For more than a decade, Americans have been relying on FedEx for transportation, delivery and business services. Despite the vital service they provide to many individuals and businesses throughout the U.S., FedEx trucks have been involved in a number of motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most recent FedEx accidents include:
- In Charlotte, NC (March 2009), a FedEx driver allegedly fell asleep and collided with two trucks, causing three people to be injured.
- In Orlando, FL (November 2009), a FedEx truck collided with two big rig trucks, resulting in one fatality and a few serious injuries.
- In Saylorsbury, PA (December 2009), a FedEx tractor trailer crashed into a guard rail, rolled down an embankment and eventually crashed into a winery. Both the driver and the passenger of the FedEx truck were injured.
- In Maryland, MD (December 2008), a FedEx truck collided with a passenger vehicle, seriously injuring two people.
Why FedEx Accidents Occur
As with other types of truck accidents, FedEx accidents can occur due to human error or outside factors. When human error plays a role, accident causes may include:
- driver fatigue (Demanding delivery schedules may increase the likelihood that FedEx drivers are fatigued or drive recklessly. However, when other drivers are fatigued, traffic accidents are just as likely to occur.)
- driver intoxication
- inexperience or lack of safety training
- failure to obey traffic laws
Outside factors that can contribute to FedEx truck accidents include:
- poor road conditions
- poor weather conditions
- poorly secured cargo loads (for FedEx tractor trailer trucks)
- vehicle equipment failure
Large Truck Accident Statistics
FedEx trucks are classified as “large trucks,” along with semis, big rigs, 18 wheelers and tractor trailers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications:
- Roughly 13 percent of all traffic accidents involve large trucks
- Nearly 5,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to large truck accidents
- Drivers of other cars (not truck drivers) cause more than 75 percent of all truck accidents
- Most fatal big rig accidents occur on weekdays in rural areas during the day
- Texas, California and Florida are the top 3 leading states in which fatal truck accidents occur
Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been involved in a FedEx truck accident or another truck collision, it's crucial that, once your health is stable, you consult an experienced truck accident attorney to determine whether you have a legitimate injury claim. Injured victims and families of those who have been killed in truck accidents can turn to our experienced truck accidents lawyers for compassionate and committed representation. We will evaluate your specific case and fight aggressively on your behalf. To schedule a private, no-obligation consultation, contact our truck accident attorneys today. We will respond quickly and will address all of your concerns.