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UPS Truck Plows Into Cars in Denver After Losing Brakes

by  on  Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents

Package delivery people are definitely working overtime this holiday season. It would be helpful if their employers gave them vehicles that are in proper working order.

A video released by CBS4 captured a scary moment when a UPS truck driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into several parked cars. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the accident, according to the news outlet.

UPS told CBS4 that the truck’s electronic braking system failed shortly before the crash, causing the vehicle to careen backward downhill in a residential Denver neighborhood. The truck’s driver had stopped to make a delivery and was trying to start the vehicle back up at the time, the company said. The vehicle instead jumped gears and began traveling in reverse.

Much of the chaotic scene was picked up by a doorbell video camera.

UPS said it had already located the owners of three of the four parked cars damaged in the accident. The company said it would provide rental cars and compensate the owners for the property damage.

Your Legal Rights Related to Company Vehicle Accidents 

Big delivery trucks like the UPS and FedEx vehicles that swarm streets across Colorado this time of year can pose serious safety threats. Whether it is one of those vehicles, a food delivery car, or a big rig transporting commercial goods, crashes involving a vehicle owned and operated by a company can raise unique legal issues for everyone involved.

The company that owns the vehicle is typically liable for any accidents caused by an employee or other authorized person driving it. That is, so long as the person was acting in the course of his or her job at the time of the collision.

The UPS driver whose brakes failed in Denver, for example, was almost certainly acting within the course of his or her job. That means the company is likely to be legally liable for any damage caused and would have been legally responsible for any physical injuries resulting from the crash.

Company liability is important because it means that the company’s insurance coverage will cover the resulting damages from the accident. Commercial vehicles often have larger insurance coverage, making it easier to ensure that anyone injured in a crash with a company vehicle is fully compensated for his or her injuries. 

How a Denver Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or other accident in Colorado, an experienced Denver auto accident lawyer at Levine Law can help you understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation. We can also help identify those responsible for the crash and build the strongest possible legal claims.

Our Denver personal injury attorneys combine decades of experience helping people injured in a wide range of accidents get the money they deserve. We have a strong track record of success for the people that we represent in the courtroom and through a negotiated settlement.

Our lawyers are pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver auto accident lawyer.