Are UPS Trucks Safe?
UPS has a safety rating of ‘satisfactory’ from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The company’s fleet of vehicles and drivers both have out-of-service rates below the national average:
- UPS Delivery Vehicle Out-of-Service Rate: 7.6%. National Average: 20.7%
- UPS Delivery Driver Out-of-Service Rate: 1%. National Average: 5.5%
Nevertheless, UPS delivery vehicles are routinely involved in accidents, some of which lead to catastrophic injuries or even death. According to FMCSA data, out of 9,528 vehicle inspections, 2,495 were cited for maintenance violations.
UPS drivers are trained to be expedient and make sure they reach all the stops on their routes on time to make deliveries. Occasionally, this rush can lead to mistakes. According to FMCSA data, out of 13,849 driver inspections, 1,815 UPS drivers had unsafe driving violations.
Recent UPS Truck Accidents and Incidents
- Auburn, Washington – On Jan. 9, 2019, a woman on a mobility scooter was killed after a collision with a UPS truck.
- Louisville, Kentucky – On Nov. 13, 2018, a UPS driver was arrested by local police for driving a UPS truck and making deliveries while intoxicated. According to the report, the UPS driver had a blood alcohol level of .316, while the legal limit is .08.
- Double Diamond, Nevada – On June 26, 2018, an eight-year-old girl riding her bicycle was struck and killed by a UPS truck.
- Iberia Parish, Louisiana – On June 11, 2018, a 60-year-old man attempting to enter a convenience store was struck and killed by a UPS truck.
- Brooklyn, New York – On Feb. 17, 2018, a UPS truck hit a 27-year-old woman, killing her.
- Dallas, Texas – On Nov. 13, 2017, a UPS truck crash killed three people.
- Center City, Pennsylvania – On Sept. 14, 2017, a 91-year-old woman was struck by a UPS delivery truck.
You Need a Board-Certified UPS Truck Accident Attorney On Your Side
After a crash, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced trucking lawyer as soon as you are able. Retaining a truck accident law firm—one that has experience going toe-to-toe against UPS—levels the playing field and gives you the best chance to maximize the compensation to which you and your family members are entitled.
If you or a member of your family were the victim of a UPS truck crash, you need a truck accident attorney with experience litigating cases against major trucking companies. Our firm will aggressively pursue claims to maximize compensation and hold the company accountable for any negligence.
Call us today at (855) 948-5098 to speak with a UPS truck accident lawyer. We offer free, no-hassle case evaluations and can answer any questions you may have.