Accidents involving government vehicles such as postal trucks are more common that many would suspect. In fact, some USPS truck accidents have made headlines in 2014. In many cases, the government worker is the one who is at fault.
Victims of postal truck accidents often wonder if they can sue the government for damages if they suffered injuries because of a negligent postal truck driver. Below, we discuss the answer to this question, as well as some USPS accidents in the news and victims’ legal options.
Liability in Government Truck Accidents, The FTCA, 28 U.S.C. § 2674
Generally, the government has a lot of immunity in terms of lawsuits. In many situations, government bodies, both local and national, are exempt from liability. This is referred to as the doctrine of “sovereign immunity.”
However, the laws in this area have evolved throughout the years. Similar to the Georgia Tort Claims Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) provides a limited waiver of sovereign immunity. It allows that in some circumstances, indiviudals can sue the government, such as with injury claims.
The FTCA, 28 U.S.C. § 2674, reads: “The United States shall be liable, respecting the provisions of this title relating to tort claims, in the same manner and to the same extent as a private individual under like circumstances.”
So, yes, in some cases, if you suffer injuries in an accident with a postal truck, you might be able to file a claim. You might be able to file a claim against the government to recover your damages after a USPS accident if the postal worker acted negligently or carelessly, e.g., was driving under the influence or texting while driving. Intentional acts by the postal worker that cause you harm may also allow you to recover damages.
USPS Truck Accidents in the News
When postal truck drivers are negligent or drive distractedly, it can have devastating consequences. Below are some of the accidents that have hit the news lately.
- Drunk postal worker: In July 2014, a 58-year-old postal worker in Pennsylvania crashed into a berm (a flat strip of land bordering a canal), flipped the USPS truck she was driving, and caused a “traffic nightmare.” The cops suspected she was under the influence, searched her purse, and found an open bottle of liquor. The postal worker was taken away in an ambulance, but no others suffered injuries.
- Fatal collision: In October 2014, a teenage boy lost his life in Missouri when a postal truck ran straight through a stop sign and struck the car in which he and his family were riding. A witness who ran to help said she saw the small children in the car with blood everywhere. Another witness commented, “It was very heart breaking. [F]rom the way the car looked and everything, you would have thought that everyone in the car was deceased.”
Consulting an Attorney to Fight for Your Rights
If you or your loved one suffered injuries in an accident with a postal truck, speak with an injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. It’s not easy to file a claim against the government, but it is possible. For legal help in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C.
We are passionate about helping injured victims pursue compensation for their losses. When someone else is responsible for your injuries or the death of your loved one, even if the person happens to work for a government agency such as the post office, we can help you hold them accountable for their actions.
Contact us today at 404-474-0804 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also contact us online by visiting our contact page and filling out the form.