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The roadways of west Texas are filled with 18-wheelers and commercial vehicles. These trucks are responsible for numerous accidents throughout the region. When a semitruck hits another vehicle, it strikes with devastating force. Serious injury or death can happen.

But tragically, many truck accident victims do not receive the medical care and compensation they deserve. Trucking and insurance companies see to that by fighting each and every step of the way. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a truck accident, you need a team of aggressive attorneys on your side.

We Are Determined To Win

At Wyatt Law Firm, we are relentless in our quest for justice. Our lawyers have years of trial experience, a record of success and the resources to take on powerful corporate interests. We will work tenaciously to uncover the truth and obtain maximum compensation for you.

Our firm obtained $3,113,963 in net compensation for the family of a person who died in an 18-wheeler accident.

We aggressively seek results for people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and Laredo.

The Facts Behind Trucking Accidents

the national trial lawyers top 100Drivers And Companies Don’t Always Follow The Rules – There are extremely strong regulations in place for truck drivers and trucking companies. Despite these requirements, not every driver or company complies with the directives in place. Those drivers who operate in excess of service hours or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol increase the chances that an accident could happen.

Trucks Are Almost Always On The Roads – There’s no offseason for truckers or trucking companies. Even during the nationwide Covid-19 pandemic, big rigs are still all over the roads. It is an easy way to transport goods throughout the country or state. You can’t avoid sharing the road with trucks. You just have to be prepared and extra cautious when around them on highways or other roadways in your neighborhood.

The Injuries Are More Serious – The size and weight of the trucks makes them impossible to maneuver or stop. Cars can hit trucks in spots that offer little to no protection for the passenger vehicle’s occupants, such as collisions with a truck’s underride guards or side skirts. Accidents that involve sudden lane changes or abrupt stops are very difficult for motorists to avoid. If an accident happens, those in the car can suffer traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, and in some cases, there may even be the loss of life. These are not just inconvenient fender-benders. These are life-changing crashes.

TEXAS’ “DEATH HIGHWAY”

While it is true that a trucking accident can happen at almost any place at any time, there are some roadways in Texas where an alarming number of serious wrecks have occurred over the years. One of the more dangerous roadways in the state is Route 285. This roadway runs through the Permian Basin in Pecos County and Reeves County, and is frequently traveled by trucks traveling to and from oil drilling sites in the area. In the past decade, over 100 people have been killed in accidents on this road. This number is substantially higher than other roads in the state.

Truckers in this region are often new to the job, and face significant demands on-the-job. They often find themselves working 14 hours a day or longer, which makes it difficult for them to get the rest they need between trips. Due to their inexperience and heavy workloads, the chance that they will make a tragic mistake is incredibly high. Companies push the drivers to do more in a shorter amount of time to make more money, and these behaviors place all motorists in the region at risk.

Don’t Let An Insurance Company Take Advantage Of You

After being injured in an accident, you might not know what to expect. When the insurance company calls, expressing seemingly genuine concern about your condition, know that they might not be all that concerned about your condition. They are looking for any information they can use to lessen the amount of compensation they will be responsible for in your case. This is true even of your own insurance company, who is more concerned about their bottom line than your health, even after you have paid your premiums on time over the years.

When a big rig accident happens, trucking companies and their insurers take fast action to protect their interests. They have a team of investigators at the accident scene collecting evidence they can use against you. You need to know how they act, because if you make a mistake, you could end up costing yourself significant compensation that you will need to make ends meet while you are recovering.

Insurance companies are highly experienced in lowballing settlements and shifting liability onto anyone but themselves. Don’t let this happen to you. Before you speak with any insurance company, we strongly recommend that you seek legal counsel in order to protect yourself.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Every day, thousands of trucks, delivery vans and other commercial vehicles travel on streets and highways in Texas. While some commercial vehicle drivers are paid by the hour, others are subject to strict performance standards. In the rush to complete their work duties, some drivers may engage in risky driving behavior, such as speeding, sudden lane changes, operating hand-held devices, and sailing through red lights. The result? Serious and deadly accidents.

