Collision With a FedEx Vehicle
FedEx is a transportation and package delivery company operating around the world. Though the company claims to be focused on safety and high professional standards, accidents involving FedEx vehicles can and do happen. According to statistics, FedEx was involved in 497 crashes between 2011 and 2012. These accidents resulted in 197 injuries and 11 deaths. If you have been hit be a FedEx truck and injured, you may wonder what to do now.
Can you file a claim against FedEx for compensation for the injuries you sustained?
The answer may be yes. However, there are many factors to take into consideration. Accident cases dealing with large companies like FedEx can get complicated. You’re not just dealing with the company, but their insurance. Don’t try to fight them without the help of our dedicated Sacramento truck accident lawyers. Demas Law Group, P.C., has helped many people fight big companies like FedEx.
Let us be there for you. Contact us today at (888) 776-0977.
Who Is Responsible in a FedEx Truck Accident in Sacramento?
The first thing you must do is determine who is responsible for the accident. Claims made against a commercial trucking company like FedEx are similar to claims made against the driver of a personal vehicle. In a Sacramento car accident, you will usually file a claim against the driver of the car who caused the collision. However, when a commercial vehicle is involved, there are a number of people or parties you may be able to receive compensation for damages from.
By law, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees, but only if they were acting within the confines of their job during the time of the accident. Because FedEx directly employs and trains their drivers, they are often responsible for them if they cause an accident. If the driver is involved in or responsible for an accident while on the job, the company may be held responsible and forced to pay damages.
When determining who to file a claim against, you must also consider the cause of the accident. The accident may not be the driver’s fault, for example, if the truck had a mechanical malfunction. If this is the case, you might file a claim against the company for not properly maintaining the vehicle, or even the company’s mechanic for not properly servicing their trucks and causing an accident that resulted in injury.
Proving Negligence in a FedEx Truck Accident
Though you may know that the driver or company is at fault, you must prove it. To do so, you will want to gather evidence showing negligence on the driver and/or company’s part. Negligence is a legal term for carelessness that causes personal injury. For a claim to be accepted, negligence must exist and must be proven.
Establishing negligence may be easier if you take advantage of the many federal trucking regulations established in the United States that govern the ways commercial trucks operate on the road. If the truck driver or company has violated any of these established regulations, they may be found to be negligent and at fault for the accident and resulting injuries.
When a recent accident involving a FedEx truck and a charter bus left ten people dead and many injured, several suits were filed against FedEx citing negligence on both the driver and company’s part. Some of these cases state that the driver was knowingly driving at excessively high and dangerous speeds and caused the crash. Some of these cases also state that FedEx trucks have a history of catching on fire and that the company has not resolved this problem. If the truck was being operated under risky conditions then there was a foreseeable risk of injury.
Your Case Against FedEx
When you’re injured in an accident in Sacramento, whether it was the fault of a FedEx driver or mechanical error, you have a right to seek compensation for the damages you suffer. This includes medical costs and pain and suffering. Building a case against a large company like FedEx is difficult and requires help from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
Contact our FedEx Truck Wreck Lawyer Now
If you or a loved one have been injured by a FedEx vehicle, seek the experienced counsel of attorneys who have special training and experience with fighting large companies and in dealing with federal trucking regulation laws.
Demas Law Group, P.C., has taken on big companies like FedEx before. We’ve helped many clients secure compensation to help them heal and move on. We can do the same for you. Call us today at (888) 776-0977.
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