The United Parcel Service (UPS) familiar brown trucks deliver tens of millions of packages to both homes and businesses every day. This means that residential and commercial areas alike welcome the recognizable vehicles weighing between 5 and 10 tons. Unfortunately, it also means that the rush to meet delivery deadlines can lead to serious accidents.
Most UPS deliveries are accident-free. However, when an accident does occur, it can result in injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. The resulting disability, pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost wages can be devastating for the victim and their family. If you have suffered severe injuries because of an accident, choosing an experienced UPS truck accident lawyer is the first step to getting back what you have lost.
California is a fault-based state which means a party is legally responsible for injuries that their negligence caused. This is a significant difference from no-fault states, where most injuries are paid by the injured party’s own personal injury protection insurance policy. However, since UPS drivers work for UPS, the company is usually liable for their negligent or reckless actions.
A defendant is only liable for the injuries that their mistakes caused. A Los Angeles truck accident lawyer will look at factors surrounding a UPS truck accident for evidence of the truck driver’s negligence. They will also look at anything that may shift responsibility to another entity, like a truck part manufacturer or maintenance company.
Some of the careless actions of drivers that could lead to UPS responsibility include:
Unfortunately, company policy can contribute to some of these dangerous actions. For example, tight delivery schedules may influence a driver to speed, leading to a delivery truck or UPS semi-truck accident. Lack of training can leave drivers unprepared for obstacles they will face on the road. Nailing down the factors that contributed to the accident is an integral part of proving the case.
If a crash with a Los Angeles UPS truck left you with serious injuries, it is essential to act quickly. You only have two years to file a lawsuit, and that may seem like a lot of time, but it can pass quickly as your attorney investigates the claim and lines up a team to support you.
For your physical well-being and to protect your rights, take these steps as soon as possible after the crash:
In the United States, for the 24 months ending in mid-2021, UPS reported more than 2700 crashes, with 58 involving fatalities and nearly 1,000 involving other injuries. UPS truck accident claims can involve:
An accident involving a UPS truck can leave an individual or family responsible for bills and lost income, as well as decreased quality of life. California law recognizes the right of personal injury victims to be compensated for the total value of their economic and non-economic losses.
This means you may be entitled to receive payment for:
All of your losses must be accounted for before resolving your case. An experienced Los Angeles attorney will make sure that your demand does not leave out any damages, ensuring you receive the compensation that you need to rebuild your life.
Every car accident is unique, but delivery truck accidents like UPS, FedEx, or Amazon can be catastrophic. Large corporations whose bottom line depends on quick delivery are more likely to put up a fight even when their liability is conclusive.
At Salamati Law, we offer tenacious yet compassionate service. Our team works hard to get the results you need. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a delivery truck accident in Southern California, call today to schedule a free consultation.