FedEx Truck Accident Lawyer
FedEx is one of the largest package delivery companies in the world. Every day, FedEx delivers thousands of packages across the country and across the globe. They have more than 450,000 employees worldwide. As more and more people do their shopping online, there is an increased need for FedEx delivery services. This means that there will be even more trucks on the road. Their fleet of trucks is highly recognizable with their blue and orange logo on a white background. If you travel around Houston, you are likely to see multiple FedEx trucks.
While shopping online has made life easier for Americans, it also comes with some potential problems. FedEx drivers are under tremendous pressure to make a large number of deliveries each day. This means that FedEx drivers are more likely to be in a hurry to get from stop to stop. Although FedEx drivers must go through testing and safety training, no one is immune from making mistakes. When drivers try to hurry to their destinations, they are more likely to make mistakes and to get involved in accidents.
Generally, truck drivers are only required to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) when they drive vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Therefore, the size of the vehicle determines the type of license the driver requires. FedEx drivers must have a good driving record. Even with the safety and training requirements in place, accidents with FedEx trucks may occur. When an accident happens, you may be left with serious injuries and damages to your vehicle. When an accident is due to negligence on the part of the truck driver, you may be owed money for your damages.
FedEx accidents are not uncommon. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), FedEx trucks were involved in more than 1,700 crashes in the two-year period. Of that number, 575 injuries and 41 deaths were reported.
If you are hurt in an accident with a FedEx truck, you need to seek legal guidance from a FedEx truck accident attorney in Houston. Our FedEx crash attorneys will gather evidence in the case and will work on your behalf to help you get the compensation you are owed. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and more.
Early Investigation of FedEx Wreck is Helpful
The sooner you retain a top attorney for an injury accident the better. Vital evidence about the collision and the vehicles must be preserved after some severe wrecks. Here is a list of critical evidence which we work to obtain:
- Witness Statements
- Scene Diagrams
- Scene Photographs
- Computer Data from the FedEx truck
- Vehicle Inspection
- Back-up Police Information
- Investigation of the Driver
- Employee File of the Driver
What are Common Causes of FedEx Truck Accidents?
There are many things that can cause or contribute to a FedEx truck accident. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- Improper training
- Improperly loaded vehicles
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Inattentive driving
A complete investigation of the crash will reveal the cause of the crash. Sometimes the cause of the accident is immediately apparent. However, truck accidents are often complicated and might involve a number of factors. It is best to leave the investigation to experts and to seek help from our skilled Houston FedEx truck accident attorney.s Once retained our lawyers will protect your rights and uncover the facts of the accident.
What Steps Should I Take Following a FedEx Truck Accident?
Reporting the Crash
- Call the police to report the accident and get medical care for your injuries.
- Take photos of the accident only if it is safe to do so.
- Obtain information from the truck driver including his driver’s license and insurance details.
Seeking Medical Help
- Do not wait to go to the doctor or emergency room because the longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to prove that the accident caused the injuries.
- Many people don’t know that emergency rooms are not designed to treat injuries unless they may be life-threatening.
- Following up with medical care as recommended by the hospital is essential to prove your damages.
- When possible seek treatment from specialists like an orthopedic surgeon, or a neurologist or similar specialist.
Dealing With The Claim
- Do not give a recorded statement to the FedEx adjuster
- Do not give a medical record release to the adjuster
- Be wary of the tactic “we accept responsibility“
- Contact a knowledgeable FedEx truck accident attorney in Houston.
You can be sure that FedEx has a legal team that does nothing but handle accident claims. Their job is to try to reduce or eliminate the amount of money they payout for damages. Handling the truck accident claim on your own is a mistake. Therefore, you need to immediately get a skilled attorney on your side to handle the issues that will come up and ensure that you get a fair settlement.
How Do You Prove Fault in a Fed Ex Truck Accident?
It is important to be able to prove the driver at fault in an accident. A negligent driver is responsible for your damages and injuries but only if you are in a position to prove their fault. Your attorney will gather evidence that is necessary to prove negligence in the case. You will need to show that the FedEx driver was negligent and that the negligence caused your injuries. Our FedEx accident lawyers will review the police report, witness statements, and obtain other vital evidence from the case.
For instance, there could be video surveillance that recorded the incident. In some instances, accident reconstruction is helpful to determine how the accident happened. Additionally, you may need information from FedEx regarding the maintenance of the vehicle and the safety record of the driver.
Should I Accept a Settlement?
FedEx will likely want to settle your claim as quickly as possible if fault for the wreck is crystal clear and they want to cap their financial exposure. FedEx prefers to keep the incident out of the press, if possible.
FedEx will often try to offer you a settlement check for your injuries while you are still treating and before you may know the extent of your injuries. Keep in mind that when you accept a personal injury settlement from the insurance company for FedEx you will generally waive your right to take any legal action. All too often, the initial settlement is too low and may not even cover the medical costs that you incurred due to the injury.
There is a reason many insurance companies make early offers after clear liability accidents- to pay as little as possible on the claim. If you accept an early low-ball offer you have shifted the risk of further treatment to yourself.
Instead, allow your truck accident attorneys to handle negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.
If a fair settlement cannot be reached, the matter can go to the court where a judge or jury will make the decision.
In some instances, punitive damages may be part of your case. Call us for a FREE consultation- (281) 893-0760!
Help from an Experienced Houston FedEx Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member was seriously hurt in an accident with a FedEx truck, you have rights. The negligent driver and/or company should be held accountable for your injuries. At Baumgartner Law Firm we handle a great many truck accidents. We understand how to handle the complicated issues of truck crashes and work hard to get you compensation for your damages. Contact our Houston FedEx truck accident attorneys for a free initial case consultation to discuss your injuries.