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Omaha is home to a FedEx shipping center where many trucks come and go to pick up and deliver packages. Unfortunately, trucks are dangerous and a truck accident can have devastating effects on a person’s life.

FedEx statistics show that just because the truck is a delivery truck does not mean they are not involved in serious crashes. In the United States alone, within a period of 24 months, FedEx Express trucks were involved in 467 crashes, FedEx Ground trucks were involved in 2005 crashes, and FedEx Freight trucks were involved in 891 crashes – a total of 3,363. Of these crashes, 93 resulted in a fatality, and 1,067 caused an injury.

If you or a loved one have become a FedEx statistic, get in touch with Bottlinger Law L.L.C. We will advocate for you and do our utmost to get a great result.

About FedEx

FedEx is a courier delivery company that began in Tennessee but has expanded nationally and internationally. Daily, FedEx delivers 15 million packages and, in 2019, had a revenue of $70 million. Due to the number of packages that FedEx delivers, its drivers work in a fast-paced environment and are pressured by delivery times.

FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight are the three corporations that ship the packages. Combined, they have approximately 180,000 delivery vehicles consisting of vans, box trucks, and tractor-trailers.

What Delivery Practices Put Others at Risk?

FedEx delivery drivers are expected to constantly be rushing to get packages delivered on time, mostly because FedEx promises a short turnaround. This leads to drivers being fatigued. Fatigue can cause accidents as drivers may fall asleep at the wheel or because it decreases their reaction speed.

Another practice that FedEx unfortunately participates in is hiring drivers and failing to train them properly. Driving a truck can be a daunting experience for new drivers and, without proper training, they may not know how to react in certain scenarios, resulting in accidents.

What Duties Are We Owed by FedEx Drivers?

  • Proper maintenance of vehicles
  • Well-trained drivers: A well-trained driver can decrease the likelihood of an accident because they know how to react when in traffic. For example, if the weather conditions were bad, a well-trained driver would slow down, drive to the conditions, and turn on their lights so that they can be seen by other vehicles.
  • Well-rested drivers: Drivers working long hours without proper rest will have decreased reaction speeds and may fall asleep. Additionally, they may speed to get the job done faster or try to distract themselves by turning up the radio or talking on the phone to stay awake. This creates many dangers that can lead to accidents.

How Is Liability Determined?

Liability falls on the negligent party. This is usually the driver of the vehicle, but because FedEx truck drivers are employed by FedEx, it is likely that their employer will be liable. However, this would not apply when the driver is an independent contractor.

FedEx may also be liable for instances where they failed to train the driver properly or overworked the driver. In cases where the liability falls outside of FedEx, the manufacturers may be liable if a manufacturing fault caused the accident.

What Compensation Can You Get?

There are many forms of compensation that might be available to you depending on your circumstance. The most common are:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering

Whatever the circumstances, an Omaha truck accident lawyer will be able to examine and investigate your case and determine potential compensation. Bottlinger Law L.L.C. will fight for you to receive the maximum compensation available if you or a loved one have been involved in a FedEx accident. Call us today at (402) 505-8234 to get quality legal advice from our friendly and experienced attorneys.

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