Have you been injured by a UPS delivery truck or van in the Greater Metropolitan area of Los Angeles, CA? The injury attorneys at Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC, have vast experience representing innocent victims who got severely hurt in United Parcel Service (“UPS”) collisions. So read more below and discover why we are the lawyers near you to contact if you or someone in your family was disfigured or disabled in a UPS truck.
Most of all, you need an experienced UPS injury lawyer to pursue justice on your behalf, in the form of money damages for you and your beautiful family. As UPS accident lawyers, we understand that collisions with heavy commercial vehicles and trucks, in particular, are part and parcel of using the California roads. The unique and varying circumstances of each Los Angeles UPS motoring accident will determine whether or not a lawyer will take your case.
Assuming we click and the facts of the case are favorable, clients have the right to pursue legal court claims. Doing so gives them the legal right to recover costs and related expenses associated with their personal injuries.
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Most of all, the larger shipping companies like UPS will have a crack team of attorneys, private investigators, and actuaries looking to protect their bosses, not you. Don’t you deserve a trained team of crack lawyers looking out for your interests?
COVID seems to have sped up the recent deluge in online purchases and deliveries. Because of this, we see a vast escalation in all types of trucks, vans, and pickups speeding around the highways and surface streets in California. UPS and other large enterprises hand over thousands of boxes and parcels daily in the Golden State. Even though UPS drivers are often specially trained and commercially licensed, training alone does not prevent horrible street crashes.
Delivery personnel can be exhausted, lost, or stressed out from getting behind schedule. As a result, mistakes are made, and rules get broken regularly. Think about it; truckers have to keep their head on a swivel, pay attention to traffic, their GPS, and drive the van or truck with precision. All the while, delivery men and women have to locate parking at the correct drop-off point and not run over anyone while backing out.
Besides the strict time pressure deadlines, more and more novice truckers are flooding the roads, making it less safe for truckers with established routes. As such, the risks are getting stacked one on top of the other. But Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys stands ready to act swiftly to protect your legal rights as a crash victim. Let us help you determine liability and fault in your accident by calling now at (213) 596-9642.
Although a delivery truck accident may seem inescapable with this increased number of inexperienced drivers and vehicles on the interstates and city streets, almost all delivery vehicles can be prevented when another driver is not negligent. Other drivers doing anything but staying focused on the road are the main reasons for negligence. Another vehicle operator, trucker, or a third party, or all of the above, may be partially at fault for your crash.
Below is a brief outline of who can be at fault to pay you for your UPS truck-related injuries.
UPS truck accidents may vary depending on the other vehicles or persons involved. UPS delivery trucks may be liable under tort law for:
Also, an accident with a UPS truck can happen via multiple mechanisms of injury. A few of the most common causes of UPS delivery trucking accidents are:
The bottom line here is that the chances of an accident are influenced by the way the accident happens. We know, for example, that most left-hand turn crashes happen at intersections. So driver awareness of potential driving threats is key to accident avoidance.
UPS’s brown package car delivery trucks and big rigs are visible all over the road, painted in Pullman brown color mated with the UPS insignia on the sides of their vehicles. UPS is also affectionately known as “Big Brown,” and it remains the largest parcel and supply chain management company on the globe. Everyone in the U.S. has seen UPS vehicles on the roads delivering thousands upon thousands of packages daily. Presently, UPS operates just above 119,000 delivery vehicles around the world. Its couriers deliver packages on bicycles and even large semi-trucks.
FUN FACT. UPS does not want to appear to be endorsing any particular vehicle manufacturer it uses in its fleet. As a result, UPS corporate decided to strip UPS vehicles and trucks of their vehicle manufacturer placards. So reasonable attempts to have all emblems are removed, and its fleets are de-badged from showing manufacturer emblems outside their vans and trucks before going into active service.
Delivery truck accidents can be problematic. If, for instance, you collide with a truck from the United States Postal Service, you have a case involving a governmental body. These claims have different rules – you must notify the agency of your intent to file within six months of the accident. California Injury Law Group can help you understand the complicated laws involved with delivery truck crashes.
We’ll work alongside you to fight for the settlement terms, compensation, and reimbursement your injuries deserve.
Out of all the package delivery industry competition, UPS remains the largest and most commonly used courier company in the U.S., according to a Statista survey. Moreover, these stats represent UPS’s revenue from its fiscal 2008 year to the fiscal business year of 2019. During 2019 alone, UPS brought in over 74.1 billion in U.S. dollars. According to the DOT, UPS owns and operates a fleet of more than 125,000 vehicles and employs upwards of 115,000 drivers authorized to transport general freight intra and interstate in the U.S.
