It’s not easy to become a driver for UPS or FedEx; the application process requires a physical because there will be long hours of lifting heavy packages and navigating unfamiliar roads. You would have to have a clean driving record, no problems with drugs or alcohol and know how to operate a vehicle in adverse weather conditions. Despite all of this, accidents still happen.
If you find yourself in an accident with a package delivery truck, contact the experienced Houston-area truck accident attorney Brian White. Brian has the knowledge and the expertise to handle your claim with care and fight on your behalf for just compensation after you’ve been injured in an accident.
UPS & FedEx Accident Statistics
UPS employs more than 87,000 drivers, and FedEx has almost 19,000; these numbers are likely higher during the holiday season. About 3.5 billion miles are driven collectively throughout the year, at a total of millions of operating hours. Each outfit operates hundreds of thousands of delivery trucks of all sizes.
From 2010-2012 UPS trucks were involved in 541 injurious accidents, 39 of which were fatal. During the same time period, FedEx drivers had 197 injurious accidents, and 11 were fatal. However, the injury and fatality accident rates were negligible, due to FedEx having driven 2.5 billion fewer miles than UPS did during that time span.
UPS trucks were in an accident at a rate of 6.28 per 10 million miles, and FedEx had a rate of 7.02 per 10 million miles. In 2014, UPS drivers were in 10 accidents for every 100,000 driver hours.
Delivery Truck Accident Common Causes
A lot of the same things that cause normal car accidents – such as inattentive driving, speeding or following too closely – also cause delivery truck accidents. Other circumstances that may cause a wreck which apply specifically to UPS and FedEx trucks are:
- Improper loading or stacking – There is a specific way that packages must be stacked and restrained inside the truck in order to prevent jostling or tipping. If the accident were due to this, your lawyer would check loading logs to see who is responsible, if it’s not the driver.
- Insufficient training – Driving a delivery truck is much different than the usual cars and trucks on the road, and it takes training to learn how to operate them safely. Be it a bad instructor or the driver a poor learner, the training itself may have been inadequate.
- Unrealistic schedules – Delivery schedules can be tight, and when on a short deadline, drivers may operate their vehicle unsafely or with little rest. If this is the case, then a company could be held liable for their hazardous treatment of the drivers.
If the driver or the company by whom they are employed has been negligent, and that negligence caused the accident, then you deserve to receive damages for their mistakes.
UPS & FedEx Safety Regulations
A prospective driver for any mail delivery service has to work their way towards being a full-time driver by going through extensive training and abide by a number of regulations. UPS alone spends almost $845 million on training for the operation of all the various equipment; drivers undergo 30 hours of testing and classroom time before even getting on the road.
UPS and FedEx drivers have to be trained for more than just the safe operation of their vehicle. Every time a package changes location, such as from a plane to truck or warehouse to truck, it has to be scanned. The proper handling of hazardous materials is another example of what drivers must know, but the majority of their training focuses on the driving aspect.
Distracted driving, vehicle inspection, operating in adverse weather conditions and more are all things that are covered in driver training. Rewards are given for remaining accident-free, along with other recognition for driving safely. These practices help encourage the attentive operation of the vehicle, and give drivers the motivation to remain focused while on the clock.
UPS & FedEx Insurance Policy
How much insurance is a driver required to carry? For all UPS ground carriers, each vehicle carries $1 million of liability insurance. This number could vary based on limitations, exclusions, and deductions, but this is the figure cited by UPS. FedEx carries $5 million in insurance, but the same provisions apply.
What Should I Do If I’m In An Accident With UPS Or FedEx?
You would do the exact same things here as you would in a normal car accident, with a few extra details. The driver will likely have an employee ID number as well as a special license certifying them to operate that vehicle. Be sure to note these as well as the circumstances of the accident. Talk to witnesses if there were any, take pictures of the scene and most of all, file a police report. This ensures that all information will be taken down just in case an accurate recount in settlement negotiations or trial is necessary.
How Do I File a Claim Against UPS?
The difference between UPS, FedEx, and the USPS is that the latter is a federal mail delivery service. If you were to be in an accident with them, you wouldn’t sue the driver or even technically the company. You would have to sue the federal government. An accident with a FedEx or UPS driver is a bit more straightforward.
You can file a claim against the UPS or FedEx driver themselves the same as you would in a normal car accident. In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. Texas also operates under the modified comparative fault rule, which means that if you were awarded $10,000 in damages but were found to be 25 percent at fault, you would only receive $7,500 of that. However, if you are found to be 51 percent or more at fault, the law states that you are not entitled to any compensation at all.
If you were injured in an accident with a commercial delivery truck, don’t hesitate; your first move should be to contact an attorney. Brian White has handled numerous truck accident cases in Houston, and has the experience necessary to deal with the large companies. Brian White will ensure that you receive fair compensation. Call (713)224-4878 for a free consultation.