FedEx Truck Accident/Truck Driver Lawyer
FedEx is a huge package delivery company that delivers packages all over the world. As online shopping grows in popularity, there is an increased demand for FedEx and UPS to deliver all these products to customers.
This means that there will be more and more FedEx trucks on the roads which of course increases the odds of being involved in an accident with a FedEx vehicle. FedEx drivers are under a lot of pressure to stay on schedule and make a large number of deliveries per day on their route.
Even though FedEx Drivers do go through safety training and testing, they are human, and people do make mistakes. Similar to Uber drivers in LA that cause accidents because they are in a hurry, or other delivery services like Postmates, Amazon, or even DoorDash.
If you have been injured in a FedEx truck accident, then contact us today for immediate help.
Why Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim?
Being involved in a car accident is bad enough, especially if you get injured, but it’s even worse if you get hit by a FedEx truck. If you are injured in a FedEx truck accident we recommend you call us today for immediate answers.
Do Not fight the insurance companies alone.
Daniel Kim and his legal team have years of experience dealing with FedEx and UPS accidents and we know the laws and the games the insurance companies try to play with accident victims.
We offer a free consultation so you can ask questions and get some legal advice to help you decide what you need to do. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so call us anytime. Daniel Kim has helped numerous clients who have suffered an injury from an accident, and Daniel will fight for you all the way.
The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are very aggressive and we won’t be intimidated by the big insurance companies.
We will make sure you and your family get maximum compensation and that we negotiate your settlement to ensure we get you every penny that you are entitled to. Insurance companies love to deny claims if they can, or they will at least do their best to minimize your claim, don’t fall into that mess.
Call Daniel Kim today and let us help protect your legal rights.
Common Types of FedEx Truck Accidents
Every FedEx accident is going to be different, and every accident will end up with unique injuries based on the accident itself (typically the bigger the impact the bigger the injuries).
If there is any good news, it’s that FedEx drivers are insured so you don’t have to be worried about being hit by an uninsured driver.
Although there are all kinds of crashes and reasons for the actual accidents, there are certainly common FedEx truck accident scenarios that we see over and over:
- Crashes at an intersection involving a FedEx vehicle
- Packages/debris falling from a FedEx truck causing you to crash
- FedEx truck rear-ending another driver
- Runoff the road by a FedEx vehicle
- A side-impact crash with a FedEx truck or van
- FedEx vehicle backing into your vehicle
- FedEx vehicle cuts you off causing a crash
Common Causes of FedEx Accidents
FedEx accidents happen all the time due to a wide variety of reasons. Just things like bad weather can easily cause a big traffic accident on the 405 freeway here in Los Angeles or the 101 in San Jose.
You can be the best driver in all of California with a perfectly clean driving record, but if the other drivers on the road aren’t safe then your safety can be put in jeopardy.
Below are some common causes for FedEx Truck accidents:
- Drowsy driving – drivers putting in too many hours, might be illegal
- Inadequate training – not all drivers trained properly
- Distracted driving – texting or talking on the phone, etc.
- Speeding – this is always a major cause of accidents in the U.S.
- DUI – drugs and alcohol, pills, etc.
- Improperly loaded cargo – too much or not loaded correctly
- Trucking regulations – failure to follow the safety rules
Common Injuries From FedEx Accidents
Normally injuries that a person suffers from a FedEx truck accident can be pretty bad, due to the sheer size of these FedEx vehicles on the road.
Even a FedEx van is larger than most cars we drive around in (think of a Honda Civic for example) and so when a large vehicle hits a smaller car, the smaller car usually gets the worst of it. And of course, these FedEx semi-trucks (18-wheelers) pose a real threat to anybody on the freeways and roads here in California.
