Everyone has seen trucks from the United Parcel Service (UPS) making deliveries throughout Roswell. UPS truck drivers must be extra careful when transporting packages to homes and businesses. But sometimes, a driver is negligent and causes an accident.
If you were injured because of a UPS driver, call a Roswell UPS truck accident lawyer. You might be entitled to money for your medical costs, lost income, and more. A lawyer can help you build a strong case to recover what you deserve.
John Foy & Associates can help. With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win cases. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get a free, no-risk consultation today. There is no fee unless we win your case.
Why UPS Truck Accidents Are Challenging
Delivery drivers are usually either:
- Employees, or
- Independent contractors
The driver’s work status determines your options after an accident. If the driver is a contractor, they could be personally at fault for the crash. However, an employed driver is usually more protected. The driver’s employer typically takes the fault for an accident on the job.
Unlike most delivery companies, UPS drivers are all employees. That means you can probably bring a case against UPS for a driver’s actions while working. This aligns with the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-2-2, which implies an employer is liable for torts committed by an employee.
Causes of a UPS Truck Accident
A UPS truck driver might cause an accident because of actions like:
- Running a red light
- Failure to yield
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving under the influence
- Driving while distracted
A UPS driver is not always directly at fault. Sometimes, another driver causes the accident, or vehicle defects lead to a crash. A vehicle might also crash if UPS failed to keep up with truck maintenance.
Every UPS truck accident is different. If you were injured in this type of accident, you’ll need to determine the cause. Thankfully, an experienced lawyer can help investigate and know the exact reason for your accident.
When you know why your accident occurred, you can start taking legal action. Usually, that’s an insurance claim or lawsuit against the guilty party.
Bringing a Case Against UPS for an Accident
Seeking compensation from UPS for an accident is complicated. You will need to gather evidence of the truck driver’s actions. For example, most commercial trucks have “black box” data that provides information about what the driver was doing before the crash.
Trucking companies must also follow certain federal rules and regulations. If UPS does not follow these rules, they can be found at fault for resulting injuries. With an experienced lawyer, you can show how UPS or the driver were at fault for the damages you have.
Handling the Insurance Companies
When you file an insurance claim, be wary of the insurance provider. Insurance companies do not like to pay much on injury claims. The company will look for ways to reduce your compensation. Common tactics include:
- Offering you a lowball settlement upfront
- Downplaying your injuries and damages
- Intimidating you into accepting less than you deserve
- Asking you to give a recorded statement
Insurance adjusters know what they’re doing. They understand that most accident victims have never had to deal with a situation like this before. Unfortunately, that often means insurers will try to take advantage of you after an accident.
A Roswell UPS truck accident lawyer can help. Having a lawyer on your side levels the playing field. You can focus on healing while your attorney deals with the insurer and protects your rights. To learn more, call us at (404) 400-4000 for a FREE consultation.
UPS Truck Accident Injuries
UPS trucks are much larger than other vehicles. Fully loaded, they can weigh a lot and become hazardous. When an accident happens, the injuries tend to be severe.
Common injuries from a crash with a UPS truck include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Organ damage
- Neck and shoulder injuries
UPS drivers often travel through neighborhoods. If a driver isn’t careful, they can hit someone walking, a bicyclist, or even a child. This can lead to serious or deadly injuries.
An accident injury can affect someone in significant ways. If you or a loved one were injured, don’t ignore the damage. See a doctor as soon as possible for treatment, even if you feel okay.
Also, report the accident to the police by calling 9-1-1. It’s vital that you document as much as possible. You’ll need to get a copy of the police accident report for your records.
Damages You Can Claim from a UPS Accident
A UPS accident can impact your life in many ways. Even minor injuries are not cheap. You could have huge medical bills by the time you receive full treatment.
An injury can also affect your ability to work as you could before. This can take a toll on your livelihood, especially if you have people relying on you. There are many losses that come from a UPS accident, and you’ll need to document all of them.
Damages you might have after the accident include:
- Doctor and hospital costs
- Medication expenses
- Lost income from having to miss work
- Loss of earning capacity if you cannot work as you could before
- Vehicle repair or other property damage costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
If a loved one died, you might also have a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
Talk to a Roswell UPS Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Reach out to John Foy & Associates today if you were hurt in a UPS accident. Our team brings over 20 years of experience to the table, and we are not afraid to fight for your rights. We also make the process risk-free for you. Our lawyers do not collect a fee unless we win you money.
To get started with a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.