What Causes UPS Truck Accidents?
UPS truck accidents are often caused by preventable human errors. When the negligence of a UPS driver is involved, it can take the form of:
- Impaired and distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making sudden, abrupt stops or backing up in traffic
- Changing lanes or making turns without checking blind spots
- Parking illegally to make a delivery
- And more
This is not the only type of negligence that may contribute to UPS truck accidents. Other forms can include the negligence of:
- UPS and/or other trucking companies
- Other drivers on the road
- Parties responsible for building and maintaining safe roads
- Vehicle equipment manufacturers
- And others
How Do I Know If a UPS Truck Driver Caused My Accident?
Figuring out whether a UPS driver is at least partly at fault for your crash requires a thorough review of the evidence, like (but not limited to):
- The police report
- The damaged vehicles and crash debris
- Accident scene photos and/or videos
- Information from witnesses
- Training and driving records for the UPS driver
- Chemical test results
- Cellphone records
Some signs that a UPS driver may have been partly to blame for your accident can include the driver:
- Being issued a citation from police after the accident
- Being placed under arrest after the crash
- Smelling of alcohol or behaving erratically after the wreck
- Directly admitting fault or apologizing after the accident
What Should I Do After a UPS Truck Accident?
To protect yourself, your rights, and a potential accident claim, here are the most important steps to take after a UPS truck crash:
- Get to a safe spot, out of the way of traffic, and check for injuries.
- Call 911 or a nonemergency police number to report the accident. Click here for the Houston Police Department phone directory and patrol station locations.
- Seek medical care at the scene if you’ve been seriously injured.
- Collect name(s), contact information, and vehicle/insurance information from the involved driver(s).
- Take pictures of the accident scene, the injuries, and the damage.
- Collect the name(s) and contact information of any witness(es), when possible.
- Report only the facts of the crash to the police (at the scene) and your insurance company (after the fact).
- Never guess about the facts of the crash. Only report the facts that you are 100% sure about. Never admit fault, accept blame, or apologize.
- Get follow-up medical care, and keep everything you have (or have received) related to the crash.
- Contact our Houston UPS accident lawyers to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Of course, you may not be able to take all of these steps after a UPS truck accident if you’ve been badly injured. In these cases, the two priorities should be getting medical care and meeting with our experienced lawyers. These two steps can be the key to your physical, psychological, and financial recovery.
How Long Do UPS Truck Accident Cases Take?
The details and complexity of a particular case will impact how long it takes to resolve that case. In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the specifics of your crash—including its causes and who the at-fault parties are—will affect the duration of your case.
Other factors that affect how long it takes to resolve UPS accident cases can include (and may not be limited to) whether:
- There are any disputes about who is liable for your crash.
- Adequate settlement offers are made before a case goes to court.
- The victim wants to see his or her day in court.
How Much Are Settlements for UPS Accident Lawsuits?
Just like the length of UPS accident lawsuits, compensation for these cases depends on the specifics of a particular case. Generally, factors that impact the value of these cases can include (and are not necessarily limited to):
- The injuries: With more severe and debilitating injuries, victims can face higher medical bills and more missed time from work. They can also endure more pain and suffering. Consequently, cases associated with more serious injuries typically see higher financial recoveries.
- The nature of the negligence involved: When the negligence is part of a pattern of reckless behavior—or when it’s especially heinous in nature, punitive damages may be available. When they are, they are meant to punish the negligent party, and victims may secure higher recoveries.
Our UPS truck accident attorneys are ready to explain more about the value of your potential case and how we can help you moving forward.