What Happens When a UPS Truck is in an Accident?

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    People send and receive packages all the time, and companies like UPS have trucks on the road every day. If you are in an accident with a UPS truck, call for help and contact a lawyer.

    After an accident with a UPS truck, your attorney can help you investigate the accident. Law enforcement will likely do much of the heavy lifting, but we can look for evidence, too. UPS is a large company, and we must be on our guard. They might try to minimize your injuries and avoid paying fair compensation with the help of their own legal teams. Our attorneys can help you sue for damages. The delivery driver, UPS, and possibly other parties might be implicated. UPS has insurance that might cover your accident, and we can help you get the money you need to cover your costs. If they try to lowball you, do not give in. Do not settle. Get the fair compensation you rightly deserve.

    Give our UPS truck accident lawyers a call at (215) 709-6940 and get a free review of your case from the team at The Reiff Law Firm.

    Investigating an Accident with a UPS Truck

    Accidents with vehicles as large as UPS trucks might be pretty bad. Injuries and damages are likely substantial. You should call for help immediately. Not only do you need emergency medical attention, but law enforcement must be dispatched to the scene so they can begin an investigation. The results of their investigation might be of the utmost importance to your subsequent lawsuit.

    The police often investigate vehicle accidents and are more likely to take their time and be thorough when accidents are severe. Once injured drivers have been attended to, the police will likely speak to witnesses. If anyone stopped to help or remained at the scene after the crash, the police will take their statements. We might need these people later to testify as witnesses.

    People often take photos of accidents to send to insurance companies. If possible, you should try to take some photos. Photograph everything you can because you never know what might be important later. If you cannot take photos, the police might photograph the scene.

    As part of the investigation, we might also discover videos from nearby cameras. The police can easily obtain traffic cameras operated by the authorities as part of their investigation. There might also be footage from privately owned cameras from nearby homes or businesses.

    We can often use all this information and evidence to scientifically recreate how the accident occurred. Accident reconstruction experts are frequently utilized in serious accident cases, and their testimony can be incredibly powerful in a courtroom.

    As said before, you should also get immediate medical care. Not only is this necessary for your physical well-being, but accurate medical records might be used as evidence of injuries and damages in a lawsuit.

    Who Should Be Held Responsible for a UPS Truck Accident?

    After an investigation, our UPS truck accident lawyers can help you gather the evidence we need to initiate a lawsuit. Exactly who should be included in the case depends on the circumstances surrounding the crash. Drivers, the UPS company, and possibly other parties are often involved.

    Truck Drivers

    The UPS truck driver should be held accountable if they caused the accident. Considering how large and heavy these trucks are, any sort of driver negligence might lead to utter disaster. Because UPS drivers are making numerous deliveries, they are often working under very tight schedules. As a result, drivers sometimes drive dangerously fast and might cut corners when it comes to safety. We can use traffic camera footage and witness testimony to prove how the UPS driver caused the accident.

    UPS Company

    Whether or not we can sue the UPS company depends on the employment status of the truck driver. UPS employs some truck drivers as independent contractors and others as full-time employees. This is an important detail, as it might be harder to sue UPS if the truck driver was an independent contractor.

    Normally, injured plaintiffs may sue a larger company or business under the legal theory of respondeat superior. According to this theory, an employee may be held vicariously liable for injuries caused by employees who were acting negligently while performing their job duties. This rule only applies to employees, not independent contractors. If the driver is an independent contractor, UPS might be shielded from liability under this legal theory.

    However, there are other ways to hold UPS responsible. If the truck driver should not have been allowed behind the wheel in the first place, we might sue UPS under a theory of negligent entrustment. For example, suppose the truck driver was intoxicated during the crash. Next, suppose the UPS manager who hired the driver knew they had a history of DUIs after conducting a background check but hired them anyway. In that case, we can sue UPS for negligently entrusting the driver with their truck.

    Other Parties

    It is possible that other drivers, instead of or in addition to the UPS driver, played a part in the accident. You can include as many other drivers in your lawsuit as is necessary. For example, if another driver negligently cut off the UPS truck, causing both vehicles to crash into you, both may be held responsible in court.

    Alternatively, perhaps your accident was caused by defective vehicle parts. If this is the case, we can sue the manufacturer. Maybe the UPS truck’s brakes were defective, or another manufacturing defect caused the accident. An investigation should uncover this information so we can sue the manufacturer.

    Talk to Our UPS Truck Accident Attorneys About How to Get Fair Compensation

    Give our UPS truck accident lawyers a call at (215) 709-6940 and get a free review of your case from the team at The Reiff Law Firm.

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