A very familiar sight on virtually every street in the US at any time of day or evening, parcel delivery trucks keep businesses running and employ over 1 million drivers, according to a 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. These step vans, as they are referred to, have been the cause of many serious traffic accidents. Although they are not as dangerous as the heavier dump trucks and semi-trucks on the roads, they still weigh between 10,000 and 20.000 pounds, on average, and can cause substantial damage to smaller vehicles and serious injuries to their occupants.
The delivery trucks seen most often are from UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service. They deliver parcels to homes and businesses, often being forced to park precariously, creating a hazard for other drivers as they suddenly pull out or back up. They also may back into traffic from blind driveways, small streets and parking lots. The drivers have deliveries to make before a scheduled time, which may provoke them to drive above a safe local speed, tailgate or pass stop signs or signals. The drivers are out on deliveries in all types of weather and work long hours, especially around the holidays. These are all contributing factors that may lead to accidents involving other vehicles or pedestrians.
Other factors that may contribute to parcel delivery truck accidents are:
- Untrained or improperly trained drivers
- Driver distraction from hand held package tracking devices, GPS and cell phones.
- Overloaded cargo causing the truck to roll or stop too slowly
- Improper warning lights
- Driver drowsiness
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident by a delivery van from UPS or FedEx you may be entitled to compensation by retaining an experienced truck accident attorney who may file a suit against the large commercial trucker. If the injury was the result of a collision with a vehicle from the United States Postal Service, you may still sue but, the rules are quite different. You cannot file a suit against the USPS or the driver. You must sue the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act. To do this properly you or your attorney must file Form 95 though the United States Post Office, stating a “sum certain” or nature of your claim. This must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. Then you must work with the agency to resolve the claim administratively. It is highly advisable that you have an attorney to help you avoid all the trips and traps that await you. The attorney must wait at least six months from the date of filing Form 95 before filing a suit. That time can be even longer depending upon the time consumed by your administrative claim.
Large trucking companies, such as UPS and FedEx, will fight hard to defend themselves against any suit. They have large, high profile law firms with seemingly unlimited resources to keep settlements as low as possible. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has the tenacity and resources to stand up to corporate giants like FedEx and UPS as well as the USPS to win the biggest settlement for your lost income. They also have the experience in untangling the red tape involved in litigation with the US Postal Service.
If you were injured in a parcel delivery truck accident call and speak with a truck accident attorney for an evaluation of your claim. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is poised and ready to fight for you. But act now as time to file may be running out. There is no cost of obligation.
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