Over the past decade, Americans have increasingly turned to online shopping as a means of purchasing goods and services. Large online retailers such as Amazon offer consumers an easy way to purchase goods from the comfort of their own homes and have them delivered to their doorstep. In order to keep up with the delivery demand, national delivery companies like UPS have been forced to increase the size of their delivery fleets. UPS now boasts nearly 100,000 delivery trucks that operate 7 days a week. As a result, the risk of truck accidents has inevitably increased as well.
What Are Potential Causes of UPS Truck Accidents?
UPS employs roughly 60,000 drivers who log almost 900 million miles annually, and those numbers are expected to increase. As a result, accidents are bound to happen. However, some think the company's "efficiency" leads to more accidents than should be expected.
- Driver fatigue due to lack of rest or breaks
- Speeding to meet deadlines
- Distractions or inattention
- Failure to perform maintenance
- Driving while under the influence
- Bad weather conditions
- Improperly loaded trucks
- Lack of driver training
All of these hazards are unnecessary risks to other motorists on the road. Drivers who are hurried to make scheduled deliveries can be prone to speeding or other reckless driving. Additionally, trucks that are loaded improperly in a rush to get them on the road can affect how the truck handles, making it difficult to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
Past UPS Truck Accident Statistics
Below are statistics from a study of UPS accident data for the two-year period prior to October 2012:
- UPS trucks were involved in 1,448 accidents
- Injuries were reported in 541 of those accidents
- 39 UPS truck accidents resulted in 1 or more fatalities
- 7.5% of UPS trucks inspected over the same 2-year period were declared out of service
While UPS has striven to take measures to improve driver safety and minimize accidents caused by their trucks, their trucks still cause numerous accidents every year. Unfortunately, the sheer size of the UPS fleet increases the risk for truck accidents and the news is commonly littered with stories involving semi-truck accidents.
Were You Involved in a Truck Accident? Get Help!
If you were injured in an accident with a UPS truck or other commercial delivery vehicle, it is important that you consult with a skilled commercial truck accident attorney. In many cases, it may take a thorough investigation to determine who is at fault. For example, in the case of an overloaded or improperly loaded truck, it may be necessary to inspect loading logs that were not available at the scene of the accident. Additionally, investigations into factors such as the truck driver's driving history could affect which parties can be held liable for the accident.
Overall, commercial truck accidents can be extremely complex and difficult, especially when large trucking or delivery companies involve their lawyers. That is why you need to ensure you have a strong and reliable advocate on your side!
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