The United Parcel Services (UPS) delivers packages throughout the United States, including in Johns Creek. UPS has many full-time drivers trained to transport containers safely. However, sometimes a driver or the company is negligent—and it leads to an accident.
If you were hurt in an accident with a UPS truck, contact a lawyer. You might need help bringing a legal case to recover your damages. Taking on a large company is challenging, but John Foy & Associates knows how to help.
Our Johns Creek UPS truck accident team has over 20 years of experience. We know what it takes to build strong cases, and we don’t collect a fee unless we win your case. To get started with a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Types of UPS Trucks and Vehicles
UPS uses several vehicle types to transport and deliver packages, such as:
- Box trucks
- Cargo vans
- Delivery vans
- Package cars
While many delivery services use contractors, UPS drivers are full employees. They might work part-time, full-time, or seasonal roles.
If an employee causes injuries while on the job, the employer is usually liable. If you were injured because of a UPS driver’s actions, you might have a claim against the company.
UPS Commercial Truck Accident Claims
Commercial vehicle accidents are more complicated than passenger vehicle collisions. With a passenger vehicle accident, one driver is usually completely at fault. But UPS is typically at fault for a driver’s accident.
A UPS truck driver might injure you as another driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian. There are many ways a driver could be at fault. If you were injured, it’s best to contact a lawyer who can help you build the right type of claim.
UPS trucks often contain “black box” data that helps show the driver’s activity. A lawyer can help you obtain this information and other evidence to back up your claim.
Filing a Claim Against UPS After an Accident
UPS is an enormous company with lots of resources. If a driver caused your accident, you have options—but you’ll also need help.
Companies like UPS carry a lot of liability insurance in case of on the job accidents. The first step is usually to file an insurance claim against the company, but it’s not easy. The insurance company will fight to protect any money they might pay you.
A Johns Creek UPS truck accident lawyer can help build your claim by:
- Gathering evidence from the accident scene
- Documenting and calculating your damages
- Compiling black box data and other information
- Handling the insurance companies for you
- Preparing your case for trial, if necessary
Large companies don’t like lawsuits. They and their insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid a court case. Unfortunately, that often means offering the victim a very low settlement.
Insurance companies know that most people have never had to deal with a claim against UPS. They will usually make a lowball settlement offer, hoping the victim accepts it out of desperation. But the first settlement offer is never enough to cover your damages.
Having a lawyer levels the playing field. Your lawyer can communicate and negotiate with the insurer for you. They can also help you file a lawsuit if the insurance company won’t offer a fair settlement. (However, most accident claims end in a settlement without the need for a trial.)
UPS Driver Training Standards
UPS is one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Before someone becomes a UPS driver, they go through a training school called Integrad. During this “boot camp” course, people take online courses before learning safe delivery techniques.
UPS drivers learn safe loading and driving practices in this course. They must pass the course with 85% or more before they can become a full-time driver.
With these intense training methods, drivers should know how to safely make deliveries in UPS trucks. However, mistakes can still happen. If a driver causes an accident, they are responsible for the costs.
What to Do After a UPS Truck Accident
After a UPS accident, you’ll need to gather evidence of what happened. Here are some ways that you can do that.
Document the Scene
Someone should always report the accident to the police. If the UPS driver doesn’t want to call the police, make sure you or someone else does. Police should create an accident report on what happened. You’ll need a copy of this report for your records.
Use your phone or a camera to take pictures of:
- Your injuries
- Any vehicle damage
- The entire accident scene
Note anything important about the accident scene. Also, if you or a passenger needs emergency medical attention, call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.
Save Proof of Your Damages
Keep track of all losses from your accident like:
- Medical bills
- Medication costs
- Vehicle repair expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
UPS trucks are much bigger than the average vehicle. When a collision happens, the damages tend to be severe. But if you were not at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay a cent.
Documenting your damages will help when you file an injury claim. Although you didn’t cause the accident, the burden is on you to prove what happened. Thankfully, this is where a UPS truck driver can help.
Be Careful What You Say
UPS and their insurance company will look for ways to pay you less. After the accident, avoid discussing the crash with anyone but your lawyer. With a lawyer on your side, you can avoid saying anything the insurer might use against you.
Talk to a Johns Creek UPS Truck Accident Lawyer Today
An accident can leave you with costly medical bills, lost income, and much more. If you were injured, call John Foy & Associates to make sure your rights are protected. We are not afraid to stand up to the insurance companies and fight for what you deserve.
We will not collect a fee unless we win you compensation. Plus, the consultation is 100% free. To get started with a free case review today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.