Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents people injured or killed in accidents involving RPS trucks. Our attorneys appreciate the physical, emotional and financial battle injury victims face following a trucking accident. We pledge to recover every element of damages that you are entitled to under the law. Contact our office for a free review of your RPS truck accident case today.
Originating in Akron Ohio in early 1985, Roadway Package System (RPS) transport company began as a low-cost competitor to its rival United Parcel Service (UPS). From its humble beginnings, the once small parcel delivery trucking company provided coverage across many Mid-Atlantic states. It then became a subsidiary of Roadway Services, which offered parcel transport solutions across Canada and the United States.
The company was formed to take advantage of computer technologies explicitly designed to handle material using a new barcode system. By 1997, FedEx Corporation merged with RPS and reorganized the LTL (less than truckload) portion of their business by forming FedEx Ground. Part of this merger included the buyout of Viking Freight, to provide delivery of small packages within a 1 to 5 day period to every state in the nation and Canada.
Vehicle and Driver Statistics For RPS
RPS, doing business as FedEx Ground, operates nearly 4500 large commercial trucks including tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and parcel vans. More than 7300 drivers move the fleet across North America’s highways, city streets, rural areas and side roads.
The millions of miles traveled every year increase the trucking company’s liability, from many drivers that have been involved in an RPS truck accident. Over the course of the last 24 months up to March 2014, the ground parcel delivery company had been involved in 1047 accidents, with 33 fatalities and 362 injuries.
Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through FMCSA (Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration) indicate that 170 one of the 7386 drivers working for FedEx Ground (RPS) were taken off the roadways due to failed inspections. That number represents 2.3 percent of the total amount of drivers working for the company, which is slightly less than half of the 5.51 percent national average.
Also, as a result of failed vehicle inspections, 636 of the 4494 fleet trucks operated by FedEx Ground were removed during the same period. This statistic represents 14.2 percent of the total amount of trucks in the fleet, which is less than the national average of 20.72 percent.
Serious RPS Truck Accidents with Injuries
Often, truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for accidents with severe injuries occurring on the highways. In some cases, multiple parties are held legally accountable. The individuals and entities at fault in a truck accident lawsuit might include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- Individuals who lease a commercial truck or trailer
- Manufacturers and suppliers of vehicles, tires, braking systems, and other components that could be defective
- Maintenance crews and mechanics that fail to maintain the cargo trucks
- Management teams that fail to provide adequate training to drivers
- Cargo loaders and unloaders
Often, truckers on the roadway become tired when attempting to meet deadlines by delivering the cargo within a specific time constraint. Bad decisions, poor roadway conditions, inclement weather, defective tires and brakes along with inexperience can increase the chance of catastrophic accidents involving passenger vehicles on the nation’s highways.
It is the duty of the trucking company and all truckers on the road to follow established federal standards, rules, and regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations under Title 49 contains most of the developed standards that regulate the trucking industry. When the trucking company, truck part manufacturers and truckers fail in their duty to follow these rules and regulations, they can all be held accountable for their negligence. As a result, many victims suffering serious injuries from a large commercial truck accident seek out legal representation for financial compensation.
Legal Representation For People Injured In Accidents With RPS Trucks
Victims of an RPS truck accident usually face years of pain, suffering, rehabilitation and additional surgeries due to the catastrophic event. Often, their injuries are significantly severe to the point that they are unable to continue working, creating a life-altering scenario for them and their family. As a result, the victims will often hire an experienced attorney to file a claim to obtain financial recompense for their injuries.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC handle cases involving large vehicle crashes. They provide legal representation for victims suffering severe injuries or wrongful death. The law firm builds a solid team with experts to investigate the accident, gather evidence, obtain witness statements, and offer expert testimony at trial. The attorneys at (888) 424-5757 can evaluate the case through a no-obligation free initial consultation and provide legal counsel on the best way to proceed. Contact us today!
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