As far as trucking accidents go, Fedex is on the wrong end of relatively few of them. Even so, with 73,000 vehicles on U.S. roads and nearly 2.8 billion miles traveled in 2019 alone, accidents do occasionally happen — and when any accident involves a truck, it can be devastating, especially for the driver of a smaller vehicle. In truck accidents, 86 percent of fatalities and 77 percent of injuries happen to the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles involved in the crash.
Just like drivers for other trucking companies, Fedex drivers are under constant pressure to keep to a schedule. And when this pressure is coupled with a tremendous volume of miles driven, through starts and stops, this can equal tragedy for those caught on the road during the rare accidents these trucks have.
Fedex truck on the highway in a snowstorm. Source: Wikipedia
What Causes Fedex Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps data on accidents and safety compliance — from mid-2018 to mid-2020 the company’s trucks have been involved in over 2,000 accidents. Of these accidents, 659 caused injury and 58 proved fatal.
While the number of bad outcomes of these crashes comprises a small chunk of the nearly 5,000 deaths that truck accidents account for each year, even one wrongful accident can completely change the course of a life. And according to FMCSA data from 2015 to 2017, FedEx Freight and FedEx Ground racked up a combined 11,670 citations for safety violations.
These violations included:
- Texting and driving
- Reckless driving
- Speeding through a construction zone
- Driving for more than the maximum number of hours
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
The Impact of Trucking on American Roads
In January 2020, a Fedex truck was involved in what has been described as the worst accident in decades. Although the Fedex tractor trailer involved did not cause the crash, simply through its massive presence it played a role in the death of 5 people and the injury of 60 more.
Although commercial trucks only make up about 5 percent of the vehicles on American roads, they account for 11 percent of vehicle fatalities. This makes sense when you realize that trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds — 20 times more than the average sedan!
So when trucks hit snags in their schedule, or have been on the road for more hours than they are legally allowed in order to hit their targets, they comprise a threat to all other drivers on the road, a threat that continues to take its share of lives.
Source: Pxhere.com, photographer Vincent Desjardins, shared under Creative Commons Zero license
Some Facts on Truck Accidents
A report on data from 2015–2017 yielded the following accident facts:
- Most fatal truck crashes occur in the late morning to the afternoon, peaking from 1–2pm
- More than 21 percent of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction, close to the same percentage of passenger car drivers involved in fatal crashes who speed
- Failure to yield the right of way was the most common truck driver error in fatal truck crashes
Our Track Record Winning Truck Accident Cases
McEldrew Young Purtell has won over $200 million for our clients in various personal injury cases. Below are a sample of recent cases we have taken on related to truck accidents:
- $4.5 million settlement on behalf of a young mother who was killed after a trucking company driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The driver and his company were found to be in violation of the hours of service laws, which are statutes governing the number of consecutive hours that drivers can be behind the wheel.
- $2.9 million settlement for a young woman’s survivors when a truck wheel came off the vehicle and struck the woman’s car, killing her. The truck driver had failed to properly perform a pre-trip certification and inspection of wheels.
- $1.8 million settlement for a 43-year-old woman whose vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that crossed the road’s center line, causing her multiple traumatic injuries and permanent disability.
- $1.35 million settlement for the estate of a 58-year-old man whose car was hit by a truck while waiting in traffic.
When to Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
At McEldrew Young Purtell, we take a vested interest in your case. You never pay a dime unless we win. In many cases, we can also advance the expenses necessary to work with experts. We like to view ourselves as partners in your case, and in the challenge of maximizing your claim.
With 30 years of experience litigating truck accident cases, McEldrew Young Purtell welcomes clients from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania communities near and far. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.