FedEx Truck Accidents
Motor vehicle accident cases involving FedEx freight trucks are often complicated because many different companies and parties may be held accountable for the incident. Truck drivers working for FedEx are often pressured to deliver packages quickly. Although FedEx freight drivers have good intentions to get the job done as quickly as possible, that can result in careless actions that can lead to catastrophic crashes.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a FedEx truck, please reach out to our experienced Sacramento FedEx truck accident lawyers at (916) 921-6400 for a free case evaluation.History of FedEx
Federal Express (FedEx) was founded in 1973 and has more than 140,000 employees driving 43,000 trucks. This trucking company is based in Memphis, Tennessee. When driving on California's streets and highways, you will typically see many FedEx trucks on the roads.
FedEx trucks were involved in 474 accidents in one recent two-year period, including 197 injury accidents and one death.FedEx Truck Driver Training
Although FedEx drivers are trained in driving these large trucks, often the training is inadequate, or the drivers do not follow the rules they were taught. It typically takes 7 to 21 days for a new driver to go through FedEx's approval process.
To qualify as a FedEx key driver, an individual must:
- Complete the Class A CDL with double/triple, hazardous materials, and tank endorsements
- Have one year experience or complete FedEx Freight Driver Development Course
- Have a good driving record and meet DOT requirements
FedEx truck accidents can happen for many reasons:
- A company vehicle may have been improperly maintained, leading the FedEx truck to catch on fire.
- A driver may be sleep deprived or have been driving more hours than allowed by Federal Regulations.
- A FedEx driver may have failed to follow the rules of the road.
- A FedEx truck can overturn and spill contents onto the highway.
- The truck driver may be under the influence of alcohol or amphetamines, or other drugs.
- The cargo may have been improperly attached, leading to instability.
- The truck may have been improperly marked for conspicuity in nighttime driving.
- A driver might fail to yield or pass dangerously.
Since big rigs are so heavy, a Federal Express truck accident can have disastrous results.Types of Truck Accident Injuries
The rise of online shopping has increased consumer demand for the number of express shipments. In other words, FedEx truck drivers may be pressured more than ever to deliver packages quickly. This has the potential to result in serious motor vehicle collisions that leave others on the road with the following types of injuries:
Below are several videos showing serious crashes involving FedEx trucks.Why You Need a Truck Injury Attorney for a FedEx Accident
Retaining an experienced injury lawyer after a FedEx truck accident is essential. Most people don’t realize that having an experienced personal injury attorney on their side can make a world of difference. They believe that they can handle the commercial truck accident case on their own or that their insurance company will take care of it. Unfortunately, the mistake of not hiring a FedEx truck accident attorney could end up costing them much of the personal injury compensation they may have been entitled to otherwise.Contact a FedEx Truck Accident Attorney Today
Our injury lawyers at AutoAccident.com have the experience to handle truck accident cases against insurance companies and entities like FedEx. To learn how we can help, call (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice. We proudly serve clients throughout California.
Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 10.1.21]
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