FedEx Freight Truck Accident Attorneys
Vikings Freight was founded in 1966, transporting goods in selected regions of California. Twenty years later, the company expanded its deliveries to ten western states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Caliber System, Inc. then acquired Viking that was eventually acquired by Federal Express Corporation in January 1998.
By 2006, FedEx purchased Watkins Motor Lines in Florida and re-branded the merged companies to FedEx Freight Canada and FedEx National LTL. In 2011, FedEx National LTL became FedEx Freight. It was then that the company launched its subsidiaries, including FedEx Freight Priority and FedEx Freight Economy. In 2018, FedEx Freight generated a gross annual revenue of $7,352,000,000.
FedEx Freight, Inc.
5431 E. Williams, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85711
Website Address: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/freight-services.html
FedEx Freight is a Truckload (LT) carrier, meaning the company delivers one truckload containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. This type of trucking is the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight. FedEx Freight is part of FedEx Logistics, a significant network providing comprehensive supply chain solutions worldwide.
FedEx Freight Accidents With Injuries and Fatalities
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 5000 of the 35,000+ fatalities on America's roads and highways are caused by semi-tractor-trailers. These accidents tend to be catastrophic when a massive, fully loaded 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle while traveling at the speed limit on the interstate.
It is not challenging to understand why so many crashes occur each year involving commercial vehicles. To remain competitive, FedEx Freight must ensure that their deliveries reach their destination on schedule. The demand for shipments to arrive on time places a heavy burden on truckers already working extended hours and driving long distances they after day. A small sampling of FedEx Freight accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on October 18, 2019 - The New Jersey State police reported a four-vehicle crash involving a FedEx Freight truck that ran off the road and collided into other vehicles on Interstate 80 at night. The accident occurred in Parsippany-Troy, New Jersey. The accident resulted in four injuries and three fatalities.
- Fatal Accident on October 3, 2019 - The Wayne Police Department reported a one-vehicle accident involving a pedestrian on New Jersey State Road 23 during daylight hours. The deadly accident involved a FedEx single-unit truck driving on a divided two-way road. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on September 30, 2019 - The Austin Police Department reported a deadly two-vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 35. The nighttime accident involved a FedEx semi-tractor-trailer that ended with one fatality.
- Accident on December 4, 2019 - The Connecticut State Police reported a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 (westbound) in Danbury, Connecticut. The accident involved an intermodal FedEx freight tractor pulling a double trailer. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on December 13, 2019 - The Houston Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash involving a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer. The incident occurred on Belford Street in Houston, Texas, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on December 13, 2019 - The Ohio State Police (Ravenna) reported a one-vehicle crash where a FedEx Freight semi-tractor-trailer collided with a fixed object after running off the road on Interstate 76 in the Township of Rootstown, Ohio, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on December 14, 2019 - The Nevada Highway Patrol reported in a vehicle crash on Route 2 in Nevada. The accident involved a FedEx freight tractor-trailer colliding with other motor vehicles, resulting in four injuries.
- Crash on December 11, 2019 - The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported a two-vehicle crash on Old Dunbar Road in Casey, South Carolina. The accident involved a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer that resulted in one injury.
Common Causes of Semi-truck Accidents
Statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed many of the common causes associated with commercial vehicles in the United States include:
- Distracted Driving - The trucker should never send text messages, use their mobile phone, or read their email while operating their commercial vehicle. Distracted driving could lead to severe harm or death.
- Aggressive Behavior - Reckless driving by any truck could cause a crash and result in serious injuries or wrongful death of innocent drivers or passengers.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
- Driving Under the Influence - Operating a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can create a dangerous situation for everyone sharing the roadway.
Often, the police will cite commercial truck drivers involved in accidents for their erratic movements, failure to ensure the adequate distance between vehicles, or driving distracted while talking on the phone. In these cases, attorneys working on behalf of their clients can obtain monetary recovery by proving to the claim's adjuster or jury that the trucker and trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the road.
Filing a Compensation Claim for Personal Injury Caused by a Truck Accident
Any victim injured in an accident involving a semi-tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle can seek and obtain financial recovery from every party responsible for the incident. However, the victim must follow Illinois tort laws when presenting a case for compensation. Often, the process is complicated. Injured victims can submit a claim for compensation or file a lawsuit against every responsible party and take their case to court or negotiate an out of court settlement.
When a victim files a truck accident claim for compensation, they get the financial recovery they deserve to ensure that their lives get back on track. Resolving the claim covers:
- Ongoing medical bills and hospital costs
- Lost past, present, and future earnings caused by time away from your job
- Rental car reimbursement while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- The cost of replacement of your "totaled" car or truck
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC Can Make the Difference
The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have been successful in handling many truck accident cases for clients suffering injuries caused by large commercial trucks. Our legal team maintains an aggressive position to develop a healthy strategy on your behalf to fight back against large trucking companies hoping to avoid legal liability for your severe or deadly accident.
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