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Common Causes of Automobile Accidents Involving UPS, Fed-Ex, and Amazon Prime Delivery Trucks

1. Driver Fatigue

UPS drivers are under constant scrutiny, with the company’s industrial engineers going so far as to implement a “six steps in three seconds” standard for a walking pace between their truck and delivery point.

Some Fed-Ex drivers are under even more pressure, working as independent contractors. Many of these drivers are forced to take on longer hours and heavier workload than anticipated just to make a profit with their routes.

Amazon Prime operates a relatively new delivery fleet, so its driver policies aren’t as well documented at this point. However, if the working conditions are anything like Amazon warehouses, where employees are expected to package approximately four online orders per minute in order to receive favorable performance reviews, then we can expect delivery drivers to be pushed to their physical limits.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that driver fatigue and/or drowsiness is responsible for 109,000 injury accidents annually.

Were you injured in an automobile accident caused by a fatigued or drowsy UPS, Fed-Ex, or Amazon Prime driver? Contact the team of proven personal injury lawyers at JT Legal Group and we’ll aggressively pursue the compensation you are owed for your injuries.

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2. Rushed, Impatient, and Speeding Drivers.

Package delivery drivers work pre-determined routes daily. Increased package volume means more delivery stops and more time-consuming package pick-ups. Unfortunately, drivers are required to complete all deliveries, as well as all of their daily pick-ups before their shift is over, with no exceptions.

This places drivers under a massive amount of pressure to move at a high pace all day, or end up working 12-hour days.

A morning traffic jam can lead to a driver being forced to rush through the entire day.

If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident caused by an impatient, aggressive, or speeding UPS, Fed-Ex, or Amazon Prime driver, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at JT Legal Group today.

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3. Distracted Drivers

There are numerous things which pull package delivery drivers’ attention away from the road. Between maintaining a time schedule, looking for space to stop for deliveries in areas with limited curbside parking, and deliveries to addresses that don’t regularly receive packages, a driver can easily become somewhat preoccupied with thoughts other than safe driving.

Were you injured by a distracted UPS, Fed-Ex, or Amazon Prime
driver while crossing in a crosswalk or cycling? Contact the personal injury law firm with a proven track record; schedule an initial consultation with JT Legal Group.

What to do After an Accident with a UPS Truck, Fed-Ex Truck, or Amazon Prime Van?

Step 1:

Stop

Do not leave the scene under any circumstances.

Step 4:

PROVIDE AN ACCURATE STATEMENT TO POLICE

Do not guess, misstate, or speculate about anything. You may be slightly unnerved and have trouble recalling all of the details. That is perfectly normal. If you don’t recall a particular fact, tell police that you don’t recall.

Step 7:

REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER.

This is an important task that cannot be overlooked as most modern auto insurance policies require immediate notification.

Step 2:

PROTECT THE ACCIDENT SCENE

Use your vehicle’s emergency flashers, flares, or any other device which warns other drivers of the obstruction ahead. If your vehicle has come to rest in a safe location, you can stay seated in your vehicle. If your vehicle came to a stop in traffic lanes, exit your vehicle and wait safely off to the side of the road.

Step 5:

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS.

It is so important to create a visual record of the damage caused by the accident. Photograph your vehicle, the delivery vehicle involved, tire skid marks, road signage, stop lights, and any other pieces of visual evidence that can help with rebuilding the accident. With a high-resolution camera in nearly every American’s smartphone, there is no reason not to take photographs of the accident scene.

Step 8:

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

Many automobile accident injuries don’t manifest themselves until several hours have passed. The adrenaline coursing through your veins can often muffle the pain until you’ve had ample opportunity to calm down after the accident. Some people go to bed after an accident feeling fine and awake to a drastically different and painful physical state. If you feel pain, seek medical treatment immediately.

Step 3:

CALL THE POLICE

Getting the police to respond to an accident ensures that a report will be issued which can be used later in your claim. NOTE: If no one requires immediate medical attention, use your smartphone to find the phone number for non-emergency dispatch. This ensures that 911 lines are open for life-threatening emergencies.

Step 6:

EXCHANGE INFORMATION

The responding police officer will likely facilitate the exchange, but if they have not, make sure to exchange information with the other driver

Step 9:

CREATE A FILE

(Both digital and physical recommended.) It is important to keep accident reports, photographs, medical bills, and any other information related to the accident organized and stored in a safe location. Back up photographs to a USB drive, make duplicates of paper documents and take any other precautions to ensure nothing is lost.

