Collided with a UPS Truck? Call a Truck Accident Lawyer Today.
The United Parcel Service, or UPS, a delivers packages and letters quickly across the country. This is an important service with great benefits. Unfortunately, the pressure to deliver on time can lead many UPS drivers to speed and disobey traffic rules, causing accidents.
If you or a loved one were injured in a UPS truck accident, or if a family member was killed, contact an experienced UPS truck accident lawyer at Munley Law at (570) 399-0406 or via our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible. We are happy to discuss the circumstances of your injuries, help you understand your legal options, and provide a free case evaluation.
Types of UPS Truck Accidents
There most common kinds of UPS truck accidents are:
- Blindspot collisions. Every vehicle has blind spots that prevent the driver from seeing other vehicles as they pass. UPS vehicles have a larger blind spot than a typical passenger vehicle. This can lead to accidents when the UPS driver changes lanes.
- Trailer sway. Many UPS trucks are tractor-trailers. These large semi-trucks are prone to trailer sway, which happens when the large trailer sways into the lane of another vehicle.
- Cargo shift. Cargo in a UPS truck must be balanced and distributed evenly to prevent cargo shift. The truck must be inspected by the company and the driver to make sure it is balanced and not overloaded. When cargo shifts, it can cause a truck crash.
Causes of a UPS Truck Accident
Similar to other types of car accidents, delivery truck crashes can be caused by driver mistakes or other factors. Drivers of UPS delivery trucks are trained on how to operate their vehicles. Still, they can make errors. Some of these errors may be negligence or reckless driving. Negligent driving includes things like distracted driving, speeding, and not obeying traffic laws.
Some of the most common actions that contribute to UPS delivery truck accidents include:
· Improper or poor maintenance of commercial vehicles
· Equipment failures, such as worn brakes or parking brake
· Not conducting safety checks
· Bad weather conditions
· Improper loading of cargo
· Failure to engage the parking brake when making a delivery
· Drivers backing up on the road when they pass a delivery address and need to backtrack
· Not obeying traffic laws
· Failure of a UPS truck driver to yield when pulling into traffic, especially out of driveways
· Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If a UPS truck driver causes an accident that injures you, you may be worried that you cannot provide for your family while you recover, especially if you cannot work. It may be hard for you to pay for the medical bills you have because of your injuries. You may also need a new car if yours was destroyed in the accident.
The UPS truck accident lawyers of Munley Law can help. Call us today at (570) 399-0406 for a free case consultation.
Negligence for Not Maintaining UPS Trucks
Like all companies, UPS must maintain its UPS trucks so they are safe. Since UPS trucks have a higher average weight than most passenger vehicles, an accident with a UPS truck can be very serious. It can cause life-threatening injuries that require immediate medical attention at the accident scene. It can also cause a total loss of your car. If an accident occurred because of a faulty UPS vehicle, the UPS company is responsible to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Trucking companies can be liable for your financial recovery if the accident happened because of faulty delivery vehicles. A truck manufacturer can also be responsible for your injuries if the delivery truck was negligently manufactured. An experienced UPS truck accident attorney can help determine liability.
How Do I Know If the UPS Driver Was At-Fault?
UPS has safety rules and UPS driver requirements in place to avoid accidents. Still, UPS drivers can cause a car accident and be at fault. In order to be at fault, UPS accidents must have happened because of negligent or reckless action taken by UPS drivers. There are many ways that a driver can be negligent or reckless, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving, or falling asleep at the wheel
- Violating traffic rules, such as speeding or running a red light or stop sign
- Aggressive driving
- Being behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Proving negligence or recklessness is necessary in order to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
A UPS Truck Accident Lawyer Can Prove Who Was At-Fault
A UPS truck accident lawsuit is complicated. There are numerous people and companies that could be responsible. In a car accident involving a UPS truck, it can be difficult to prove who caused the accident. It can also be complicated to know which insurance company to seek compensation from for your financial losses, severe injuries, lost wages, medical bills, and property damage.
Even when it is clear who is at fault – for example, if it is clear the truck driver caused the accident – it can be challenging to show who is responsible to pay accident victims for their personal injuries.
When you file your personal injury claim against UPS, their insurance company may deny your claim. They may say that you are not able to recover compensation from them.
An experienced personal injury lawyer at Munley Law can help you receive the compensation you deserve to cover your losses caused by an accident with a UPS vehicle. In the personal injury lawsuits we handle for our clients, we investigate the accident, gather evidence, build a case to prove who is at fault, and show who is financially responsible.
