UPS Delivery Truck Crashes Into Smithsonian Museum

By Peter DePaolis

From delivering pizza to overnight, sensitive packages, delivery drivers are often in a rush and face a variety of distractions. They come across children and dogs running around, other drivers, and distractions they themselves cause by using cell phones or GPS navigation systems. If the negligent driving of a delivery driver has injured you or a loved one, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

Several weeks ago, a UPS delivery driver broke through a barrier and crashed into the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. The truck crashed through an ornamental light pole, ran through some flower pots, and then broke a glass window in the museum’s lobby, finally coming to a stop about a foot inside the building. In this case, though, authorities believe the driver suffered a medical emergency while driving his truck.

Delivery drivers should always adhere to their companies’ policies as well as to safety tips that apply to all drivers. They should employ extra mirrors and rearview cameras to improve their visibility. Drivers should not be talking on their cell phones, sending text messages, or fiddling with GPS systems while driving. Finally, they should always leave themselves a way out of a situation by leaving plenty of space between themselves and other cars and pedestrians.

If a negligent delivery driver has injured you or a loved one, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney like Marc Fiedler at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P to learn more about obtaining compensation.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.