As a matter of fact, as of 2018, UPS vehicles had driven over 2,919,242,000 miles on U.S. highways, which is almost 1 billion miles. Also, as of 2019, UPS held the rank of number 41 with Fortune 500 based upon total revenue generated by a U.S. corporation.
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As noted in the statistical chart above, UPS employed at least 495,000 employees in 2019. And over 350,000 worked in the U.S., with 82,000 employed internationally. Sadly for UPS, at least 240,000 UPS clerks, truckers, and couriers handlers became unionized under the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Since then, in 1997, after a 16-day strike, Teamster President Ron Carey was able to negotiate a better contract for its UPS workers. Since then, there have been no additional strikes.
Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. That’s how it goes in the SEALS and Marines. But with delivery trucks, this lesson can easily be set aside in a mad dash to make scheduled deliveries on time. Because of this, many UPS delivery truck drivers may rush around town, or blow a traffic stop or two, to get to all the stops along their route within the scheduled time.
Obviously, unsafe driving and speeding are not efficient and can easily lead to a crash with another vehicle or still object like a bus stop or traffic light pole. Because of this, pedestrians are at a particular risk for flying and falling objects and not just from being run over.
The FMCSA rates vehicle safety based upon the last 24 months of service. Below are the Safety Rating & OOS Rates as of 09/07/2020 from SAFER.
Simply speaking, traffic accidents and UPS trucks go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. Sadly, based upon our past cases with courier services, the defense attorneys and their team of professional witnesses will make every attempt to reduce your monetary compensation, even though its driver badly hurt you. And like their competitors at FedEx and DHL, UPS will likely offer a lowball settlement agreement before you even speak to a UPS accident lawyer like Michael Ehline.
The insurance adjuster does not want you to consult with a UPS accident lawyer, assuming they can butter you up and make you settle for less than you deserve. Their insurance adjusters and lawyers know it remains in your best interest to consult an experienced UPS truck accident firm as soon as you physically can speak on the phone. Retaining a personal injury law firm such as Ehline Law is one of the best ways to go head to head with such a large, Fortune 500 company.
Ehline knows this, and UPS knows. These defendants take it personally when Ehline maximizes the award to more than their HR department wanted to pay you. But you are entitled to public justice, and that is why you call (213) 596-9642 right away!
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UPS gets its trucks and vans from many different sources. One unique part of UPS is that it calls its package vans “package cars.” Other than that, it buys its vehicles from differing manufacturers, including:
Modern UPS package cars are based on Navistar, Freightliner, or Workhorse chassis vehicles that have been in use since the ’90s.
Another unique piece of jargon UPS uses is about its tractor-trailers. For example, UPS calls its fleet of tractor-trailers “feeders.” And since 2018, UPS has almost replaced its entire feeder fleet with day cab trucks built by Mack Trucks (Pinnacle and Vision), Navistar (International ProStar+ and 9900i), and PACCAR (Kenworth T800, T660, and T680).
But the old big rigs in its fleet still include older tractor-trailers manufactured by Ford/Sterling (Aeromax/A-Line) and Freightliner (Argosy). All International 8100 and Mack CH tractors are slated for decommissioning. UPS tends to paint its trailers light grey with the UPS logo emblazoned on each side.
UPS utilizes multiple trailers measuring in length as follows:
And for some deliveries, UPS uses reduced trailers are towed in aggregation with each trailer attached to the next, being towed behind the semi rig. But not all states allow this, and a special trip ticket or permit must be obtained before hitching up. These hugs road trains are wrought with blind spots and unwieldy in the wind and stormy weather. Because of this, other drivers are encouraged to either pull far in front of or stay far to the rear of these massive land trucks.
Getting into a UPS accident will mean that someone has to face a lying, conniving insurance adjuster. As noted below, UPS carries liability auto insurance of $1 Million for one person, per single collision, and $5 Million as a combined single limit for two or more victims. Assuming you exchanged info with the UPS or other driver(s) that hit you, don’t be alarmed if a nice sounding insurance adjuster calls you trying to ask you leading questions.
Nothing good will come of this conversation, especially if you are tricked into letting them record your phone call. As personal injury attorneys, we suggest that all UPS collision victims never give any verbal statements to liability insurers. At least we don’t suggest you do anything until going over your rights with a seasoned, intelligent lawyer at our helpful and considerate law firm. To recap, the insurance companies do not look out for UPS accident victims at all.
They are 100% looking out for their profits. Because of this, their ultimate goal is to get you to take nothing or a pittance of what you would have gotten had you retained our venerable law firm. So we suggest you pick up your phone and call Michael Ehline before getting bogged down in discussions and accepting peanuts. Also, you can sign up using our online, and a member of our experienced team of tack drivers will call you back straight away.
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