UPS is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies.
Most delivery drivers adhere to strict road rules and drive with the diligence and care required of them. But every so often, accidents happen.
When they do, because USP drivers drive larger trucks and vehicles, they often result in significant injury and property damage.
Between June 2020 and June 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported 2,956 UPS crashes. This crash data includes 1077 injuries and 74 fatalities in the U.S. alone.
If you’ve been physically injured in an accident involving UPS, it’s a good idea to contact a skilled personal injury attorney experienced in dealing with commercial vehicle accidents.
Because every UPS accident is different, UPS lawsuit settlements vary.
However, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can review your case and assign it a reasonable settlement value.
Determining UPS Driver Fault
If you’ve been physically injured and intend to file a lawsuit against UPS, you must show that the UPS driver acted negligently.
Negligence can include speeding, reckless driving, and ignoring traffic signs or signals. It can also include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving while distracted.
Your police accident report will specify pertinent negligent acts responsible for the crash and should indicate why the accident happened.
These details can help you establish the four elements needed to prove negligence, including:
- Duty of care—Every driver has a duty to keep other motorists’ safety in mind as they drive and not place another person in harm’s way;
- Breach—A plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached this duty by driving recklessly or making choices that risked hurting others;
- Damage—The breach must have resulted in an accident, whether a rear-end collision, a side swipe, or another kind of crash; and
- Causation—The accident must have caused physical injuries.
It’s important to note that you must be physically harmed in a UPS driver accident to file a claim.
If you were not physically harmed, you will be unable to collect compensation from UPS in a negligence-based lawsuit.
UPS Collision Settlement Amounts
UPS lawsuit settlements can include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, and future lost wages.
They may also include pain and suffering, permanent scarring, long-term disabilities, mental anguish, embarrassment, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Each accident is different, and insurance and settlement offers will vary according to the specific details of your case.
For instance, your settlement may be worth more if you can no longer work. Or your settlement may be worth less if you incurred only minor injuries.
Regardless of the extent of your damages, because personal injury and insurance claims can be complicated, retaining a personal injury attorney with UPS accident experience is paramount to successful UPS accident lawsuit settlements.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine your damages so that you are fairly compensated through a personal injury claim.
Contact a Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer Today
The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against UPS in Colorado is two years from when your injury occurred.
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