Wondering what to do if you are hit by a UPS truck? The advice is generally the same whether you were hit by a UPS truck or your neighbor's minivan. You need to stay calm, contact the police, act and speak responsibly, and gather information. If you are injured, call 911 and ask for a police officer and an ambulance.
We see brown UPS trucks in the city and their tractor units on the highway. They are just the tip of the UPS iceberg, according to its website. UPS is an incredibly large global distributor and transportation company, as data on deliveries and earnings show:
- Had $ 74 billion in revenue and $ 13 billion in profit last year
- Business in more than 220 nations and territories
- Sends 5.5 billion packages to 11.5 million customers each year
- Has approximately 495,000 employees
- Uses 125,000 cars, vans, tractors and motorcycles in around 1,800 facilities
- Has more than 5,900 tractor units and 22,000 trailers
- Has a fleet of 572 own, leased or chartered aircraft that offer 2,285 flights daily from 807 airports.
These numbers show how many UPS trucks are on our roads, including those in your community. The more UPS trucks on the move and deliver packages, the more likely a UPS truck will hit your car.
Why did a UPS driver hit my car?
You may see more UPS trucks than usual at this time of year. With more people staying at home due to COVID-19, there are many more purchases online, reports NBC News. Many online retailers use UPS to deliver orders.
According to UPS employees who have spoken to NBC News, the delivery volume in some places is at the level of the holiday season. Spring is usually a slower season. However, according to UPS drivers and union representatives, the shipping volume is so high that some employees work 12-hour shifts or longer to keep up.
While this is good news for the company and employee paychecks, it can pose a greater risk to drivers. When UPS drivers are under pressure to deliver more packages and work more hours, they can be tired, stressed, and distracted. They may be more likely to cause accidents.
What to do if you are involved in a car accident with UPS Truck
If you are involved in a car accident with a UPS truck, you should and shouldn't do it.
Go to a safe place and get medical help
- Are you hurt? If so, call 911 or ask someone else to do it for you if you can't. If you are seriously injured, try not to move. Wait for first aiders.
- Is anyone else hurt? If this is safe, check the passengers in your vehicle. If you are not injured and are not in traffic, check to see if the UPS driver or anyone else is injured. If so, call 911 or ask someone to call you.
- Can you and your car drive to a safe place? If you can, put it on the side of the road or on a sidewalk. If your car cannot be driven and is in a lane, switch on the car's hazard lights. If possible, put down torches when you have them, leave your care where it is, and take yourself to safety.
Gather information and submit an accident report
If you are not injured and can speak to other people involved in the accident, you can gather information that can be used in an accident suit while you are still at the scene. Exchange information with the UPS driver and anyone else involved in the accident. You can write this information down or photograph the person's driver's license and insurance certificate. Try to get the driver's name, contact information, insurance company name, insurance number, driver's license number, license plate number, vehicle description and location of the accident. You should ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
Note that your actions at the scene of the accident may play a role in a future lawsuit or may cause legal problems for you. If someone else asks for your information, but you refuse to leave the scene, you may be criminally charged with escaping responsibility (also known as "hit and run"). When speaking to others at the scene of the accident, do not admit blame or say anything that might indicate that you caused the accident. UPS and its insurance company could use your words to say that it is your fault. Stay calm. Don't scream, don't get angry or physical, and don't start an argument with the UPS driver. It doesn't help you make a scene or hit the driver. It can lead to you being arrested.
In addition to information about everyone involved in the accident or who witnessed the accident, there are other ways to document the accident. Take photos or videos of the scene, the UPS truck, your car, and the surrounding street from different angles. Make sure that you are not in traffic. If weather conditions played a role in the accident, also try to document it.
After calling 911, the answering officer created an accident report and documented the scene. Get the names of the local police officers as part of your documentation. If the police cannot be on site, go to the nearest police station and create a report yourself. The police report should be the start of an investigation. The evidence found could be critical to your insurance claim or lawsuit against UPS. So it's really important to document your accident in an official police report.
After receiving medical attention for your injuries, contact a lawyer in our office. You have received legal advice to help you with an accident lawsuit at every stage of the process. We can speak to your insurance company for you. We can give your insurance company (or UPS's insurance company) the information it needs. This way, you will not make a mistake or say anything that could hurt your case. We can also start investigating the accident. The evidence we find could help give your insurance claim or commercial vehicle lawsuit the best chance of success.
A UPS driver met me. Who should I talk to?
If you or a loved one was injured in a UPS driver-caused car accident, we can protect your legal rights and request financial compensation. Guajardo & Marks lawyers have decades of experience with commercial vehicle accident lawsuits and have a track record of winning these cases.
Don't go alone. We are there for you and your family. Let us take care of UPS, their lawyers, and the insurance company as you relax and get back on your feet. Work with one of our experienced and compassionate Dallas car accident lawyers to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 972-774-9800 for a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win your case.