Wyatt Law Firm represents people in personal injury cases involving all types of commercial vehicles, including:

  • Local delivery vehicles
  • UPS and FedEx vehicles
  • Construction vehicles
  • Buses operated by private and public transit companies
  • Taxis
  • Semitrucks
  • Other types of commercial vehicles

Driver Fatigue Accidents

Though Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued regulations specifying the maximum time commercial drivers can operate their vehicles, some drivers ignore these rules. As everyone knows, a tired driver is a potentially dangerous driver. This is one of the leading causes of accidents in Texas.

Failed Maintenance

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are 3,341 fatal traffic accidents and 60,000 injury-causing traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks every year. Texas leads the nation when it comes to large-truck involvement in fatal crashes. Many factors contribute to these types of accidents, but in every crash, there are at least three factors at play:

  • The driver
  • The truck
  • Road conditions

Even when road conditions are great and the driver is doing everything right, accidents can still occur if the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is not properly maintained. The maintenance of a commercial vehicle lies on the trucking company’s shoulders.

Ongoing Maintenance of 18-Wheelers

Trucking companies are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of their vehicles. This can include things like:

  • Brake replacement
  • Tire rotation, maintaining appropriate air pressure, and tire replacement
  • Headlight and taillight replacement

Trucking companies operate on strict deadlines to move cargo in as little time possible. Unfortunately, this professional haste can lead to waiving proper safety and maintenance. When this happens, people get hurt. If you were involved in a truck accident caused by maintenance failure (brake failure, for example), you may have a claim against the driver or their trucking company.

Truck Scales and Police Stops

Truck scales (also called “weigh stations”) are designed to regulate CMVs and big rigs on our nation’s highways and interstates. If a truck does not pass a maintenance inspection, police may hold the vehicle there or issue a “fix-it” ticket. If a driver continues to drive for longer than the permitted time after a warning or fix-it ticket, and a maintenance-related accident occurs, the driver could also be held responsible for that accident.

A fully loaded commercial truck or big rig can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – and even more when improperly loaded. Accidents involving vehicles like these can have disastrous consequences for all involved.

FedEx Ground Accidents

Driver fatigue is a rampant problem in the trucking industry. According to a survey of commercial truck drivers, approximately 25% of them admitted to falling asleep at the wheel just within the month prior to taking the survey. In recent years, there have been multiple fatigue-related accidents specifically involving FedEx Ground drivers.

About FedEx Ground Drivers

FedEx Ground drivers are different than most delivery truck drivers. This is because FedEx uses independent contractors for their Ground program, rather than FedEx employees. Because the drivers are independent contractors, FedEx Ground says that certain factors that could disqualify truckers slip through the cracks.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) compiled data that indicated contracted FedEx Ground drivers drive more annual miles than any other drivers with FedEx – more than 1.5 billion.

Hours of Service Regulations

In response to the burgeoning fatigue-related accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) instituted Hours of Service regulations for drivers of commercial motor vehicles, also called “CMVs.” The final draft was published in December 2011.

Hours of Service regulations accomplish the following:

  • Limit truck drivers to 11 hours maximum driving time, and only after 10 consecutive hours off the job. The ratio for passenger-carrying truckers is a 10-hour limit after 8 hours off of work.
  • Prevents truckers from driving if 8 hours have not passed since the end of their last 30-minute resting period.
  • Drivers are not allowed to drive more than 60 hours in 7 consecutive days, or 70 hours in 8 consecutive days.

These and other HOS regulations were instituted to prevent serious collisions; however, fatigue can also be caused by the time of day/night the trucker is driving. For example, a trucker may have gotten enough sleep, but driving at 3am may still result in fatigue. Statistics also indicate that fatigue might have something to do with distance, as 65% of fatal crashes occur on trips where the driver traveled more than 51 miles.

Improper Loading Accidents

Were you involved in an accident with a commercial truck such as a semi-truck, tractor-trailer or big rig? One potential cause of these types of accidents is improper loading. The federal government carefully regulates the loading of commercial vehicles because overloaded, heavy vehicles are more prone to becoming involved in fatal and injury crashes. A fully loaded commercial vehicle can already weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Overloading these vehicles can have serious implications.

