pressure UPS drivers face daily to deliver packages to recipients as fast as possible and it’s far from shocking to see why UPS accidents occur.
In most cases, fault can be attributed to negligent behavior on part of the UPS delivery truck driver, such as:
- Reversing their vehicle carelessly after passing their destination
- Making fast left turns or braking suddenly
- Failing to yield when merging back into traffic after completing a delivery
Not all UPS truck accidents are caused by negligence on the road, some can be attributed to negligence that takes even prior to the moment a driver starts up a vehicle. For instance, lack of inspection and maintenance can lead to a disastrous breakdown on the road. It is the job of UPS accident attorneys to examine the details of a case to determine how the accident occurred as well as who is at fault.
Here at Lalezary Law Firm, our legal team has decades of combined experience in personal injury law and thus know how to handle complex truck accident cases. We have a proven track record of success in maximizing settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Since starting our firm in 2014, we’ve already obtained tens of millions of dollars in case winnings.
To learn more about the legal services we provide, give us a call or submit an online contact form. A member of our friendly, professional intake team will gather information about the case and get you connected to an attorney right away. We are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.