Delivering packages across the country, USPS requires tens of thousands of vehicles to get the job done. You have high chances of being hit by a USPS vehicle. A hard impact lead to severe damage to your vehicle, including mechanical problems like transmission damage. Transmission damage is an expensive repair, and it could even lead to your car being totaled.
Transmission Damage Details
A crash with USPS could cause serious transmission damage and leave your car inoperable. While some damage might be repairable at a reasonable cost, if your transmission must be completely replaced, it might add enough to the damages to make your car a total loss. If your car needs a transmission, the replacement cost and labor averages from $2,000 to $5,000, varying on your car’s make and model.
How to File a Claim Against USPS
If you were hit by USPS and it caused transmission damage to your vehicle, you should call the police. An officer will complete an accident report. Ask witnesses to provide written statements. Take photos of the accident scene and of any damages, if possible. Always be checked by a healthcare provider after an accident with USPS because some injuries are worse than they appear.
Keep copies of all documents and evidence that shows your losses in the crash with USPS. A detailed demand letter must be sent to USPS as well as their insurance company to notify them you are pursuing a claim.
You should include a copy of the accident report, damage repair estimates, tow bills, rental car receipts, medical bills, medical records, proof of missed work and lost wages. Thorough supporting documentation is essential for a successful personal injury claim against USPS.
Evidence Needed For a Transmission Damage Claim Against USPS
You will have to undoubtedly prove the transmission damage was from the car accident. Have your car towed to a qualified automotive repair facility to be assessed by a mechanic. Your mechanic will need to prepare a detailed written estimate detailing the transmission problems. Ask your mechanic to get photos of the damage if it is possible to do so.
The mechanic should also note if the lack of maintenance affected the damages. Sometimes your past vehicle maintenance records might be needed to prove your car was properly maintained. A mechanic can determine if all the damages were because of a crash with a USPS vehicle.
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident with USPS that has left your vehicle with transmission damage, schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You want an attorney licensed to practice law in your state, so he or she is familiar with state laws and can represent you in court should your personal injury claim against USPS advance to that level.
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, you will not have to pay your legal representation until you receive a settlement or judgment from your claim with USPS. Get your Free Case Evaluation today.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against the USPS/US Postal Service, or any other company, you may not be entitled to any compensation.