The United Parcel Service (UPS) is one of the largest delivery services in America. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), UPS has more than 125,000 vehicles and 118,000 employees.
Sadly, a company of this size also accounts for hundreds of accidents each year. The FMCSA estimates that UPS truck accidents injure around 500 people every year, with dozens of people being killed in the process.
Fortunately, UPS is not above the law. If you have been injured in an accident with a UPS vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation.
Here at Distasio Law Firm, we do not back down from a challenge. We believe in holding companies responsible for the pain and suffering they cause. If you retain a Tampa UPS truck accident lawyer at our firm, we will be there to help you seek justice throughout your entire proceedings – from start to finish.
We have practiced personal injury law for over 31 years. Along the way, we have stood beside countless accident victims and their families during their fight for justice. Our experienced truck crash attorneys are here to help fight to protect your right to compensation so you can move forward on your road to recovery.
To learn more about taking legal action after an accident with a UPS truck, call Distasio Law Firm today to receive your free consultation with one of our team members.
Proving Liability in Your UPS Accident
UPS trucks are also known as commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) due to their size and designation as delivery vehicles. According to the FMCSA §390.5, any vehicle that weighs 10,001 pounds or more is defined as a CMV. As such, UPS trucks are heavier and longer than most cars, SUVs, and trucks.
When UPS employees are not properly trained to handle vehicles of this size, accidents may be inevitable. Even when drivers receive adequate training, one poor decision or lapse in judgment can quickly lead to a serious collision in these large vehicles.
Overall, common causes of UPS truck accidents include:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield to the right of way
- Failure to check mirrors before backing up or changing lanes
- Mechanical failures (brakes, steering, or tires)
- Speeding in residential areas
- Driving too fast for roadway conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel or driving while fatigued
When you retain a dedicated UPS truck accident lawyer from our firm in Tampa, we can be there to help investigate your accident. Along the way, our firm will gather evidence and work to prove liability. We can even call upon accident reconstruction experts and forensic analysts to help bring the truth to light.
For more information about proving liability in UPS accidents in Tampa, contact a knowledgeable attorney today to receive your free consultation.
Recoverable Damages for UPS Accident Victims
Any CMV on the roadway should have the minimum amount of insurance coverage required under Florida law. If UPS is found liable for your accident, you can seek many types of damages to help you recover the losses you have sustained.
Recoverable damages may include:
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning potential
- Medical expenses
- Damaged property
- Physical pain from your injuries and recovery process
- Mental suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
You can even recover damages if you were partially liable for your accident. As detailed under Florida Statutes §768.81, also known as Florida’s “comparative fault” law, a percentage of responsibility can be assigned to you. If this happens, your overall settlement or jury verdict will be reduced proportionately by your percentage of responsibility.
Common Injuries from UPS Truck Accidents
UPS truck accidents can cause life-changing injuries in the blink of an eye – especially if the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of impact. Due to these trucks’ size, weight, and power, these injuries can affect every area of your body, potentially leading to permanent disfigurements and disabilities.
Common injuries from UPS truck wrecks include:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Ruptured disks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
A Tampa UPS Truck Accident Attorney Will Fight For You
Here at Distasio Law Firm, we are proud to stand up to injustice throughout the state of Florida. We firmly believe that having money should not make you immune to our justice system. Companies like UPS have an innate responsibility to educate and train their drivers to the best of their abilities so people can feel safe on our roadways.
When you retain a Tampa UPS truck accident lawyer at our firm, we will be there to fight for your case at every turn. In addition to providing basic legal representation, our firm can help assign values to your losses, advise you on relevant laws, communicate with insurance companies, negotiate settlements, take your case to trial if it makes sense to do so, and so much more.
Before you move forward with your case, just remember that Florida Statutes §95.11 requires you to file a personal injury claim within two years of your accident in an injury case and 2 years in a death case. If you wait too long to take legal action, your case may be dismissed, and you may lose your eligibility for compensation.