UPS Truck Accident

UPS Truck Accident Lawyers

Seeking Fair Recovery for Victims of UPS Truck Crashes

UPS (United Parcel Service) is the largest package delivery and supply chain management company in the world. The multinational courier service delivers tens of thousands of packages every day in the United States alone.

At Baum Hedlund, we have experience representing individuals harmed in UPS crashes. If you or someone in your family was in a UPS truck accident, you need an experienced trucking accident lawyer to pursue justice and obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.

Contact us at (855) 948-5098 today to schedule a free consultation. From our offices in Los Angeles, we help clients nationwide.

UPS Truck Accident Statistics

According to a recent U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) report, UPS operates a fleet of more than 125,000 vehicles and employs 115,000 drivers who are authorized to transport general freight in and between states. UPS vehicles traveled more than 2,919,242,000 miles on U.S. highways in 2018.

With intense pressure to make scheduled deliveries on time, UPS truck drivers often find themselves in a rush to get to all the stops on their route. This focus on speed and efficiency can lead to accidents with passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or pedestrians.

Over a recent 24-month period, UPS trucks were involved in 2,362 accidents (54 were fatal and 858 caused injuries). In terms of crashes per year, UPS ranks the highest among all U.S. courier service providers, followed closely by FedEx.

Put simply, accidents involving UPS trucks and other delivery vehicles occur nearly every day. In our experience, UPS and its team of attorneys make every effort to limit the amount of compensation to truck accident victims. They may offer a settlement agreement before you have had a chance to consult with a trucking lawyer, knowing that settlement may save them money.

A Company Snapshot of UPS

James E. Casey founded what would become United Parcel Service (UPS) in 1907. With headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS is now the world’s largest package delivery company in the world, generating upwards of $70 billion in revenue annually.

In 2018, the company delivered more than 5.2 billion packages and documents to more than 220 countries and territories, servicing every address in North America and Europe. The company operates more than 1,800 facilities and has a fleet of more than 123,000 vehicles for delivery and freight services.

UPS Trucks or “Package Cars”

Many of the UPS delivery trucks we see in the U.S. are actually package vans that the company calls “package cars.” The name is something of a misnomer, however, as most UPS vehicles that deliver packages to our homes look more like box trucks. UPS package car delivery trucks are easy to spot—they are all painted in the same Pullman brown with the UPS insignia along the sides.

The following companies manufacture UPS package car delivery trucks:

  • Morgan Olson (Grumman Olson)
  • Union City Body
  • Utilimaster

Modern UPS package vans manufactured since the 1990s are based on Freightliner, Navistar, or Workhorse chassis.

UPS Tractor Trailers

UPS commonly refers to its fleet of package delivery tractor trailers as “feeders.” As of 2018, nearly all of the company’s tractor trailer delivery fleet consists of conventional day cab trucks.

UPS’s fleet of tractor trailers are manufactured by the following companies:

  • Mack Trucks (Pinnacle and Vision)
  • Navistar (International ProStar+ and 9900i)
  • PACCAR (Kenworth T800, T660 and T680)

Older tractor trailers in the fleet include those manufactured by Ford/Sterling (Aeromax/A-Line) and Freightliner (Argosy). UPS is in the process of phasing out International 8100 and Mack CH tractors.

The company’s trailers are light grey with the UPS insignia positioned on the sides. UPS uses several trailer lengths: 28, 45, 48, and 53 feet. Some UPS short trailers are towed in tandem (one trailer attached to another trailer with both attached to the tractor) in states that permit truckers to do so.

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Are UPS Trucks Safe?

UPS has a safety rating of ‘satisfactory’ from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The company’s fleet of vehicles and drivers both have out-of-service rates below the national average:

  • UPS Delivery Vehicle Out-of-Service Rate: 7.6%. National Average: 20.7%
  • UPS Delivery Driver Out-of-Service Rate: 1%. National Average: 5.5%

Nevertheless, UPS delivery vehicles are routinely involved in accidents, some of which lead to truck accident injuries or even wrongful death. According to FMCSA data, out of 9,528 vehicle inspections, 2,495 were cited for maintenance violations.

UPS drivers are trained to be expedient and make sure they reach all the stops on their routes on time to make deliveries. Occasionally, this rush can lead to mistakes. According to FMCSA data, out of 13,849 driver inspections, 1,815 UPS drivers had unsafe driving violations.

UPS Recent Truck Accidents and Incidents

  • Auburn, Washington – On Jan. 9, 2019, a woman on a mobility scooter was killed after a collision with a UPS truck.
  • Louisville, Kentucky – On Nov. 13, 2018, a UPS driver was arrested by local police for driving a UPS truck and making deliveries while intoxicated. According to the report, the UPS driver had a blood alcohol level of .316, while the legal limit is .08.
  • Double Diamond, Nevada – On June 26, 2018, an eight-year-old girl riding her bicycle was struck and killed by a UPS truck.
  • Iberia Parish, Louisiana – On June 11, 2018, a 60-year-old man attempting to enter a convenience store was struck and killed by a UPS truck.
  • Brooklyn, New York – On Feb. 17, 2018, a UPS truck hit a 27-year-old woman, killing her.
  • Dallas, Texas – On Nov. 13, 2017, a UPS truck crash killed three people.
  • Center City, Pennsylvania – On Sept. 14, 2017, a 91-year-old woman was struck by a UPS delivery truck.

You Need a Board-Certified Truck Accident Attorney On Your Side

After a crash, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced trucking lawyer as soon as you are able. Retaining a truck accident law firm—one that has experience going toe-to-toe against UPS—levels the playing field and gives you the best chance to maximize the compensation to which you and your family members are entitled.

If you or a member of your family was the victim of a UPS truck accident, you need a truck accident attorney with experience litigating cases against major trucking companies. Our firm will aggressively pursue claims to maximize compensation and hold the company accountable for any negligence.

Call us today at (855) 948-5098 to speak with a UPS truck accident lawyer. We offer free, no-hassle case evaluations and can answer any questions you may have.

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