Not only that, but improperly securing a load also makes a commercial truck more prone to jackknife accidents. Jackknife trucking accidents often occur when a load shifts, throwing the trailer off-balance. Rather than following behind the truck, a simple tap on the brakes can cause the truck’s trailer to slide perpendicular to the truck’s cab.

If improperly loading a big rig is so dangerous, why do it? Truckers do this because of pressure from their employers. Their goal is to get as much cargo to the destination as fast as possible. When profit comes before safety, serious accidents can occur.

Federal Cargo Securement Requirements

As of January 2004, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted new, stricter requirements for cargo securing. To learn about those new requirements in more detail, view a brief overview of FMCSA cargo securement regulations.

Texas Weight Limits for Commercial Trucks

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), commercial trucks can weigh no more than 80,000 pounds. The weight limit decreases for single-axle and other, smaller types of trucks.

  • Gross weight of a commercial truck – 80,000 lbs
  • Single axle truck – 20,000 lbs
  • Two (Tandem) axle trucks – 34,000 lbs
  • Triple axle trucks – 42,000 lbs
  • Quad axle trucks – 50,000 lbs

Common Causes of 18-Wheeler And Commercial Vehicle Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are 3,341 fatal traffic accidents and 60,000 injury-causing traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks every year. Texas leads the nation when it comes to large-truck involvement in fatal crashes. The most common causes of big-truck accidents are discussed below.

I. Driver Fatigue

How Driver Fatigue Causes Big-Rig Accidents

Everyone has a wake/sleep cycle (“circadian rhythm”) that affects a person’s level of alertness and cognitive abilities. When a person gets inadequate sleep, natural drowsiness intensifies, and this may adversely affect one’s driving abilities. Trucking accidents that are caused by a fatigued driver falling asleep at the wheel are inexcusable. Victims of these types of accidents can potentially hold both the driver and his or her trucking company liable for damage sustained.

Truckers Who Drive At Night

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study and an important conclusion: the time of day affects driver alertness more than the number of hours driven. Most people who have a “normal” schedule (that is, those who are awake during daylight hours and sleep at night), become drowsy at night, especially after midnight.

According to FMCSA, this drowsiness may be enhanced when drivers have been on the road for an extended period. Regardless of how many hours of sleep or off-duty time they have, nighttime drivers are statistically more likely to fall asleep at the wheel and become involved in fatigue-related accidents than truckers who drive during the day. Other studies have found that driving during nighttime and early morning hours has more to do with crash rates than hours of sleep or hours off-duty.

Drowsy Driving Vs. Drunk Driving: Which Is More Dangerous?

A recent study found that the effects of driving while sleep-deprived or tired are more severe than the effects of driving while intoxicated. Another study conducted by the AAA Foundation found that drowsy driving is responsible for approximately one out of every six fatal car accidents. Stated another way: drowsy driving is a factor in 17 percent of all fatal car crashes. Due to the size and mass of commercial trucks, the outcome of drowsy driving crashes can be disastrous.

II. Improperly Loaded Vehicles

Regulation Of Commercial Vehicles And Overloading

The federal government tightly regulates the loading of commercial vehicles because overloaded, heavy vehicles are more prone to becoming involved in fatal injuries and crashes. A fully loaded commercial vehicle can already weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Overloading these vehicles can have serious implications. Improperly securing a load also makes a commercial truck more prone to jackknife accidents. Jackknife trucking accidents often occur when a load shifts, throwing the trailer off balance. Rather than following behind the truck, a simple tap on the brakes can cause the truck’s trailer to slide perpendicular to the truck’s cab.

According to the North American Cargo Securement Standard, (Section 2.3) these conditions must be met before someone can drive a commercial motor vehicle:

These components of a commercial motor vehicle’s structure and equipment must be secured:

  • Tailgate
  • Doors
  • Tarpaulins
  • Spare tire
  • Other equipment used in the vehicle’s operation
  • Cargo securing equipment

No truck component, object or cargo can:

  • Obscure the view of the driver ahead or to the right or left sides (drivers of self-steer dollies excepted)
  • Prevent the free movement of the driver’s legs or arms
  • Obstruct the driver’s access to emergency equipment of accessories
  • Prevent the ready exit of any person from the vehicle’s cab or driver’s compartment

How Well Must Cargo Be Secured?

