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Postal Truck Accidents: a Unique Case

We see their trucks every day, at all times of the day, and at all hours of the day. “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night,” is the motto they preach, and the United States Postal Service certainly lives by it. There are thousands of postal vehicles on the road at any given time of day, and all different types as well. There are USPS delivery trucks, box trucks, tractor-trailers, and, in rural areas, the delivery drivers use their personal vehicles to deliver the mail.

The USPS has very intense safety training for their delivery drivers, and accidents are usually pretty rare. However, given the congestion of our roads, cities, and certain suburban neighborhoods, accidents are going to happen.

Just this past March along I-75 in Pasco County, a USPS 18-wheeler semi tractor-trailer hit a traffic attenuator, causing it to jackknife across the highway. A trailing dump truck couldn’t slow down in time and collided with the tractor-trailer, sending them both into flames. The USPS truck’s mail that it was carrying was incarnated. Fortunately, in this case no one was injured.

Other situations where postal trucks could be involved in accidents are in neighborhoods. Children playing in the street or by the curb could be struck or backed into by a postal truck as they are pulling up to a mailbox. A postal truck pulling away from a mailbox could collide with a passing vehicle or bicycle if vision is obstructed or the driver is negligent.

If injured in an accident involving a negligent postal truck operator, there is a different process from what you would normally be required to do when filing a suit in a similar situation with a private vehicle. A suit filed against the USPS is filed in a federal court instead of a county court since the USPS is a federal agency. There are also different federal forms required to be filled out. Then, if the initial claim against the USPS is denied, a lawsuit must be filed in federal court within six months.

Victims of truck accidents that are a result of negligent drivers often suffer severe injuries. Commercial trucks are large vehicles that carry a lot of force, and this includes the vehicles in USPS fleet. With the amount of postal trucks in our neighborhoods every day, operating around children who are out on summer vacation, it is imperative that we hold the few negligent drivers responsible. The USPS trucks are one of the few, if not only, large commercial vehicles that operate in our neighborhoods, and around our children, on a daily basis.

If you or your loved has been injured by a negligent operator of USPS vehicle, contact our personal injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of truck accident litigation, and have the resources to file a claim against the USPS and navigate the labyrinth of paperwork that goes along with it. We will never represent an insurance carrier, and will not collect payment until we have guaranteed a payout on your case.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765