The United States Postal Service (USPS) handles the mail delivery throughout the US and its territories. The USPS uses thousands of vehicles to take care of the daily deliveries. If your parked car was hit by a vehicle owned or operated by USPS, you can pursue a claim for property damages against the USPS and ask them to reimburse you for your losses. You will need to maintain documentation and follow specific procedures to ensure your rights are protected.
Because property damage claims can be challenging, especially against a large government agency such as the USPS, you should enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer who is licensed in your state. With the help of a lawyer, you are much more likely to be able to prove that USPS was negligent and that they are liable for the damages that you suffered. There are four elements of negligence – duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. If you can show all four elements, then your claim has been proven and you should be compensated.
The Demand Letter
You can send a demand letter to the USPS and their insurance company. If you have hired a lawyer, they will handle this aspect of the claim as the demand letter plays a very important role in the success of your property damages claim against the USPS. This notifies them that you are holding them responsible and what damages you expect to recover. Here are some details that you should include in your demand letter to the USPS:
- Specifics of the accident, such as date, time and location
- Details of the accident and include a copy of the accident report
- Explain where your car was parked, how it was hit and the damages sustained – supporting documents, such as photos of the accident scene and damages should be attached
- Discuss your car’s damages in detail, such as broken glass, a warped rim, a dented door, and so forth, and attach a copy of the written repair estimate from the auto body shop
- Documentation, such as written statements from witnesses, tow bills, and rental car receipts should also be included
- Do an itemized, line by line detail list of the damages you suffered and their financial value
- Indicate the total value of your claim and what you expect to be compensated from USPS for your damages suffered by the USPS vehicle hitting your parked car
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have damages because USPS hit your parked car, you could be in for a challenge. Consult with a personal injury attorney in your area, who can take care of your property damage claim. USPS and their insurer will have legal representation. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing at all to lose.
The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against USPS, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.