The Cargo Must Not:

  • Leak
  • Spill
  • Blow off the vehicle
  • Fall from the vehicle
  • Fall through the vehicle
  • Otherwise become dislodged from the vehicle
  • Shift upon or within the vehicle to such an extent that the vehicle’s stability or maneuverability is adversely affected

If improperly loading a big rig is so dangerous, why do it? Truckers do this because of pressure from their employers. Their goal is to get as much cargo to the destination as fast as possible. When profit comes before safety, serious accidents can occur.

III. Failed Vehicle Maintenance

Truck Accidents Involving Improper Maintenance

According to FMCSA:

“Vehicle maintenance (e.g., brakes, lights, other mechanical defects and load securement) is one of the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) for motor carrier safety measurement. In January 2014, FMCSA published the Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) Effectiveness Test by BASICs study. This published study showed that motor carriers targeted for interventions due to vehicle maintenance have a 65 percent greater future crash rate than the national average.”

Ongoing Maintenance Of 18-Wheelers

Trucking companies are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of their vehicles. This can include things like:

  • Brake replacement
  • Tire rotation, maintaining appropriate air pressure and tire replacement
  • Headlight and taillight replacement

Trucking companies are on strict deadlines to get their cargo to the desired destination in as little time as possible. Unfortunately, this desire is often directly opposed to safety and maintenance. When profit comes before safety, people often get hurt. If you were involved in a truck accident caused by something like brake failure, you may have a claim against the driver and the trucking company.

IV. Off-Tracking

Even in the best driving conditions, with the clearest visibility, driving a large truck safely in traffic can be a challenge due to the vehicle’s sheer size and weight.

One of the most difficult skills for drivers to master is the avoidance of “off-tracking.” When a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle enters a curve, the centerline of the trailer axle begins to trace a path that is different from the centerline of the tractor front axle. This difference in paths, which also coincides with the difference in paths between the inside front tractor wheel and the inside trailer wheel, is called the off-tracking of the vehicle. This typically occurs when a driver attempts to make a wide turn when there isn’t enough space to properly do so safely.

V. Air Brakes And Driver Reaction Time

A semitruck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Most passenger vehicles weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds.

Let’s compare the stopping distance of a typical passenger vehicle to that of a semi. In ideal conditions, a car weighing 4,000 pounds, traveling at a speed of 65 miles per hour will take 316 feet to stop. On the other hand, a fully loaded semi weighing 80,000 pounds traveling at the same speed and in the same conditions will take 525 feet to stop.

Determining Stopping Distance

Total stopping distance is how long a vehicle will travel from the instant a driver sees a hazard, presses the brake pedal and the vehicle comes to a complete stop. There are three components to total stopping distance:

  1. Perception distance – This is the distance a vehicle will travel during the time the driver perceives a hazard and decides to slow down or stop.
  2. Reaction distance – This is the distance a vehicle will travel between the time the driver decides to brake and presses the brake pedal.
  3. Braking distance – This is the distance a vehicle will travel between the moment the driver presses the brake pedal until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.

Brake Lag

When it comes to braking, there is another critical factor: brake lag. Tractor-trailer trucks use air brakes rather than the hydraulic brakes used on regular passenger vehicles. Hydraulic brakes work much faster than air brakes. With air brakes, the air pressure must build until it is sufficient to begin the braking process. If a driver miscalculates the distance at which he or she should begin braking, serious accidents can occur.

VI. What Should Be Done Immediately After An Accident With An 18-Wheeler Or Commercial Vehicle?

1. Do not move your vehicle, contact the local authorities and seek medical attention.

2. If possible, gather the contact information of any available witnesses and begin taking photos and gathering evidence.

