If You've Been Hurt In An Accident Involving A UPS truck, Here's What You Need to Know.
United Parcel Service (UPS) is a behemoth in the shipping industry. With $60 billion in annual revenue (as of 2016), UPS is roughly the size of the entire economy of Uruguay. As the world's biggest mover of packages, UPS employs an enormous fleet of trucks, which means that even with all of UPS' cutting edge safety measures, their trucks are still involved in a significant number of accidents. If you've been injured by a UPS truck, it is not in their interest to voluntarily admit their liability for your injuries. Dallas truck accident attorney Michael Grossman explains some of the challenges victims can expect in trying to hold UPS accountable.
Questions Answered On This Page:
- What should I expect when pursuing a claim against UPS?
- What should I know about the company?
- Can you really successfully take on a company with so many resources and win?
UPS: An Overview
UPS was founded in 1907. In its century of business since that date, it has grown to be the largest package delivery company on earth. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), UPS has over 120,000 vehicles operating in the United States, driven by almost 100,000 drivers (as of 2018). In 2016, that fleet logged almost 2.7 billion miles on the road. For a bit of perspective, that's equivalent to the average distance between the Sun and Neptune, our most distant planet. Anyone who lives in an urban or suburban area anywhere in our country would be hard pressed to go a day without seeing a UPS truck on the road.
Our firm doesn't necessarily buy the argument that big companies, simply by virtue of their size, are inevitably going to be involved in accidents. However, in the case of UPS, their safety record indicates that, while far safer than many other trucking companies, they are still involved in a large number of crashes.
According to the FMCSA, over the past two years, UPS vehicles have been involved in 2,087 accidents. Of those accidents, 710 have resulted in injuries and another 57 have led to someone's death. That is almost 2 accidents every day involving a UPS truck and someone being injured or dying. Now, it's crucial to note that we're not suggesting UPS is responsible for all of these injuries and deaths, as that would be both unfair and unreasonable. At the same time, I've never heard of a situation where a UPS driver caused an accident and the company stepped in and made the victim whole for their losses. From the outside looking in, it appears that UPS was involved in 2,087 accidents, and their initial position in each and every one was that their driver wasn't at fault? Think about how likely that is for a second.
Just as it would be unfair for us to blame UPS for all of the accidents their drivers have been involved in, it is equally ridiculous that they would deny responsibility in over 2,000 accidents over a 2 year period. To be fair to UPS, our legal system affords them the presumption of innocence in each and every case. Denying responsibility isn't necessarily a sign they're hiding something, only an organization exercising rights that we're all blessed to enjoy.
With that being said, if you're someone whose life has been turned upside down by a negligent UPS driver, the company's rights are the least of your worries. In all likelihood, you can't work, have a mountain of debt, and need help. It's nice that UPS can exercise its rights, but who's going to protect yours?
Why You Need an Attorney
Lawsuits against larger companies like UPS usually take longer, use more financial resources, and are just about impossible to win without the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney. UPS has vast financial resources and can afford to keep and retain their own in-house counsel. While UPS is large, with tremendous resources, when facts and evidence are on your side, they're not unbeatable. The key is to find someone who can gather that evidence and wield it, both inside and outside the courtroom, to tell your story.
To sum up, you have a company whose revenue is larger than 100 countries around the world, whose vehicles are involved in an average of almost 2 accidents a day, and has the resources to retain the best defense attorneys in the business to deal with any lawsuits that may arise. You cannot like your odds in that fight unless you have expert help, the kind of help that you can find at Grossman Law Offices.
We have nearly 30 years of experience taking on all comers, big and small, and winning on behalf of our injured clients. Whether you live in Dallas, Texas or anywhere else across the country, award-winning truck accident attorney Michael Grossman is ready to help anyone injured by a UPS truck pursue their claim, and get what they are legally entitled to. If you need someone to help you go up against UPS, give us a call, toll free, at (855) 326-0000.
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