United States Postal Service Accident Attorneys
Do you know what to do if you are hurt in an accident caused by a U.S. Postal Service mail truck? You may have to sue the federal government for compensation – a daunting task.
If you are hurt in a crash with a USPS mail truck, a personal injury lawyer with Belt & Bruner, P.C. can help you through this legal process. Different laws apply to lawsuits against the government and strict deadlines that you must meet.
Call the office of a USPS accident attorney today for a free consultation. The law firm of Belt & Bruner, P.C. knows how to protect your rights and maximize your compensation.
When to Call a USPS Accident Lawyer
While state laws handle most personal injury lawsuits, lawsuits against the federal government are guided by the Federal Tort Claims Act. If you’re involved in a wreck caused by a USPS driver, an attorney who understands FTCA can help you recover compensation.
However, you have a limited time to act. You must file a cause of action – personal injury lawsuit – within:
- Two years of the date you were injured
- Six months after receiving a final denial notice to a claim you made against the governmental agency
Our personal injury lawyers have obtained compensation for other injured individuals in a USPS mail truck accident. We would be honored to help you with your case.
Our Record of Success
The legal team at Belt & Bruner, P.C. has successfully handled cases against USPS drivers and their employer, the federal government. In one settlement alone, we secured $2.6 million for our client in a wrongful death case involving the U.S. government.
Some of our other legal victories include:
- $25 million settlement in a fraud case
- $13.5 million settlement in a product liability case
- $13 million verdicts in a distracted driving accident case
Our record does not stop there. We work to obtain maximum settlements in all our cases. If the other party refuses to give you what you deserve, we will take them to court to seek a judgment for your damages.
A government lawsuit attorney will gather evidence of liability or wrongdoing by the governmental entity, federal employee, or a contractor hired by the government.
Establishing liability depends upon:
- Show that the USPS mail truck driver owed you a duty of care to avoid harming you by taking reasonable, prudent measures.
- Determine that the USPS mail truck driver breached this duty of care, either from carelessness or omission.
- Prove that you have injuries and damages caused by this breach of care.
Our firm files a claim with the USPS. The government is self-insured, but the basic process of collecting evidence, evaluating damages, and filing a claim is the same as an accident involving a private individual.
If the government denies your claim or offers an inadequate amount, an attorney with Belt & Bruner, P.C. can file a lawsuit against the federal government on your behalf.
Compensation in USPS Accident Cases
In most car accident cases, the amount of compensation you can get is seriously limited by the insurance policy limits of the at-fault driver.
For example, Alabama state minimum insurance for bodily injury liability is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. If the person who hits you only has minimum coverage, that’s the maximum amount you can expect to get.
However, if a federal government employee injures you through negligence or intent, you could recover more.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Every case is different, so it is difficult to determine an exact value for your case. Many times, the court considers the extent, severity, and duration of your injuries. When a USPS driver is found to be at fault in a serious car accident, our lawyers seek top dollar for your economic and emotional damages.
In a 2019 case against the federal government, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama awarded the plaintiff $475,000.
In another case that involved the tragic deaths of two people, the plaintiff, who was the personal representative of the estates of the deceased, was awarded more than $2.8 million.
Forms of Compensation
In an FTCA case, you can usually get compensation to cover the same losses as you can get in a typical personal injury case. Those include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
- Lost wages
- Employment benefits
- Household services
You can also recover compensation for any of your property damage, such as damage to your car caused by the USPS driver.
The Federal Tort Claims Act
If a USPS truck hits your car or runs into you while you are walking, you have the right to sue under the FTCA. Under this law, which was enacted in 1946, private parties can sue the United States in federal court for torts committed by someone acting on behalf of the United States.
A tort is any wrongful act that violates a right or leads to civil legal liability. In the case of a car accident, the driver’s negligence is a tort.
Causes of USPS Truck Accidents
The United States Postal Service delivers mail and packages to more than 155 million addresses throughout the country. There are over 200,000 vehicles in the USPS fleet, including large and small trucks, vans, and cars.
Common causes of postal vehicle accidents include:
- Driving at slow speeds
- Making irregular stops
- Improperly loading or securing cargo
- Wrong-side of the road driving
- Distracted driving
We appreciate the prompt delivery of our mail, but we know that sometimes, the pressure to cover many miles as quickly as possible contributes to accidents, injuries, and fatalities. A USPS accident injury lawyer can vigorously pursue compensation so you may focus on your health and your loved ones.
Call Our USPS Accident Lawyers Today
A crash involving a USPS mail vehicle can be complex. A USPS accident lawyer with Belt & Bruner, P.C. understands the challenges of suing the federal government for compensation and justice.
Belt & Bruner, P.C. is here for you. We want to help you get the most compensation possible for an accident that you did not cause. Call (205) 933-1500 or use our online contact form for your free consultation today.