3. Request a police report and seek professional legal consultation.

When You Are Involved In An Accident With A Commercial Vehicle, Time Is Of The Essence

There are significant differences in accidents involving a regular vehicle versus one that involves a commercial vehicle. First, the most noticeable difference is the sheer damage that can be caused by a truck that can weigh 40 tons or more. In addition to the damage caused to your vehicle by the weight and size of the truck, there is also a team of individuals that will come to the defense of truck drivers and the company responsible.

Following an accident, some commercial truck drivers first call their company’s risk management team, prior to alerting authorities or seeking medical attention for individuals who have been injured. There have been instances where the trucking company’s defense team make it to the accident site while law enforcement authorities are still conducting their investigations.

Unfortunately, this type of response gives the defense team a huge advantage and can affect witness statements and the alteration or outright disappearance of critical evidence. Today’s commercial vehicles have multiple electronic sensors that are tied into computer systems for data collection and transmission. You must have a legal team and experts with the knowledge, tools and software to identify, gather and preserve as much information as possible to maximize your ability to recover. Such systems include:

  • Electronic control module (ECM)
  • Dashcam or digital video recording system
  • Wingman or similar onboard radar system (VORAD)
  • Electronic log systems
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Cellphone data

VII. Physical And Emotional Effects After An Accident

Delayed Response To The Accident

Following a car accident, it is wise to seek immediate medical attention, however sometimes this initial visit may not identify all physical or psychological injuries incurred. Often, when someone is involved in a traumatic experience, their internal “fight or flight” protective mechanism, takes over and releases adrenaline into the body. While this reaction is natural and helpful in the moment, it is also temporary and can mask the pain resulting from significant injuries incurred during the accident.

Common delayed injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability, sleep disturbances or fatigue
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Changes in personality or physical function

It is imperative that any person involved in an accident, not only seeks immediate treatment but also is seen by a doctor for any lingering injuries not initially identified. It is also important to understand that mental pain and anguish should be treated with the same urgency as physical injuries. Consider taking detailed notes about your injuries and keeping a daily journal regarding your medical care and treatment.

Most Frequent Truck Driver Violations In 2017*

1. Operating vehicle not having the required operable lamps, 488,895 violations of code §393.9

2. Log violation (general/form and manner), 170,721 violations of code §395.8

3. Driver’s record of duty status not current, 71,004 violations of code §395.8F1

4. Speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit, 66,930 violations of code §392.2SLLS2

5. Driving beyond 8-hour limit, 51,149 violations of code §395.3A3II

6. Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate, 45,749 violations of code §391.41AF

7. Speeding 11-14 miles per hour over the speed limit, 30,743 violations of code §392.2SLLS3

8. Lane restriction violation, 28,770 violations of code §392.2LV

9. Driving beyond 11-hour limit in a 14-hour period, 19,190 violations of code §395.3A3PROP,

10. Speeding 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, 16,299 violations of code §392.2SLLS4

*Data Source: FMCSA, Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), data snapshot as of January 26, 2018.

Negligent Trucking Company Hiring Practices

The U.S. relies heavily on the trucking industry for our growing economy. Due to the regular shortage of applications for trucking positions, even responsible trucking companies are forced to lower their hiring standards or overlook red flags on applicants’ driving records. In addition, many truck drivers are under-supervised and lack the training and experience to safely perform the duties of the job.

Examples Of Negligent Hiring Practices

The problem of too few applicants is certainly a challenge, but there has to be a better solution than putting dangerous drivers behind the wheel of large commercial trucks and hoping for the best. Across the U.S., we have seen cases where injuries or deaths occurred because trucking companies ignored these red flags in the driving records of job applicants:

  • History of DWIs
  • History of accidents
  • One or more license revocations
  • Mishandling of hazardous materials
  • History of road rage

Oilfield Trucking Accident Statistics

From 2009 to 2013, traffic deaths involving commercial trucks increased by 51% in Texas. Since the fracking and drilling boom, accident rates continue to climb in our state at a terrifying rate. Long hours, shoddy mechanics, and negligent hiring, among other factors, have all contributed to oilfield trucking accidents in Texas.

