As the number of online shoppers increases, more UPS trucks are on Kansas and Missouri roadways. While having purchases delivered to your doorstep is convenient, this also boosts the danger that you or a family member will be injured or killed in a UPS accident—sometimes right in your neighborhood. The risk of a UPS accident in the winter holiday season is even greater due to bad weather conditions, significantly-increased deliveries, and more drivers on the roads.
Reasons for UPS Truck Collisions
As with other types of truck accidents, driver negligence is often the cause of a UPS wreck. Frequent reasons include:
- Improper loading
- Distracted driving
- Drunk and drugged driving
- Not adjusting operations for weather conditions
- Making sudden stops or turns
- Failing to yield and other traffic violations
- Backing up without checking for other vehicles, bicycle riders, and pedestrians
Violations of FMCSA Rules That Causes Tragic Collisions
In addition, some accidents occur because UPS and its drivers fail to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules governing the trucking industry. These regulations are designed to avoid truck accidents. Here are three key violations that lead to crashes.
Lack of Training
Like other commercial trucking companies, UPS has a duty to hire qualified truck drivers and ensure they're properly trained. UPS vehicle operators are also required to be physically able to drive trucks, pass background checks, and complete truck driving tests to obtain commercial truck licenses. When drivers are unqualified or not thoroughly trained, the chances of a collision increase dramatically.
Hours of Service Violations
Driver fatigue is a huge problem due to the pressure to quickly deliver packages and long work hours. UPS and its drivers are required to follow the FMCSA hours of service regulations, which limit how long truckers can drive without taking breaks. Many accidents occur when UPS truck drivers violate these rules and are fighting to stay awake or fall asleep at the wheel.
Lack of Truck Maintenance
The FMCSA stipulates that UPS and its truck drivers are required to inspect and maintain their trucks according to specific regulations, and trucks shouldn't be driven until necessary repairs are complete. Defective brakes, worn tires, and broken lights are a few of the common maintenance issues that lead to preventable accidents.
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