Step 1:

Stop

Do not leave the scene under any circumstances.

Step 2:

PROTECT THE ACCIDENT SCENE

Use your vehicle’s emergency flashers, flares, or any other device which warns other drivers of the obstruction ahead. If your vehicle has come to rest in a safe location, you can stay seated in your vehicle. If your vehicle came to a stop in traffic lanes, exit your vehicle and wait safely off to the side of the road.

Step 3:

CALL THE POLICE

Getting the police to respond to an accident ensures that a report will be issued which can be used later in your claim. NOTE: If no one requires immediate medical attention, use your smartphone to find the phone number for non-emergency dispatch. This ensures that 911 lines are open for life-threatening emergencies.

Step 4:

PROVIDE AN ACCURATE STATEMENT TO POLICE

Do not guess, misstate, or speculate about anything. You may be slightly unnerved and have trouble recalling all of the details. That is perfectly normal. If you don’t recall a particular fact, tell police that you don’t recall.

Step 5:

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS.

It is so important to create a visual record of the damage caused by the accident. Photograph your vehicle, the delivery vehicle involved, tire skid marks, road signage, stop lights, and any other pieces of visual evidence that can help with rebuilding the accident. With a high-resolution camera in nearly every American’s smartphone, there is no reason not to take photographs of the accident scene.

Step 6:

EXCHANGE INFORMATION

The responding police officer will likely facilitate the exchange, but if they have not, make sure to exchange information with the other driver

Step 7:

REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER.

This is an important task that cannot be overlooked as most modern auto insurance policies require immediate notification.

Step 8:

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

Many automobile accident injuries don’t manifest themselves until several hours have passed. The adrenaline coursing through your veins can often muffle the pain until you’ve had ample opportunity to calm down after the accident. Some people go to bed after an accident feeling fine and awake to a drastically different and painful physical state. If you feel pain, seek medical treatment immediately.

Step 9:

CREATE A FILE

(Both digital and physical recommended.) It is important to keep accident reports, photographs, medical bills, and any other information related to the accident organized and stored in a safe location. Back up photographs to a USB drive, make duplicates of paper documents and take any other precautions to ensure nothing is lost.

Step 10:

PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO BE COMPENSATED FOR YOUR INJURIES

Contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at JT Legal Group as soon as possible. Our team will advocate on your behalf and ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries.

(818) 797-7900

What Can You Expect if You Sue UPS, Fed-Ex, Amazon Prime?

Can you SUe The Company?

Amazon has been the subject of lawsuits contesting their drivers’ employment status: their drivers contend that the terms of their employment would make them employees, not independent contractors. Therefore, you may be able to attribute the negligence and sue the company. To be successful, it must be shown that a) the driver must be an employee, and; b) the drivers must, at the time of the accident, have been acting within the scope of their employment.

Before the Trial

In the event of an accident with a Fed-Ex or a UPS driver, the respective companies are likely to direct you to their insurers. UPS use auto-liability insurance with a $1,000,000 limit, whilst Fed-EX has an automobile liability insurance with a $5,000,000 limit. Regardless of the impact that the accident has had on you or your life, insurers often attempt to get you to settle for smaller amounts than would be necessary. It may, therefore, be in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit.

HOw Much Can you Expect To Recover At Trial?

That is largely dependent on the facts of the accident. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will look to recover for things such as medical bills, lost wages, punitive damages, and physical injuries and/or suffering when pursuing compensation for the accident. The attorney would have to satisfy the various elements of negligence in order to recover damages: there would be a particular burden on proving that a duty of a care has been breached, and, from there, that there is a causal link between that breach and the injuries or losses suffered.

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Why Hire An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer to Handle Your Claim Against UPS, Fed-Ex, or Amazon?

These multi-billion-dollar companies are not your friend. Large companies are notorious for bullying unrepresented parties who are seeking compensation.

A report by the Insurance Research Council found that claimants who are represented by a personal injury lawyer received an average of three times as much compensation as unrepresented parties.

The same study also found that an alarming 85% of all settlements paid by insurance companies involved parties who have a lawyer advocating on their behalf.

Don’t let common misconceptions prevent you from getting paid what you are owed for your injuries. Hiring an attorney will not prolong your dispute.

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