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UPS Delivery Vehicle Accident Victims in Lake County

United Parcel Service, better known as UPS, is a worldwide leader in package delivery. Every day, UPS delivers nearly 25 million packages - a staggering number by any measure. While most people who interact with UPS trucks and delivery drivers have good experiences, the sheer volume of trucks on the road means that accidents will happen. And because UPS delivery trucks are much bigger than most other vehicles on the road, these accidents can be very serious and sometimes even fatal.

While it can be difficult to know the full scope of UPS accidents, some estimates suggest that every year, there are well over a thousand crashes. The vast majority of car accidents of any kind happen because of driver error, and UPS accidents are no exception.

This means that if you have been hurt in a crash with a UPS, you are not alone. You may be able to get money from UPS for an accident caused in whole or in part by a delivery driver. With the help of an Illinois personal injury lawyer with Salvi Law, Inc., you can get the information you need to decide whether to take action against UPS.

Why Do UPS Crashes Happen?

  • Driver Negligence - A common cause of UPS truck accidents is driver negligence. UPS drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while operating their trucks. However, speeding, distracted driving, or failing to signal or yield can all cause accidents. If UPS drivers breach their duty of care and cause an accident, they may be liable for the resulting crash.
  • External Factors - These factors include bad weather conditions, road hazards, or other dangerous driving conditions. In these cases, it is important to investigate whether the driver took reasonable steps to prevent an accident - for example, whether the driver slowed down in heavy rain. 
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance - UPS has a responsibility to keep its fleet of trucks in good condition, making sure that brakes, tires, lights, and other parts are regularly inspected and properly maintained. If a truck's equipment fails - for example, if a tire blows out - UPS may bear responsibility for any accidents that happen as a result.

Is UPS Liable For Spilled Packages?

Most people who have watched UPS delivery drivers cruise around with the passenger side door wide open, boxes stacked willy-nilly inside, have wondered, "Is that safe?"

Common sense - and accident statistics - say it is not. Taking any kind of driving risk with a truck full of packages is a terrible idea, if for no other reason than the fact that the packages can easily tumble out of the truck and onto the road.

Once a package is on the road, drivers will often swerve to avoid it, hitting other drivers and causing serious accidents. UPS delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, and UPS can likely be held liable for cases in which employees handle packages or drive in a way that leads to cargo spilling on the road.

Contact a Lake Zurich, IL UPS Delivery Accident Attorney

The safety of other drivers on the road, as well as the safety of innocent pedestrians and bicyclists, depends on UPS's commitment to employee training, truck inspections, and reasonable delivery schedules. By closely investigating accidents and holding UPS accountable for any negligence, we can help injured clients receive the compensation they may be owed.

If you were injured in an accident with a UPS delivery driver, you have come to the right place and we are ready to help. Salvi Law, Inc. serves Cook County, Lake County, and Lake Zurich. Contact us online or at 847-721-2499 for a free consultation.

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