If it feels like you are seeing delivery trucks with more frequency on central Florida roads these days, you probably are. Increases in online shopping and other types of deliveries have necessitated using all types of delivery vehicles, including vans, box trucks, and semi-trucks.
If a delivery truck hit your vehicle and caused injuries, you should consult with a Tampa FedEx truck accident lawyer to discuss your case. Should you and your dedicated truck crash attorney be able to show that the driver of the FedEx truck made an error behind the wheel causing your crash and injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain, suffering, and reduction in quality of life.
Distasio Law Firm knows just how difficult it can be to deal with this type of situation on your own, especially when you miss work while trying to heal from your injuries. We take pride in holding parties that cause personal injuries for others accountable for their actions. Call us today for a free consultation.
Frequency of FedEx Crashes
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), from mid-2018 to mid-2020, FedEx Ground drivers nationwide have been cited for thousands of unsafe actions while behind the wheel or defective equipment violations during inspections. Many of which could potentially lead to a FedEx truck crash. Some of the most frequent offenses for FedEx Ground drivers during this time include:
- Speeding up to 10 mph above the speed limit with 505 violations
- Failure to obey a traffic control device with 434 violations
- Lane restriction violation with 407 violations
- Speeding up to 14 mph above the speed limit with 359 violations
- Speeding more than 15 mph above the speed limit with 290 violations
- Unsafe tire inflation with 268 violations
- Defective turn signals with 227 violations
- Using a handheld telephone while operating a CMV (or Commercial Motor Vehicle) with 216 violations
- Defective vehicle lighting or reflective material with 195 violations
- Defective parking brake system with 148 violations
- Vehicle brakes out of adjustment with 142 violations
- Unsafe tire tread level with 135 violations
- Improper lane change with 101 violations
Some of these violations reflect mistakes on the FedEx driver’s part, while some of them reflect an error on the part of the maintenance team that cares for the truck. Regardless of who made the error, any of them could be a sign of negligence, providing the proof you and your attorney need to have the best chance of a successful personal injury claim.
For help with your case, consider retaining a Tampa FedEx truck accident attorney. These cases are not always easy to prove, so having a legal team on your side is beneficial. Contact Distasio Law Firm today for a free review of your case.
Common Causes of FedEx Accidents
When a truck driver crashes, it is not always the fault of the trucker. Even though the FedEx truck is almost always larger and heavier than the typical passenger car on Florida’s roads, the larger size alone does not automatically place the truck driver at fault.
If the FedEx driver makes a mistake while behind the wheel, though, this can show that the driver is at fault in your FedEx trucking collision, providing a crucial piece of evidence to help prove fault for your pain, suffering, medical bills, and long term health outlook.
Common causes of driver error that result in delivery truck crashes include the following:
Florida Statutes 316.305 prohibits any driver from texting while driving. If the FedEx driver is using their smartphone to communicate with the dispatch team or trying to find an address while operating the vehicle and ends up in an accident, this is a sign of negligence on the part of the driver.
Drivers of delivery vehicles must always keep their eyes on the road, only looking for things inside the vehicle or using a smartphone or GPS device when safely parked off the roadway.
Any truck driver operating a commercial motor vehicle in the state of Florida must adhere to the state’s stringent driving while intoxicated laws. Any commercial vehicle driver who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.04% or higher is in violation of the law, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
Because of the large size of trucks, their drivers must be fully alert, and even a small amount of alcohol could leave the driver unable to make the proper decisions while behind the wheel.
Violating Traffic Laws
Sometimes, a FedEx truck driver may be late for completing his or her route, meaning the driver may begin behaving more aggressively on the roads. This aggressive behavior can increase the possibility of an accident due to the driver beginning to speed, running traffic lights, or changing lanes recklessly.
If the driver who hit you received a traffic ticket from police, this is a piece of evidence you and your experienced Tampa FedEx truck crash lawyer can use in your personal injury claim.
Learn More About Your Legal Options by Contacting a Tampa FedEx Truck Accident Attorney
According to Florida Statutes 95.11, victims in personal injury cases have up to two years to begin the process of filing a claim. However, Distasio Law Firm recommends that you start the proceedings as soon as possible after the truck crash. This allows us to immediately begin our investigation, ensuring that witnesses have the facts regarding the FedEx trucking accident fresh in their minds.
We will be ready to begin working on your case as soon as you choose to retain us. Contact us for a free case review with a Tampa FedEx truck accident lawyer. We know how insurance companies try to treat victims in crashes, and a FedEx truck accident lawyer from our firm also knows how to counteract these actions.
Because we work on a contingency fee basis, you do not need any money upfront to secure our services. Instead, our payment comes from a percentage of the final settlement amount in your case. Should the insurance company for FedEx refuse to come to a fair settlement during negotiations, we will defend your right to receive the compensation you may be entitled to in a court case.