Truck accidents, no matter how, where or why they occur, result in devastating injuries and fatalities. In Pennsylvania, it is common for us to see package delivery trucks involved in injury and fatal crashes. These companies, like all trucking firms, have a responsibility to hire competent drivers and maintain their vehicles properly. However, this does not always happen and the results can be catastrophic for other communities, pedestrians, bicyclists and commuters.
If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident involving a FedEx vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation for your significant damages and losses. The experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorneys at KaplunMarx know and understand what it takes to fight against a large corporation like FedEx – and win.
How Do Fedex Truck Accident Claims Work?
FedEx is the second largest package delivery company in the United States right behind UPS. FedEx delivers more than 3.4 million packages per day. FedEx couriers travel about 2.5 million miles a day totally, which is equivalent to 100 trips around the earth. FedEx delivers to 220 countries and territories and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. It also operates a fleet of about 43,000 delivery vans. The company’s revenue in 2016 totaled to $50.3 billion.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), FedEx trucks were involved in 1,770 crashes nationwide of which 41 were fatal and 578 resulted in injuries. However, recent news reports show that these numbers don’t even begin to tell the whole story. An NBC news report talked about how law enforcement agencies have failed to correctly report major crashes involving FedEx Ground raising the question of whether the public is getting a full picture of FedEx’s safety record.
One example of an omission was a bus versus truck accident in Miami where a FedEx truck driver ran a red light and t-boned a metro bus knocking more than a dozen passengers out of their seats. Eighteen people were transported to local hospitals with injuries. But the crash wasn’t reported to the FMCSA. So, it is fair to say that FedEx trucks are involved in more crashes than we get to hear about.
What Can You Expect if You Sue Fedex?
If you have been injured in an accident involving a FedEx truck, you are probably dealing with a number of challenges including mounting medical expenses, lost income and other costs. What might come as a nasty surprise for anyone who files a truck injury claim against FedEx is that the company might not quickly accept fault or liability for an accident, even if its driver was at fault or negligently caused the accident.
While this might aggravate someone who has been injured by a FedEx truck and is simply trying to get what they rightfully deserve, it is important to remember that FedEx is a large corporation. The company has $1,000,000 in insurance coverage on each of its trucks not counting an excess coverage or umbrella policies. When they admit fault, it opens them up to claims against that money. And since the burden of proof in personal injury cases is on the plaintiffs, they will make you work for every cent and prove your case.
There are also other challenges to face when you go up against an industry giant like FedEx. In many cases they will try to run the clock out on your claim. Most states including Pennsylvania have statutes of limitations for injury claims. So if FedEx can manage to delay proceedings and string you along for that period of time without you filing a lawsuit, they can make your claim go away. Regardless of how much at fault FedEx was for your injuries, once the statute of limitations expires in accordance with Pennsylvania truck laws, you will not be able to collect compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
FedEx also has a large team of defense counsel at its beck and call who fight for their rights and best interests. They have public relations officials who will attempt to put down your statements and uphold the company’s reputation. You can help turn things in your favor and beat the odds by retaining the services of an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer, someone who will look out for your best interests and fight hard to protect your rights.
What to Do After a FedEx Truck Accident?
If you have been injured in a truck accident, there are a number of steps you can take in order to protect your rights:
- File a police report and make sure your account of the accident gets into the report. Obtain a copy of the report for your records.
- Get prompt medical attention, treatment and care for your injuries. Truck accidents could result in major injuries that need immediate attention.
- Gather as much evidence as possible from the accident scene including the name of the FedEx truck driver, his commercial license number, the vehicle’s license plate and serial number and insurance information.
- Take as many photographs as you can of the accident scene and your injuries. If you are unable to do so, have a friend or family member do that for you.
- Secure contact information for anyone who might have witnessed the accident. Eyewitness testimony can be critical to your injury claim.
- Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer in Pennsylvania who has specific experience in handling truck accident cases against FedEx and other package delivery companies.
Why You Need a Lawyer
As seen earlier, companies like FedEx have an army of lawyers at their disposal. Their people will be at the scene early on in the process collecting evidence that will help them. You need an advocate on your side, someone who will collect the evidence you need to build your case and prove your claim. Such evidence could be very quickly lost or misplaced if it is not requested and preserved right away. An experienced lawyer can help you seek and obtain a settlement for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, permanent injuries and disabilities.
Call KaplunMarx today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.