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Legal recourse after truck accidents involving UPS drivers

Commercial vehicle accidents, particularly those involving UPS drivers, can have serious repercussions.

These accidents often occur under circumstances that may complicate the pursuit of fair compensation. Understanding the risks and the process of seeking damages is important for anyone involved in such an incident.

Risks of UPS truck accidents

UPS trucks are larger and bulkier than many other vehicles on the road, which inherently increases the risk of accidents. In 2021, of the 494,000 police-reported accidents involving large trucks, 22% involved injuries. That same year, large truck accidents contributed to over 5,000 fatalities.

The size of these vehicles can reduce the driver’s visibility, making it difficult to notice smaller cars, pedestrians or obstacles. Furthermore, UPS drivers also often have tight delivery schedules. This can lead them to speed or drive unsafely. They may make sudden lane changes or ignore traffic signs.

Legal recourse after an accident

If you suffer an injury or any loss due to an accident with a UPS truck, you can pursue compensation for damages. This process requires you to demonstrate that the UPS driver was at fault due to negligence or disregard for safety norms. Establishing fault is necessary and can involve collecting evidence from the accident scene, such as photos, witness statements and police reports.

Once you establish negligence, you can claim various types of damages. These include compensation for medical bills, lost wages due to inability to work and emotional distress. The extent of these damages reflects the severity of the injuries and the impact on the victim’s quality of life.

Challenges with insurance claims

UPS has a comprehensive insurance policy to handle claims arising from accidents involving their vehicles. However, navigating these claims can be daunting, as the company’s insurance representatives aim to minimize payouts. It is often beneficial to seek legal representation. A skilled attorney can help you prepare thoroughly by gathering all necessary documentation related to the accident and the expenses. This preparation helps in negotiating with the insurance company to secure adequate compensation.

Accidents involving UPS vehicles require a careful approach to ensure that the victims get fair compensation.

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