To take care of business, postal service companies operates tens of thousands of vehicles. These vehicles can be seen on backroads, expressways, and even narrow streets.
If your vehicle was parked and a mail truck hit your car, then you are entitled to recover compensation to cover the cost of any damages that you suffered. The key to a successful claim is maintaining evidence and documentation.
You should enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer, who will be able to determine what damages that you suffered. If you can show that the mail driver was negligent, then your claim will be successful.
There are four elements of negligence and all four elements must be met. First, you will need to show that the company had a duty, which they did to protect drivers and property from harm. The second element that you need to show is that the duty was breached. This may be that the driver wasn’t attentive and hit your parked vehicle. Third, you will have to show that the breach of duty caused the accident – when the driver wasn’t being attentive, your car was hit, and then the last element is to show that your damages were a result of the accident.
The Demand Letter
Your demand letter is to notify the postal service and their insurer that you want to file a personal injury claim and be compensated for your damages. The letter must include supporting documentation and evidence, which will confirm that you suffered damages and that they are liable for the losses you incurred.
Always set the amount that you want for your damages higher than the minimum amount you will accept. Remember, there will be negotiating, and the insurance company will always offer less than what you ask. Here are some things to include in your demand letter:
- Include the time, date, location, and details of the accident
- Explain what happened in detail – your car was hit by the mail truck and where it was parked and why it was parked there – just list the facts
- Explain the damages you suffered – property damages and include an estimate, the cost of towing your car, and a rental vehicle while your car is inoperable
- Provide supporting documentation, such as the written repair estimate, photos of the accident scene and damages, a copy of the accident report, rental car receipts, the towing bill, etc.
- Include copies of any witness statements, as this can prove that the truck caused the damages
- Include how much you want to be compensated for your damages
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered damages because a mail driver hit your parked car, consult with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney can help with your demand letter, making sure you did not forget anything. Get your Free Case Evaluation today before time runs out.
*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 FedEx, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.