UPS Truck Accidents
United Parcel Service is the largest commercial package delivery company in the United States and in Colorado. In 2017 UPS had over $65 billion in revenue and almost $5 billion in profit, meaning that the company has no excuse for not putting safe UPS drivers and deliver trucks on the road. Unfortunately, each year UPS is involved in thousands of crashes throughout the United States. Between September 2016 and September 2018, for example, UPS was involved in 2,154 crashes, with 736 causing serious injury and 54 causing death. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are experienced car and truck accident attorneys with decades of collective experience achieving successful outcomes against large corporations like UPS. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident with a UPS truck, we invite you to call our UPS accident lawyers today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case.The Nature of UPS Accident Cases: Safety vs. On Time Deliveries
UPS has a fleet of roughly 130,000 package delivery vehicles ranging from the classic big brown delivery trucks to motorcycles and fuel efficient cars. However, we know that the nature of the package-delivery business means that UPS deliveries are constantly being made in an effort to be on time. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our UPS accident attorneys understand that there is an inherent conflict in the race for UPS to deliver packages on time but also in a manner that keeps motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists safe from the big brown deliver trucks. It is when safety is sacrificed for an “on time delivery” that problems arise and UPS crashes happen.
The conflict between safety and on time deliveries has been well-known in America’s collective memory, first becoming a national safety issue in the days when Domino’s Pizza would guarantee 30 minute delivery of your pizza. There, Dominos learned from numerous civil law suits that Dominos delivery drivers were being careless and reckless, and causing serious car accidents, in an effort to deliver your pizza on time. Our UPS accident lawyers believe that UPS is no different, except that the size and bulky nature of UPS’s big brown delivery trucks means that accidents are more likely to happen and when they do they are usually more serious.
Quite simply, the UPS delivery trucks we see every day throughout Colorado and other states are big and heavy vehicles that can be difficult to maneuver safely. Also, from a design standpoint, brown is not an easily noticeable color and the sides of the typical UPS truck lacks direct illumination that would help drivers see the sides of the UPS trucks when looking at them in the dark. When an impact happens from a crash with a UPS truck, the forces involved are usually much larger than with a standard car or truck. As a result, our UPS truck accident attorneys see much more serious injuries following UPS crashes and sometimes even death.Illustrations of Colorado UPS Truck Accidents
To illustrate, in December of 2017, an accident happened on a cold winter night near Fruita, Colorado. There, a UPS truck driver was cited for careless driving causing serious bodily injury after the UPS driver tried to turn around in a roadway in a way that oncoming traffic could not see it. Unfortunately, the driver of a Kia ran broadside into the UPS truck and was severely injured, requiring extensive hospital treatment.
Our Colorado UPS accident lawyers regularly see reports of UPS accidents happening in strange ways, such as UPS trucks causing accidents when backing up after missing an address, stopping in unsafe areas, sudden stopping or turning, or even plain speeding. Moreover, UPS accidents can happen in many ways once the delivery truck has parked, such as when a UPS delivery person stacks boxes too high and runs into a pedestrian or bystander. The bottom line is that UPS has a duty to drive its trucks safely so that other motorists and pedestrians do not get hurt, and when they do cause accidents, a knowledgeable and skilled advocate like Cook, Bradford & Levy’s UPS accident attorneys can help.Special Regulations for UPS Trucks
Our team of Colorado personal injury attorneys are experienced commercial trucking lawyers and understand that most UPS delivery trucks and drivers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act and a robust set of regulations (FMCSRs) designed to keep drivers safe from crashes with UPS vehicles. These regulations apply to large commercial vehicles like the brown UPS delivery trucks we see every day throughout Colorado and address things like driver training and qualifications, driver hours and sleep, vehicle maintenance, and what to do after a UPS truck accident including drug testing and completing a thorough accident report. When we represent someone who was seriously hurt in a UPS accident, we will use these rules, as well as truck driving and delivery experts to build your case in a way that maximizes your financial recovery and compensation.
At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we understand that each accident is unique, and especially when a UPS truck caused a collision, your case will require careful review and analysis of the facts and applicable law. The good news is that this is the work we do, and we will spend the necessary time and attention understanding your case, the injuries involved, as well as getting to know you as a person, including your family.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt or killed in a UPS truck accident, we invite you to call our UPS truck accident lawyers today at 303-543-1000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case to see how we can help you. Our attorneys can help you regardless of whether you live in Colorado, and even if you live in a different state.