What You Need to Know if You Have Been Injured in an Accident With FedEx
FedEx is the second largest package delivery company in North America. They also operate the second largest fleet of trucks and commercial vehicles to move their packages around the country and around the world. FedEx is a truly massive company, nearly 4 times the size of XPO Logistics, the next biggest trucking company. Given the size of the company, the number of employees, and the size of their truck fleet, accidents involving FedEx trucks are almost unavoidable. With that being said, unlike most of the companies we profile, FedEx has an astonishingly good safety record.
Despite their impressive safety record, accidents involving FedEx trucks still injure people and result in fatalities. In our experience, companies like FedEx, while they may do their best to prevent accidents, do not step up to the plate after their drivers have injured someone in an accident. They have their own attorneys who will do their best to make sure that their liability is minimized and yours is maximized.
To have any chance of successfully holding FedEx accountable, victims usually need an experienced truck accident attorney, who can make their side of the story stick in front of a jury. The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices explain how this process works.
Questions answered on this page:
- What can I expect when pursuing a personal injury claim against FedEx?
- How is suing a company with a reputation for safety different than suing a less reputable company?
- Won't FedEx just pay me for my injuries?
- Why do I need an attorney?
A Quick Look at FedEx
FedEx is a parcel delivery company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, which took in $57.57 billion in revenue, in 2017. Consisting of 33,119 vehicles, driven by 51,341 drivers, FedEx boasts the second largest fleet of trucks in the United States, behind only the U.S. Post Office and U.P.S. The growth of FedEx is even more astonishing when you consider that the company has only been around for 45 years.
A quick look at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety statistics shows that, over the past two years, FedEx has been involved in 405 crashes. There was someone injured in 147 of those collisions and a further 13 resulted in fatalities. Numbers like that are remarkably small given the size of the fleet, the number of drivers, and the nearly 1 billion miles traveled by FedEx drivers.
Despite having as clean a record as any trucking company on the roads, even the safest of companies can still fail to give employees adequate time off, fail to maintain vehicles properly, or commit some other unsafe practice, which leads to the death or injury of innocent people on our roadways.
What to Expect When You Sue FedEx
The toughest thing for most people to accept after they have been injured by a trucking company like FedEx is that the company will not just accept liability for the accident. As a society, we expect that when people make a mistake, they step up to the plate and admit that they messed up. If you have been injured by a FedEx truck, this will most likely never happen, which can make people who have been injured by FedEx absolutely furious.
FedEx literally has a million reasons never to admit fault. Like other trucking companies, FedEx has $1,000,000 of insurance on each of its trucks, not counting any excess coverage or umbrella policies. Admitting fault opens them up to claims against that money. As a result, FedEx will likely make you prove every claim, down to the last cent. This goes beyond just showing copies of repair and medical bills to an adjuster. Those adjusters know that without authentication, those documents will not be allowed into a court room. Having medical bills and getting them into court are two totally different matters. Every injured person has the former, very few can do the latter on their own. In other words, they cannot get those documents into court without the assistance of qualified truck accident attorney.
Another tactic trucking companies employ is to run the clock out on your claim. Most states have statutes of limitations built into injury claims. While they vary from state to state, and in some instances depend on the type of injury, 2 years is a good rule of thumb, although it is best to consult with an attorney who knows the laws in your state before acting based on that assumption.
What this means is that if FedEx or any other company can manage to string you along for two years without you filing a lawsuit, your claim vanishes. It doesn't matter how liable FedEx was for your injuries, after the statute of limitations expires, you are legally barred form collecting money related to your injury, or the death of a loved one.
Grossman Law Offices Can Make a Difference
So if you've been injured, the company has amazing public relations, an army of lawyers, and a nation's worth of money backing it, and you are under pressure from lost wages, mounting debt, and huge medical bills, who do you turn to? If it seems like things are stacked against you, it is time to reshuffle the deck and stack it in your favor by hiring the right truck accident injury attorney.
The right attorney has the resources to fight a company like FedEx. The right attorney has the experience to know how the law works and how trucking companies try to use it to their benefit. The right attorney understands your pain and that of your family and works diligently to make sure that you get what you are lawfully entitled to, as quickly as possible.
For the past 25 years, hundreds of truck accident victims and their families have decided that Michael Grossman was the right attorney for them. They made that decision because of Grossman Law Offices proven track record of holding companies, big and small, accountable for the injuries they inflict on others. Simply put, Grossman Law Offices gets results.
When you need to hold a company accountable for the damages they have inflicted on you or your family, be sure to give Grossman Law Offices a call at (855) 326-0000. The call is toll-free and we pick up the phone 24/7.
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