Here's What You Need to Know About UPS Accidents

United Parcel Service Inc., better known as UPS, is the biggest trucking company in the United States. In 2013, the combined revenue of UPS and UPS Freight was more than $10,000 million more than its closest competitor.

 

Given UPS’ dominance them it is highly probable that if you have been injured in a car-versus-truck wreck in Texas, the trucking company involved was UPS. If so, it is important that you consult with an experienced truck wreck injury lawyer as soon as possible if you are to have a realistic chance of securing the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

 

Call the Anderson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation: toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.

UPS Trucks Can Be Dangerous

Although it may be easy to think that UPS trucks are not dangerous because they only carry mail and other types of light cargo, UPS trucks can be as dangerous as other commercial vehicles. Often times, UPS drivers can carry heavy boxes of shipment in their trucks. If a UPS truck impacts a car, the weight of the cargo that the driver is carrying can be enough to place an additional force against the car that was hit. Even more, UPS accidents can be dangerous for UPS drivers themselves. As is commonly seen, UPS drivers often drive with one of their doors open or off. This means that in the event of an accident, UPS drivers would rely on their seatbelts for protection. In essence, there is risk for both the UPS driver and the victim of a UPS accident.

UPS Company Profile

 

UPS is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Their USDOT number is 21800. According to the FMCSA, UPS currently employs 87,401 drivers operating 98,365 power units.

 

BASICs Safety Rating

 

Average data compiled for 2013 ranks UPS in the following percentiles:

Unsafe Driving = 5.8

HOS Compliance = 10.8

Driver Fitness = 25.3

Vehicle Maintenance = 16.225

 

UPS Crash History

 

According to the FMCSA, UPS were involved in a total of 1,573 crashes in the US in the 24 months preceding 05/26/2014. 39 of these crashes resulted in a fatality, with 570 involving injury.

 

In 2013 UPS trucks were involved in 833 total collisions nationwide. 19 resulted in a fatality. 294 resulted in injury.

 

80 of these wrecks occurred in Texas.

 

All told, 28 people were injured in UPS wrecks in Texas in 2013, and there was one fatality.

 

Cities where accidents which resulted in injuries occurred are as follows:

  • Dallas, TX (Dallas County) – 2 injuries
  • Euless, TX (Tarrant County) – 1 injury
  • Huntsville, TX (Walker County) – 1 injury
  • McAllen, TX (Henderson County) – 1 injury
  • Nacogdoches, TX (Nacogdoches County) – 1 injury
  • North Richland Hills, TX (Tarrant County) – 1 injury
  • Plano, TX (Collin County) – 1 injury, 1 fatality
  • Unspecified, Atascosa County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Bexar County – 2 injuries
  • Unspecified, Brazoria County – 2 injuries
  • Unspecified, Caldwell County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Dallas County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, El Paso County – 2 injuries
  • Unspecified, Erath County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Hamilton County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Harris County – 2 injuries
  • Unspecified, Houston County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Nacogdoches County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Rusk County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Travis County – 1 injury
  • Unspecified, Van Zandt County – 2 injuries
  • Unspecified, Williamson County – 1 injury

 

As of May 27, 2014, UPS trucks have been involved in a total of 274 wrecks nationwide so far this year. Seven of these resulted in a fatality. 93 resulted in injury.

 

UPS Inspection Violations

 

The following data is based on inspections conducted on UPS trucks in the 24 months preceding 05/26/2014. In total, UPS trucks and drivers combined underwent 9,598 inspections during this period and received the following violations according to the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System:

 

Driver Violations

  • Medical Certificate = 76
  • Failure To Obey Traffic Control Device = 188
  • No Log Book/Log Not Current/General Log Violations = 29
  • 1/15 Hours = 2
  • All Other Hours-Of-Service = 122
  • Disqualified Drivers = 8
  • Seat Belt = 21
  • Traffic Enforcement = 4
  • Radar Detectors = 4
  • All Other Driver Violations = 584
  • Failure To Yield Right Of Way = 11
  • Size And Weight = 479
  • Improper Turns = 7
  • Speeding = 785
  • Reckless Driving = 3
  • Improper Passing = 5
  • Improper Lane Change = 73
  • Following Too Closely = 47
  • State/Local Hours Of Service = 11

 

Vehicle Violations

  • Emergency Equipment = 130
  • Periodic Inspection = 18
  • All Other Vehicle Defects = 790
  • Wheels, Studs, Clamps, Etc. = 30
  • Tires = 226
  • Suspension = 29
  • Lighting = 988
  • Frames = 25
  • Fuel Systems = 14
  • Coupling Devices = 18
  • Brakes, All Others = 707
  • Steering Mechanism = 45

 

Hazmat Violations

  • Improper Blocking And Bracing = 4
  • Shipping Paper = 9
  • Improper Placarding = 2
  • All Other MH Violations = 9
  • Emergency Response = 3

 

What To Do If You’ve Been In a UPS Accident

 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident which involved a UPS truck, it is vital that you are fully informed of your legal right prior to negotiating with UPS, their insurance company, or their legal representation.

 

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