A UPS Truck Hit Your Car? Here’s What to Do

Image of the back of a FedEx and UPS delivery truck for a delivery truck accident

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what brand of truck or which company it belongs to. All major brands and delivery companies must have auto insurance and great policies for it.

What to Do (and Not to Do) in an Accident with a Delivery Truck

In today’s busy world of online shopping and speedy deliveries, we often see big delivery trucks like UPS, FedEx, and DHL on the roads. These commercial trucks play a big role in getting our packages to our doorsteps. I don’t know what we would do without them. I love when my packages arrive at my home with the click of a button. Don’t you? However, accidents involving these trucks can happen, and it’s important to know what to do (and what not to do) if you find yourself in such a situation as this.

Image of a FedEx semi truck in an accident
Do you know anyone injured this way?

Imagine this, you’re driving down the road, and suddenly a UPS truck appears in front of you. Accidents can be scary, but staying calm is key.

Here are some important steps to remember if you’re in an accident involving a delivery truck:

  1. Check for Injuries: The first thing to do is check yourself and others for any injuries, bleeding, broken bones, etc. Your safety and the safety of others involved should always come first.
  2. Call for Help: Dial 911 immediately to report the accident and request medical assistance if needed. It’s crucial to have professionals on the scene as soon as possible. If there’s bleeding, an injury to the head, or you’re just unsure, calling for medical assistance is a must.
  3. Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance details with the truck driver. Make sure to get the truck’s company name (like UPS, FedEx, or DHL), license plate number, and driver’s information. Ask to see the insurance information and the driver’s license as well. Take pictures with your phone quickly. Make sure the pictures you take are clear and not blurry.
  4. Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, including any damages to vehicles and road conditions. This documentation can be valuable later on. Text the photos to a spouse or trusted friend for safekeeping in case something happens to your phone.
  5. Don’t Admit Fault: Avoid admitting fault or making any statements that could be used against you later. Let the authorities and insurance companies determine liability. This means you don’t blurt out information just because you want to be right. Things are not settled at the scene of the accident.

Now, let’s talk about what not to do in an accident involving a delivery truck:

  1. Don’t Leave the Scene: Leaving the scene of an accident, especially with a commercial truck, can have serious legal consequences. Stay until the authorities arrive. Trust me, don’t leave.
  2. Don’t Argue: Avoid arguing with the truck driver or anyone else at the scene. Stay calm and let the professionals handle the situation. Arguing has a way of working against you.
  3. Don’t Sign Anything: Be cautious about signing any documents or agreements at the scene. It’s best to consult with your insurance company or legal representative first. Unless you want to ruin your chance for compensation, don’t sign anything.
  4. Don’t Delay Reporting: Make sure to report the accident to your insurance company promptly. Delays in reporting can complicate the claims process.

After The Accident

Accidents happen, but knowing what to do can make a big difference in how the situation is resolved. Most people are in shock after an accident and don’t think about these things. By following these simple steps, you can protect yourself and ensure a smoother process in case of an accident involving a delivery truck like UPS, FedEx, or DHL. If you think you missed a step, call us immediately so we can help get you back on track.

Stay safe on the roads and get in touch! At the GSG Law Firm, we know truck accidents, delivery accidents, and will take care of you every step of the way.

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