FedEx Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Those Hurt in FedEx Trucking Accidents Across the U.S.
The FedEx Corporation is actually comprised of 4 child companies and 2 grandchild companies. Two of them, FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground, are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which provided the statistics below. FedEx Freight is based in Memphis, Tennessee, while FedEx Ground is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Together, the two companies utilize more than 100,000 vehicles nationwide. From 2015 to 2017, FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground earned a combined 11,670 citations for safety violations.
Their violations included practices like:
- Driving while texting
- Reckless driving
- Speeding through a construction zone
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Speeding (200 citations)
From 2015 to 2017, FedEx trucks were involved in 2,792 crashes. Nearly half of those crashes resulted in injuries, and 80 people died as a result. Statistics like these are why our FedEx truck accident attorneys fight for our clients to hold companies like this accountable.
Truck accidents we've investigated include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
- Commercial vehicle crashes
Motorists and truckers shouldn't have to pay for the company practices that lead to injury or death. Companies like FedEx need to step up and provide for the people their practices hurt. When they don't, our trucking attorneys will be there to hold them accountable, while ensuring that our clients get what they need to rebuild their lives.
If you've been injured in a FedEx trucking accident, speak with our team to review your legal options for free. Call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online today!
The Deadly Impact of Trucking on American Highways
There were more than 150,000 large truck crashes in 2017, resulting in half that many injuries and more than 4,500 fatalities. The bulk of those crashes occurred within Texas state lines, putting us at the top of a list we shouldn't be proud of. Nationwide, commercial trucks only made up 5 percent of the vehicles on the highway, but were involved in 11 percent of vehicle fatalities. Why is that?
The easy answer is size: trucks are up to 80,000 pounds and weigh 20x more than the average sedan. The occupants of any vehicle struck by a truck are going to suffer harm—the size difference only ensures that the injuries are life-altering. With a much higher injury rate and fatality rate than normal car accidents, trucking collisions are some of the most traumatic events anyone can experience on the road.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
The more complex answer is this: trucking companies purposefully encourage their drivers to haul for longer and longer hours. A combination of pay-by-mile arrangements and difficult routes incentivize drivers to get as little sleep as possible, take few breaks, and even break federal regulations in order to haul for longer. Truck companies like FedEx may leave drivers completely unpaid for vital non-driving work, such as waiting for loads, planning routes, or driving to pick up a new load.
Tired drivers lead to vastly more truck accidents and fatalities than we realize. According to FMCSA data, 1 in 7 truck crashes are caused by fatigue. As many as 1 in 4 truck crashes occurred after a driver had been hauling for 17 hours. Our FedEx truck accident lawyers recognize that the culture of "hard-driving" is as much to blame for highway deaths as poor maintenance or negligent driving.
FedEx Truck Accident FAQ
How many FedEx trucks are involved in accidents each year?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), from August 2018 through July 2020 FedEx Ground Package System’s trucks were involved in 2,145 crashes throughout the United States. 61 of these were fatal, 695 caused injury, and 1,389 were classified as towaway crashes, where one or more vehicles were towed from the scene. Because these trucks are large, heavy, and cumbersome, they are more difficult to maneuver and can cause serious accidents if they are driven in a careless manner or are not properly loaded or maintained. The FMCSA performed over 14,000 inspections on FedEx Ground vehicles from August 2018 through July 2020, and just under half yielded evidence of violations.
What types of unsafe driving can cause a FedEx accident?
Of the 3,205 unsafe driving violations noted by the FMCSA from August 2018 through July 2020 involving FedEx Ground vehicles, these included:
- Failure to wear a seatbelt;
- Failure to obey traffic control device;
- Using a hand-held phone while driving;
- Following too close;
- Improper lane change;
- Failure to yield the right of way;
- Improper turn;
- Texting while driving;
- Improper passing
- Inattentive driving; and
- Reckless driving.
There were many other types of violations. Any of these can cause a serious collision that leaves one or more innocent people injured or even killed. That’s why it is so important to hold negligent truck drivers accountable and to demand that FedEx and other shipping companies instill the highest safety standards in all drivers.
My car was hit by a FedEx truck. Do I have a case against FedEx?
If you were driving and were involved in an accident with a FedEx truck, you might wonder who’s responsible. FedEx or one of its subsidiaries may be accountable, but it will take a full investigation into the specific cause of your accident to determine liability. With our resources and knowledge of motor vehicle accidents—specifically those involving delivery trucks—we at Arnold & Itkin can get to the bottom of your collision and help you pursue the financial support and medical care you need.
Speak with FedEx Trucking Crash Attorneys
Arnold & Itkin is committed to fighting for people whose lives were destroyed by trucking company practices. When people are left without the ability to earn a living, without their health or mobility, and without any hope for the future, our attorneys fight on their behalf against the companies that let it happen. Especially because trucking companies know what they're doing.
When one of their trucks causes a serious accident, trucking companies immediately mobilize their army of lawyers, investigators, and adjusters to make sure they're off the hook for it. Their refusal to take responsibility means the damage they cause is paid for by the people who suffer—not from the people at fault. Truck accidents have left people with no way to support their families and no way to afford their treatment.
That's why our FedEx truck accident lawyers level the playing field. We use adjusters and investigators of our own to put pressure on trucking companies, forcing them to own the damage they cause—and many of them do just to avoid meeting us in court. Our trial law firm has helped our clients win billions of dollars to pay for medical care, replace their lost income, and rebuild their lives.
Arnold & Itkin has been able to win against the largest companies in the world because we:
- Have secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
- Have won hundreds of cases worth $1 million or more
- Have won cases in more than 40 states across the nation
- Have set state and national records with our clients' results
You owe it to yourself to learn if you have options. Review your case with a trucking attorney for free—call (888) 493-1629 or use our short form below to get started.