Sometimes we will get a client that got lucky and escaped a FedEx truck accident with only minor injuries like a broken hand, or just cuts and bruises. But normally an accident involving a FedEx vehicle will result in a serious injury like the list below:
- Whiplash – very common in a rear-end accident
- Broken bones – broken legs, arms, and even broken hands or fingers are common
- Head injury – this is a bad situation as even a minor head injury can alter your life
- Neck injury – common injury when hit by a truck or van
- Amputation – a horrible injury resulting in the loss of a limb
- Fatality – the worst of the worst when somebody loses a life
- Concussion – this can have a long-lasting effect on your life
- Cuts and bruises – if this is all that happens consider yourself to be lucky
Filing an Accident Report With FedEx
If you or a loved one was injured in an automobile accident with FedEx, then you may want to consider filing an accident report to ensure you don’t hurt your claim down the road (insurance companies look for anything they can to deny or minimize a claim).
If you got injured in a crash with a FedEx truck (or van or whatever) then it is wise to follow the proper procedure, and this includes filing a report when somebody was injured (or killed) or the damage from the crash exceeds a certain amount of money.
At this point, your best bet is to call our law firm and let us help you before you make a mistake or miss a deadline (remember in California there is a statute of limitations).
Like any car accident that involves injuries, it is usually a wise decision to hire an experienced injury lawyer like Daniel Kim that knows all the laws and will fight for you no matter what.
FedEx Accidents Statistics
To give an idea of how dangerous FedEx vehicles can be, we listed some basic statistics below for you to read.
In a 24 month period prior to December 2017, FedEx Express drivers were listed as being involved in over 1750 accidents, 575 of those involved an injury, and 41 deaths were recorded.
Since 2012 the number of wrecks had increased by 254%, while the number of injuries increased by 190%, and lastly, the number of fatalities increased by over 270%.
These numbers are actually quite staggering when you take a second to read them a second time.
The FedEx Corporation has many companies it owns, and they provide freight and other services in the USA and all over the world.
FedEx Ground offers the delivery of packages and other miscellaneous documents to private parties and businesses all over the country on a daily basis.
Located in Pittsburgh (their headquarters), the company employees over 70,000 people and delivers about 6.5 million packages per day around the world. FedEx Freight has over 39,000 employees and deals with over 95,000 items per day.
FedEx Express is in Memphis, has over 165,000 employees, and handles about 4 million packages per day. Basically, FedEx is a big company and if you were injured in a car accident with FedEx, you don’t want to fight their insurance company alone.
Dealing With FedEx’s Insurance Company After an Accident
After any car accident where you are injured, the aftermath and road to recovery can be very long and frustrating. Dealing with the insurance company after being involved in a FedEx accident is really no different.
One thing you should know is that if you try to fight the insurance company alone you will have a lot of stuff to deal with and you will probably be surprised at the low settlement offer that FedEx makes you later for the injuries you suffered.
Determining fault in a FedEx truck accident (or van, etc.) is usually quite tricky and complex because of state and federal regulations that govern (oversee) these commercial trucking companies in America. To recover financial compensation, you will have to prove that you weren’t at fault for the motor vehicle crash, and this isn’t always that easy.
Trying to sue FedEx is not just as easy as filling in a form and waiting for a check in the mailbox. When we need to prove fault in a FedEx accident our firm will conduct a thorough investigation (if need be) that would include things like going to the actual accident scene, requesting maintenance records from FedEx, requesting time logs and driver records, and more.
This is hard for the average person to do by themselves when they have a family, children, etc.
And in some cases, it might even be necessary for us to reconstruct the accident in order to break down the details surrounding liability and prove FedEx was at fault.
How Much Is My FedEx Accident Settlement Worth?
FedEx typically would love to settle an injury claim as quickly as possible, in hopes of paying out a minimal amount of money and keeping the story from hitting the news stations.
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, we won’t accept a quick settlement offer just to get a quick payday.
Our main mission is to make sure you get paid maximum compensation for your damages, and that you can put your life back together after you heal from your injuries.
That is why, it’s so important to hire an experienced FedEx accident injury lawyer like Daniel Kim because he knows the laws, and he will protect your legal rights.
If a person suffered say a bad head injury (like TBI) then their case is going to be worth a lot more than compared to an injury victim that only suffered a broken arm.
The problem is there are so many variables that go into negotiating a settlement with these insurance companies, and you have to remember that these insurance companies pay their employees a lot of money to minimize their liability and payouts.
Some of the things that can affect a final settlement are:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- The severity of your injuries