UPS Accident Injury Lawyer
Any car accident can cause you severe injuries and a potential financial crisis.
Both of these concerns are much greater if you are hit by a UPS truck.
UPS drivers have to make a lot of deliveries during their shift, and that type of daily pressure can cause drivers to be in a hurry and be negligent.
Sadly, UPS drivers will do all they can to ensure they get their packages delivered so they don’t lose their job, and that attitude can result in unsafe driving habits.
Just like Postmates drivers (or any delivery drivers) tend to be in a hurry, UPS drivers know they have to deliver their packages on time, so drivers can sometimes break traffic laws in order to meet their quota.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a UPS truck accident here in California, then we encourage you to call The Law Offices of Daniel Kim for a free consultation.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim?
Getting hit by a car is never a good situation, especially when there are injuries and your car gets totaled. Things are only made worse when you get hit by a larger vehicle like a UPS truck (or van, or tractor-trailer that can be 50 feet long).
If you are injured in a UPS truck accident then your best bet is to call us for help and get answers to your questions.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have years and years of experience representing clients that have been involved in commercial trucking accidents (UPS, FedEx, etc.). Large insurance companies love to settle a claim quickly, or if they can they will even deny a claim outright, but Daniel Kim will fight for you.
Daniel Kim is very aggressive, and he won’t be intimidated by the insurance companies or the games they play to avoid dealing with an injury claim.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim will make sure that you get maximum compensation for your damages and that you are happy with the settlement we negotiate on your behalf. Some things to know about our law firm:
- We will help you get proper medical treatment
- You can contact us 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
- We have over 1,000 positive reviews on Google and Yelp
- We have a 99% success rate
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has regulations that UPS trucks and drivers need to follow. These laws create mandatory requirements to ensure the safe operation of commercial trucks and include things like:
- Specific driver training requirements
- Drug & alcohol prevention programs for all drivers
- Repair and maintenance requirements for trucks
- A mandatory driver recording for hours worked
These systems are put in place to cut down on accidents, but UPS trucks and tractor-trailers still cause major accidents on the roads and highways here in California.
Common Causes for UPS Truck Accidents
Like any delivery truck, UPS drivers cause their fair share of auto accidents.
When you work as a UPS delivery driver you have a lot of pressure to deliver a certain number of packages per day (per hour, etc.), and sometimes this can cause a driver to make a poor decision.
Obviously, an accident involving a UPS truck can be pretty bad because of the sheer size of the UPS vehicles themselves. No two accidents are the same, but we do see a lot of similar situations that lead up to a crash.
Below is a list of common causes for UPS accidents:
- Speeding – trying to get all their packages delivered
- Stop signs – running a stop sign or not stopping completely in residential areas
- Backing up the truck – after missing the desired drop off address
- Making quick left turns – very dangerous in a larger vehicle
- Red lights – intersection accidents are very common
- Vehicle malfunction – bad brakes or tires, faulty equipment
Common Injuries From UPS Truck Accidents
If you get hit by a UPS truck or van you can expect the accident to be bad. UPS trucks are large vehicles with the cargo area being 24 to 28 feet in length, while the trailers are usually 45, 48, or 53 feet in length.
In addition, the average weight of a loaded UPS truck is about 19,000 pounds, which is much larger than any truck or car you are driving around town.
Vehicles this big offer a real threat to any citizen in California who drives a Nissan or Toyota, but is forced to share the roads and freeways with UPS drivers.
There are instances where a client was hit by a UPS truck but only suffered minor injuries, although this is very uncommon. Below is a list of injuries we typically see from a UPS truck accident:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head injury or TBI
- Neck and back injuries
- Spine injury
How Much Is MY UPS Truck Accident Settlement Worth?
UPS will normally like to settle an accident injury claim as quickly as possible and hope the news channels never find out about it.
Our main goal is to help you recover from your injuries and get your health back to normal, but we also know that you need to get compensated for the injuries you suffered.
Each UPS accident is going to be unique with different injuries involved, and each injury settlement will take a different amount of time to settle. Some minor UPS accidents might only offer a small settlement of $20,000, but a larger accident involving a UPS truck could settle for $1 million.
Contact Daniel Kim today so he can answer all your questions. When you have to deal with UPS and their insurance company, you’ll want to have an experienced UPS accident attorney like Daniel Kim on your side.
UPS can be liable for any or all of the damages listed below:
- Lost wages – any hours you missed from work due to your injuries and medical treatments
- Trauma bills – this includes the initial hospital and ambulance costs
- Medical treatments – medical care you need to “make you whole or normal again”
- Disability – applies to long-term or permanent loss of function that makes it impossible for you to regain your normal way of life
- Pain and suffering – relative to what you have had to endure
- Decreased earning capacity – if you can’t work the same job, or the same number of hours, or even stay in the same career field
Can I Sue UPS?
If you have been injured by a UPS vehicle then you might be able to sue the company for damages. Claims made against a commercial trucking company like UPS (or FedEx) are very similar to claims against the driver of a normal personal vehicle.
Dealing with a lawsuit against a commercial company like UPS (or UberEats, Postmates, etc.) can be tricky because one person owns the vehicle, another person is hired to drive the truck.
UPS does own their trucks and employs their own drivers, but it doesn’t mean they will just willingly take responsibility for their driver’s actions. If a UPS driver is making deliveries and hits and then injures somebody, there is a good chance that the UPS company will be held liable.
Other factors come into play like did UPS properly hire and train the driver?
This whole type of situation can get complicated very quickly, so our best advice is to contact an experienced accident attorney like Daniel Kim for help.
Each accident scenario is different and depending on the details of the actual accident itself it is hard to give a generic answer about suing UPS.
If for example, a UPS driver was at fault for hitting a bicyclist, that is a much different matter than compared to an accident where mechanical issues with a truck caused it to crash.
Do you sue UPS, or the mechanic, the driver, or do you need to sue the truck manufacturer or maybe a combination of these parties?
UPS Truck Accident Statistics
Some accounts of accident statistics for UPS may vary, but we found the following data below.
In a 24 month period before December 3, 2017, UPS drivers were reported to have been involved in:
- 2003 accidents
- 689 accidents that involved injuries
- And 49 deaths
Since 2012 studies show that the number of crashes has increased by 38%, the number of injuries has increased by 27%, and the number of fatalities has increased by 25%.
These numbers are staggering when you think about how big of a company UPS is.
UPS Company Information
United Parcel Service is headquartered in Atlanta Georgia. UPS is famous for its brown trucks (and planes) that deliver packages all over the world.
In the USA alone, UPS employs about 399,000 drivers, clerks, and package handlers, that help get your packages to their destination on time and in one piece.
UPS is known to deliver almost 20 million packages per day across the world. They have about 123,000 package vans, cars, tractors, and trucks that ensure your packages get delivered on time every day.