Accidents In The Permian Basin

The Permian Basin is an area in Texas and part of New Mexico that spans 59 counties and 75,000 square miles. The area is rich in rock deposits that oil companies flock to for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and drilling for oil extraction. In counties in the Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale regions, death from traffic accidents rose by 11 percent from 2009-2013.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there was a 15% increase in accidents in the Permian Basin between 2012 and 2013. This is due in large part to the oil boom and the increased oilfield trucking traffic. Some statistics even suggest that there is an average of one fatality per day in this area.

Consider some of these accident statistics (2009-2013) coming from other major shale-producing counties:

  • Midland County – fatalities increased by 47%
  • Bexar County – fatalities increased by 24%
  • Harris County – fatalities increased by 8%

Long Hours = Increased Accidents

Many of these accidents have likely been caused by the exorbitantly long shifts oil field employees work. Because the business is lucrative, oil field employees will often voluntarily choose to work as much as possible for as long as possible. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict Hours of Service standards that truckers must abide by, but many drivers exceed driving limits and skip mandatory resting breaks because they are under immense pressure from their employers to speed up delivery.

The oil boom has also led to many cut corners. Many trucking companies have a huge need for oilfield truck drivers, so they hire people who do not have the proper licensing, proper experience, or adequate insurance. Texas’ Department of Public Safety conducted a road check recently and found that as many as 30% of Texas commercial truckers shouldn’t even be on the road due to factors like:

  • Driver intoxication
  • Low tread / overworn tires
  • Bad brakes

Accident rates in the Permian Basin and other oil-heavy areas of Texas have continued to increase despite increased efforts by the Department of Public Safety, which has doubled its audits and truck inspections since the fracking boom started.

Accident Trends Continue To Rise In Texas

While accident trends have largely been on the decline in the U.S., they have experienced a steady increase in Texas due to the oil drilling and fracking boom initiated in 2008. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, trucking accident fatalities are higher in Texas than in any other state.

Truck Insurance Companies

Getting into an accident with a big rig is a completely different experience than it is with another passenger vehicle. Because of the discrepancy in size and make of the two vehicles, a collision with a truck can be highly dangerous, if not fatal. Big rigs also carry potentially hazardous material that can lead to more extensive damage. Because of these liabilities, truck companies are required to be able to pay for any potential damages or injuries an accident would cause.

Driving big rigs is dangerous with the potential for major damage. The insurance companies understand that, which is why they need specific policies to ensure proper coverage. The truck drivers have strict insurance policies protecting them. The companies fight for them. Who is fighting for you?

The Minimum Requirements For Trucking Insurance

Because trucks and big rigs are so large and carry dangerous material, they have the potential to cause a lot of harm. This means they need more coverage to ensure they are financially responsible in the case of an accident.

Trucks carrying non-hazardous materials need a minimum of $750,000 in liability to cover the cost of potential damages. This is for trucks that weigh more than 10,001 pounds and that travel between interstates and countries.

Generally, trucks carrying hazardous materials must have liability insurance that covers at least $5,000,000. For-hire or private trucks that are carrying hazardous materials should have $1,000,000 in liability insurance.

Trucking insurance companies fight aggressively on behalf of their clients. The moment you collide into a big rig, their insurance company begins putting a case together to make sure they do not have to pay the money owed to you.

UPS Truck Accidents

There are approximately 120,000 trucks in the UPS fleet. With high demand for package delivery and large profits to be made, companies like UPS have been known to push safety to the back burner.

UPS Drivers Are Frequently Involved In Accidents

With UPS delivery trucks driving across the entire U.S., many people learn firsthand just how life-altering it can be to get into an accident with one. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that from December 2015 to December 2017, UPS drivers were involved in 2,003 crashes, resulting in 689 injuries and 49 deaths. That is a 38 percent increase in deaths since 2012 when package delivery wasn’t as widely used.

UPS Accident Causes

UPS drivers are as prone to operator error as any other driver, but the unyielding delivery demands can put them on the road for longer and also put additional pressure on them. The key difference between UPS drivers and everyday motorists is how much more dangerous their large delivery vehicles are.

Some of the most common causes of accidents involving UPS trucks are:

  • Left turns into oncoming traffic
  • Poor training
  • Failure to merge properly
  • Parking brake failure
  • Frequent reversing

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