UPS Truck Accidents
UPS trucks are everywhere on the road in Seattle and Kirkland and Washington State. Founded in Seattle in 1907, UPS is now headquartered in Atlanta, GA. In 2017, the company had 66 billion dollars in gross revenue and employed 454,000 people globally, including 374,000 in the United Sates. UPS delivered 5.1 billion packages and documents during that time and 20 million packages and documents.
As you might imagine, in order to employ these people and deliver these packages, there has to be a large number of trucks on the road. The average weight of a UPS truck is about 19,500 pounds. If the truck is loaded with packages and parcels, this could mean the truck weighs even more. If a UPS truck collides with a normal size vehicle, the damage can be enormous, even deadly.Washington State UPS Truck Laws
UPS trucks are considered commercial vehicles, which means they have large insurance policies from national insurance companies that insure them, or they are self-insured through UPS. Being a commercial vehicle, this means that there is government regulation involved, much greater than that of ordinary vehicles on the road. The government imposes stricter regulations on commercial vehicles. UPS vehicles, unlike some commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, UPS delivery trucks are allowed to enter neighborhoods and residential streets to drop off their packages. This creates a greater hazard for those people on the road who have to come into contact with the UPS truck.
In 2018, UPS’ truck fleet had 1% fewer accidents than they did the year before. UPS currently has 119,000 in operation. Thus, there were 8.95 accidents per 100,000 hours of driving. UPS’ stated goal is to have 8.75 accidents per 100,000 hours of driving. In 2018, UPS spent 209 million dollars for safety training. More than 60% of UPS’ trucks are loaded with collision mitigation systems. Despite this, accidents do occur with UPS trucks, either because of driver error or because of an error UPS made in how they maintained their vehicles.
Typically, there are two specific reasons when there is an accident with a UPS truck that is not your fault. It is either the driver’s fault or UPS’s fault. On some rare occasions, there can be a combination of both, meaning the driver committed a negligent error and UPS was negligent in how they maintained their trucks.
Common reasons for UPS truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driver inattention
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State who is operating a UPS truck, they need to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. This kind of license requires some effort on the applicant. A driver must pass a background check and pass several fitness tests as well. In addition, responsible companies should also have internal background and fitness checks with which they screen their applicants. However, as you can imagine, companies do not always do their due diligence in hiring a trucker for their company.
While the majority of UPS truck accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when UPS should be blamed for the accident.
Below are common reasons for UPS being at fault for the accident:
- Tire blowouts
- Brake problems
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Failing to properly screen or vet drivers
- Cargo that was not properly secured
- A truck that was not properly marked for being on the road at night.
Sometimes UPS fails to properly maintain their trucks and they put their drivers in UPS trucks that are not safe, for a variety of reasons, ranging from brakes that are aging and faulty, tires that are bald and need replacing, and vehicles that are not properly marked for nighttime driving, which can make the truck hard to see. If this is the case, the company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, the insurance company for the UPS will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful UPS has been in properly and safely maintaining their truck, or when they fail to show that there have been other, similar accidents involving their trucks over the years.Common UPS Truck Accident Injuries
You likely have very grave and life-altering injuries if you have been struck by a UPS truck. UPS trucks are vehicles much larger than normal vehicles, and they can cause significant damage to other cars and occupants on the road.
The most common injuries associated with tow truck injuries are:
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Knee injuries
If you have suffered any of these injuries, the likelihood is not good that these injuries will resolve on their own. In most instances, you will have to see a medical professional to help you recover. Aside from primary care doctors, the most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with trucks are osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists.
Any of these healthcare providers can render quality care to you and they likely know the appropriate specialist who can treat you if you have been injured by a truck.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured by a UPS truck, then your life may have been permanently altered, or at least temporarily so. You are likely facing phone calls from insurance companies, medical appointments, you may be losing money from work since you are unable to work, and many phone calls from insurance companies. If this is the case, why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover:
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for lost wages
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you with all of these things. In addition, we can stand between you and the insurance company for UPS. While it is not common, there are also instances when UPS’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident. If this unfortunate and untrue allegation is brought against you, then you need an attorney who can help you.
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you by sending subpoenas for any video footage that may have captured the accident, interviewing witnesses and bystanders, and speaking to the police, assuming an investigation was done.
If, through the discovery process of litigation, it can be proven that the UPS truck was not properly maintained, then the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to investigate the company internally and find out if the company was failing to properly maintain their vehicle, such as not checking and fixing their brakes, making sure the tires are properly maintained and inflated, and making sure the vehicle is safe to be on the road.
If you have questions about your truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.