FedEx delivers packages to homes and businesses across the country quickly. It’s an important part of our country’s logistics, but all that traffic means that accidents can happen. The pressure to deliver on time can make a FedEx driver do things that put you at risk.
How can you get compensated if you’re hurt in an accident with FedEx? Contact Morelli Law and our team of Chicago truck accident lawyers. We’ll hold both the driver and FedEx responsible for what happened to you and seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Why Can I Sue FedEx? Isn’t the Driver to Blame?
There is a legal concept called vicarious liability. It holds employers responsible for their employees’ negligent actions if they’re done while they are on duty for the company. This opens the possibility of suing FedEx as part of your case.
We could also hold FedEx responsible for your accident if they committed negligence themselves. Some ways this can happen are:
- Failure to train drivers properly
- Failure to perform proper background checks and traffic accident history checks before hiring
- Failure to maintain equipment used by the driver
FedEx may try to fight back against these claims by saying the driver was an independent contractor. Their insurance company may also try to force you to take a smaller settlement instead of fighting. Don’t let their size fool you. The law is on your side and you can take them on if you have Morelli Law to help you.
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Common Types of FedEx Truck Accidents in Chicago
FedEx drivers are usually safe drivers according to accident statistics. Yet even the safest drivers can get into an accident. Common types of accidents we’ve seen in FedEx truck accidents include:
Some FedEx drivers drive 18-wheelers. These trailers can sway in Chicago’s heavy winds and push them into your lane. Drivers learn techniques to keep this from happening, but their trailer could drift over and cause an accident if they’re not paying attention.
FedEx trucks carry heavy cargo and they must stay balanced to avoid cargo shift. Shifting cargo can cause a truck to suddenly sway during turns. In the worst cases, cargo shifts can cause these trucks to roll over. Drivers must take care to rebalance their loads as they made deliveries, and FedEx must make sure that cargo restraints are in good condition.
All vehicles have blind spots where the driver cannot see other vehicles. Larger vehicles have larger blind spots. If a driver doesn’t take precautions to check their blind spots before shifting lanes, you could get sideswiped by the lane change.
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Causes for Accidents With FedEx Vehicles
When a driver makes a mistake while driving or takes risks, that puts other drivers at risk. These reckless and negligent actions could make them liable for your accident. Common negligent and reckless actions in commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Not keeping their vehicles maintained
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Drunk driving
- Backing up blindly into traffic
- Failure to put on a parking brake when making a delivery
- Failure to yield
If the FedEx driver committed any of these actions and caused a crash, you can sue for compensation. You can receive money for medical bills, car repair, car replacement, lost wages, and many other damages.
How Do I Prove the Driver Was At-Fault?
Winning compensation in Arizona requires you to show that the other driver was the one at fault in the crash. Fortunately, with the help of a FedEx truck accident lawyer in Chicago, you don’t have to do the hard work of proving this.
With one call to Morelli Law, we’ll investigate what happened to you and get the evidence needed to prove that:
- The at-fault driver had a responsibility to keep you safe
- They violated that responsibility by doing something negligent or reckless
- That action caused your crash
- You suffered damages because of the crash.
We will also work to discover if you can also make a claim against FedEx along with the driver. This could substantially increase the amount of compensation you could receive. Every case is unique, so contact Morelli Law to learn how much your case is really worth.
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What Should I Do After My Crash With a FedEx Truck?
The steps you should take after a FedEx truck crash are the same as any other accident. First see if everyone is okay, then contact the police and exchange insurance and contact information with all the drivers.
While you are waiting for the police to arrive, take photos of the vehicles, your injuries, and the crash scene. If there were witnesses, get their contact information for later. Once you’ve given your report to the police, see a doctor as soon as possible for an examination. Then contact Morelli Law to get further advice about your case. The crash report, your medical records, and the photos you have will help us know if you have a strong case.
If you were taken to the hospital immediately because of your injuries, you can call us to get started once you have recovered enough to hold a conversation. A loved one can also call us on your behalf.
FedEx Contacted Me About a Settlement. Should I Take It?
You may get contacted by an insurance adjuster for FedEx quickly after your accident. Be careful what you say to them. They are looking for any way to reduce how much they’ll have to pay you. If you hire an attorney as soon as possible, you can tell them you have legal representation and direct them to your attorney.
Do not accept any settlement offer or sign anything given by an insurer until you’ve spoken with a lawyer. Once you accept a settlement offer, you cannot get money later. Make sure you’re getting the right amount you deserve by working with Morelli Law.
Contact a Chicago FedEx Truck Accident Lawyer Now
If you live in Chicago and you’ve been in an accident with FedEx, call the team with experience in these cases. Morelli Law can help you seek justice. Start by contacting our offices by phone or email to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.