Why FedEx Truck Accidents Happen and How an Attorney Can Help You Collect Damages
FedEx is North America’s second largest package delivery company and operates one of the biggest truck fleets in the world. Many drivers work hectic schedules and are on the road constantly. Given the size of their operation and number of employees, FedEx truck accidents are nearly unavoidable.
If you are the victim of a FedEx truck accident, you need skilled legal counsel on your side. As a massive corporation, FedEx has extensive resources and high powered lawyers. None of that intimidates attorneys at Wenholz | Dow, P.C., Trial Lawyers in Austin, TX. We will take on the package delivery juggernaut and help secure compensation on your behalf.
Understanding FedEx Truck Accidents
FedEx serves a valuable and necessary service. However, their trucks are no stranger to major accidents. Some of these accidents result in serious injuries and even loss of life.
When their drivers hurt someone in an accident, FedEx turns to their powerful attorneys, who do everything they can to ensure the company’s liability is minimized. We are not afraid to stand up to them and fight for your rights as an accident victim.
Knowing that FedEx has ample resources and will refuse to admit fault, you need a legal professional on your side with poise and experience.
Why FedEx Truck Accidents Happen
FedEx has more than 90,000 motorized vehicles and delivers over six million packages a day. Over the past two years, they have been involved in 405 crashes, 147 of which resulted in an injury and 13 of which resulted in fatalities. While these numbers are quite small given the size of the fleet, they are still larger than they need to be.
Some of the most common reasons for these accidents stem from the immense pressure on delivery drivers. These include:
- Driver Error: Delivery trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than the cars they share the road with. As such, they take longer to stop. When trucks follow other vehicles closely at high speeds, it is a recipe for rear-ending the car in front.
- Fatigue: Driver fatigue decreases response times and negatively affects decision-making. While drivers are allowed to drive up to 11 hours consecutively before taking a break, per federal regulations, some operators do not follow these guidelines. Sometimes drivers are over-scheduled and overworked, which contributes to fatigue and increases the likelihood of an accident.
- Pressure to Deliver: FedEx drivers are under a lot of pressure to get packages delivered. Consequently, drivers sometimes speed, fail to yield to traffic, or do not obey other traffic laws in an attempt to move as quickly as possible. This behavior increases the risk of a collision.
The conditions of the job often create the perfect conditions for an accident.
What to Expect When Suing FedEx
FedEx will not simply accept liability for an accident because admitting fault makes them vulnerable to claims against them for significant sums of money. They will put the onus on you to prove every claim.
They might also try to run out the clock. In Texas, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit, and the company may intentionally draw out the proceedings beforehand to exploit this fact.
Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Knowing that FedEx has ample resources and will refuse to admit fault, you need a legal professional on your side with poise and experience. Even if it seems like things are stacked against you, our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to help secure compensation for your injuries, including past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.