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USPS Accidents in Connecticut

Driving on the roads of Connecticut means sharing space with a variety of other vehicles. That includes trucks, public transportation, and federal vehicles like United States Postal Service (USPS) trucks.

While no one wants to be involved in an accident, it is something that can happen at any time. No matter how careful you are, you can never be sure about other drivers on the road with you. All it takes is one second of distraction for an accident to happen.

Causes of USPS Truck Accidents

The USPS has more than 200,000 vehicles serving the entire country. That includes large trucks, vans, and other types of cars required to perform their duty. They cover countless miles every year to make deliveries as quickly as possible. The problem is that negligent driving practices caused by fatigue or stress can lead to accidents.

Common causes of USPS truck accidents include:

  • Unpredictable stopping pattern
  • Slow speeds
  • Cargo not secured
  • Driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Distracted driving

The driver is not always at fault. Lack of proper vehicle inspection can also cause accidents.

If you are involved in an accident with a USPS truck, contact The Doctor Lawyer Team for a consultation. Let a competent Connecticut USPS accident attorney help build your case.

Common Injuries From USPS Accidents

You don’t have to go far in Connecticut to see USPS trucks on the roads and highways. Accidents involving these vehicles are not uncommon. These incidents can cause a wide range of injuries — both minor and serious. These may include:

  • Head injuries, including concussions
  • Neck and spinal column injuries, including whiplash, vertebrae fractures, and slipped discs
  • Lacerations
  • Internal injuries, such as punctures to and bleeding in the lungs, liver, kidneys, and spleen
  • Burns
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Other catastrophic injuries

Filing Your Claim Against USPS

Filing a claim with the United States Postal Service is very different when compared to private insurance companies. They are a federal agency and follow strict protocols and procedures. A successful claim means following their guidelines closely.

  1. The first step is to complete Form 95 for Damage, Injury, or Death claims.
  2. Create a document outlining your injuries, damages, and loss of wages.
  3. Provide the facts of your claim that show why the driver was at fault.
  4. If you know anyone who can stand as a witness, you have to identify them.
  5. Disclose your insurance information.
  6. Make a demand for damages.
  7. Submit the claim to the USPS. Their rules state that any post office or facility should officially accept the submission.

An important note is to submit your claim within two years of the accident. There is a statute of limitations for these claims. Act quickly and gather all the information you can to avoid waiving your rights to a personal injury claim.

What to Do When Injured By a USPS Truck

If you are hit or injured by a USPS truck, start building your case immediately. Finding all the information from the beginning can help with your claim. Here are things you need to do:

  • Have your injuries checked and treated right away. Your health is the initial priority in an accident. That also creates documentation of injuries you sustained.
  • Take pictures of the incident if you can.
  • Request and keep a copy of the police report. That should include any witness statements available, along with their contact details.

Contact our Connecticut USPS accident attorney immediately. Our team is ready to provide you with guidance through this trying time.

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When injuries are severe or occur because of someone’s negligence, you need legal experience on your side. The Doctor Lawyer Team helps clients in Hartford, New Haven, Greenwich, Stamford, Niantic, and nearby Connecticut communities seek the compensation they need to have peace of mind and financial security during an already difficult time. Why is our firm the right place to go? Here are a few reasons:

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Report Unsafe Driving by USPS Truck

Anyone can do their part to prevent USPS accidents. If you notice unsafe driving by their employees, you can call 1-800-ASK-USPS to report it. The number is available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Assistance From an Experienced USPS Accident Attorney

There is a big difference between dealing with a private insurance company for personal injuries and directly with the USPS. The latter requires strict adherence to their protocols, rules, and regulations to reach a proper resolution. The process can be complicated.

If you are not able to follow the process outlined by the Federal Tort Claims Act, your claim can be thrown out.

Choosing to represent yourself in court means the judge will treat you as if you are any other lawyer. They will not be lenient.

It is difficult to go through the entire process of claiming personal injury against the USPS on your own. Be confident that you will have our experienced Connecticut USPS accident attorney by your side.

Do not hesitate to call The Doctor Lawyer Team, and book your free consultation today.

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