FedEx Truck Accidents
Fedex trucks are everywhere on the road in Seattle and Kirkland and Washington State. They are very important for transporting necessary packages, mail, and equipment across the state. Founded in 1973, each day Fedex delivers 10 million packages in more than 220 countries.
They have 100,000 trucks and more than 400,00 employees in locations all across the planet. Last year they were involved in 474 accidents, of which 197 resulted in injuries and one person died. They are very large trucks, weighing thousands of pounds, so when they crash into vehicles, they can cause great damage to the people inside the vehicles.Washington State Fedex Truck Laws
Fedex trucks are considered commercial vehicles, which means they have large insurance policies from national insurance companies that insure them, or they are self-insured through Fedex. Being a commercial vehicle, this means that there is government regulation involved, much greater than that of ordinary vehicles on the road. The government imposes stricter regulations on commercial vehicles. Fedex vehicles, unlike some commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers, Fedex delivery trucks are allowed to enter neighborhoods and residential streets to drop off their packages. This creates a greater hazard for those people on the road who have to come into contact with the Fedex truck.
There are two sources of fault when there is an accident with a Fedex truck that is not your fault. It is either the driver’s fault or Fedex’s fault. On some rare occasions, there can be a combination of both.
Common reasons for Fedex truck accidents when the driver is at fault:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driver inattention
- Driver distraction
In order for a commercial driver to be on the road in Washington State who is operating a Fedex truck, they need to have what is called a CDL or a commercial driver’s license. This kind of license requires some effort on the applicant. A driver must pass a background check and pass several fitness tests as well. In addition, responsible companies should also have internal background and fitness checks with which they screen their applicants. However, as you can imagine, companies do not always do their due diligence in hiring a trucker for their company.
While the majority of Fedex truck accidents are the result of driver error, there can also be instances when Fedex should be blamed for the accident.
Below are common reasons for Fedex being at fault for the accident:
- Tire blowouts
- Brake problems
- Vehicle maintenance issues
- Failing to properly screen or vet drivers
- Cargo that was not properly secured
- A truck that was not properly marked for being on the road at night.
Sometimes Fedex fails to properly maintain their trucks and they put their drivers in Fedex trucks that are not safe, for a variety of reasons, ranging from brakes that are aging and faulty, tires that are bald and need replacing, and vehicles that are not properly marked for nighttime driving, which can make the truck hard to see. If this is the case, the company shares responsibility for the accident they caused.
There are times, however, the insurance company for the Fedex will attempt to conceal internal company documents that show how neglectful Fedex has been in properly and safely maintaining their truck, or when they fail to show that there have been other, similar accidents involving their trucks over the years.Common Fedex Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been in an accident with a Fedex truck, chances are high that you have serious injuries you are dealing with. Fedex trucks are vehicles much larger than normal vehicles, and they can cause significant damage to other cars and occupants on the road.
The most common injuries associated with tow truck injuries are:
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Knee injuries
If you have suffered any of these injuries, the likelihood is not good that these injuries will resolve on their own. In most instances, you will have to see a medical professional to help you recover. Aside from primary care doctors, the most common kinds of healthcare providers to treat people who have been in accidents with trucks are osteopaths, physiatrists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists.
Any of these healthcare providers can render quality care to you and they likely know the appropriate specialist who can treat you if you have been injured by a truck.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured by a Fedex truck, then your life may have been permanently altered, or at least temporarily so. You are likely facing phone calls from insurance companies, medical appointments, you may be losing money from work since you are unable to work, and many phone calls from insurance companies. If this is the case, why go through this process alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover:
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for lost wages
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you with all of these things. In addition, we can stand between you and the insurance company for Fedex. While it is not common, there are also instances when Fedex’s insurance company may allege that you were either partly or completely at fault for the accident. If this unfortunate and untrue allegation is brought against you, then you need an attorney who can help you.
The Jackman Law Firm can assist you by sending subpoenas for any video footage that may have captured the accident, interviewing witnesses and bystanders, and speaking to the police, assuming an investigation was done. If it is clear that the vehicle was not properly maintained, then the Jackman Law Firm has the resources and experience to investigate the company internally and find out if the company was failing to properly maintain their vehicle, such as not checking and fixing their brakes, making sure the tires are properly maintained and inflated, and making sure the vehicle is safe to be on the road.
If you have questions about your truck accident, feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.