Contact a Munley Law UPS truck accident lawyer for a free consultation to learn how we can help you recover from a UPS accident.
The UPS Truck Accidents Lawyers at Munley Law Can Help
Our truck accident attorneys are skilled at representing victims of UPS accidents. We successfully negotiate settlements for our clients and can sue UPS. We work tirelessly to ensure our client receives fair compensation for any serious injury and other losses.
Our law firm has a proven track record of focusing on what is best for our clients with our legal advice. We have over 60 years of experience obtaining the maximum compensation possible for victims of accidents caused by truck drivers. Our experience means we fight aggressively and effectively for you, both in settlement and in litigation. We have repeatedly been named among the top trial lawyers in Pennsylvania and have been named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
Sometimes a settlement without courtroom litigation is the best result for a client. But not always. Some lawyers who practice personal injury law are not confident in the courtroom. They might pressure clients to settle out of court. Not the UPS accident lawyers of Munley Law. Our board-certified trial lawyers are prepared to go to trial. The personal injury attorneys at our law firm have extensive experience in the courtroom and have gotten significant trial victories for our clients.
FAQs About UPS Accidents and Lawsuits
1. What should I do if I was injured in a UPS truck accident?
If you were involved in a UPS truck accident, file a police report and speak with law enforcement at the accident scene or as soon as possible. Next, contact a personal injury attorney.
You do not have to speak to UPS, the truck driver, or their insurers about the accident or your injuries. It is better to speak to a lawyer before you talk with them. Insurance companies often try to obtain information from victims in a UPS truck accident case to reduce any amount they must pay. They can also try to get you to admit the accident was your fault. This is why it is best to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney first. Your lawyer will speak to UPS and their insurance company.
2. How long do accident victims have to file a UPS truck accident case?
The statute of limitations to sue UPS in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you have only two years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not start your lawsuit in court within two years, you will not be able to receive compensation from the at-fault parties. Because of this short timeframe, it is important for you to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
3. Do I need a lawyer to sue UPS?
Yes, almost always, especially if your medical bills are high or you have serious injuries. Because of the two-year window for filing a UPS accident lawsuit, it is very important to discuss the accident with UPS truck accident attorneys as soon as possible.
In order to receive compensation, you must prove the negligence or recklessness of the truck drivers or the company. An experienced and skilled personal injury lawyer familiar with accidents caused by delivery trucks can help you.
You must also show that the at-fault party or the insurance company is required to pay for your losses under the circumstances of the accident. The experienced lawyers at our law firm can help, starting with their free case consultation.
The legal team in our law firm will guide you through the legal process when you are a victim of an accident involving UPS. We collect evidence and handle discussions with witnesses, other attorneys, and insurers. Most importantly, we fight for your rights so you can receive fair compensation.
4. Who can file claims for UPS truck accidents?
Injured parties can file claims against trucking companies, their drivers, or their insurers. Injured parties include:
- drivers in other vehicles,
- motorcyclists, and
You may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one was killed in a crash with a commercial vehicle.
5. How much does it cost to establish an attorney-client relationship and hire a law firm?
The UPS truck accident attorneys at Munley Law provide a free consultation to review your case, keeping your confidential or sensitive information private. We determine fault, negotiate with insurers, file a lawsuit, and represent you in court, without any upfront cost to you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that when our law firm accepts your case and establishes an attorney-client relationship, we don’t get paid until you receive compensation.
6. What compensation can I get in a UPS accident lawsuit?
You may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Damage to your vehicle and replacement costs
- Medical rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future lost wages
- Other expenses and costs
The amount of compensation is different for every accident involving UPS vehicles. A truck accident attorney can provide you with an estimate of the compensation you deserve after a financial analysis and investigation to answer these questions as well as others:
- What or who caused the accident?
- How severe and long-lasting are your injuries?
- Will you be able to return to work?
- How much insurance coverage is available?
Call for your free initial consultation today.
If you or a loved one were injured in a UPS accident, call our legal team today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced UPS accident attorney. The attorneys in our law firm can explain your rights. After conducting a free case review, we can help you understand what compensation you might be able to receive. Because obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses can be complicated, we are here to help you.
Call (570) 399-0406 or contact Munley Law today for a free consultation, with no obligations, to discuss the circumstances of your accident and your legal options.