- April 4, 2022
- Vehicle Accidents
Online commerce has grown exponentially in the past years. FedEx is one of the busiest shipping companies, with thousands of drivers trying to keep up with global commercial demand. If you have been in an accident with one of these drivers in the NYC area, you may be wondering what to do if a FedEx truck hits your car. Keep reading to learn some important steps to take.
Global Demand and Pressure on FedEx Drivers
The pressure to keep up with online orders is great. Drivers start the day with numerous destinations to visit, and sometimes they commit traffic errors trying to stay ahead of their schedules. Additionally, the vehicles they drive are dangerous pieces of heavy machinery that are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries and damage than smaller vehicles.
If you are wondering what to do if a FedEx truck hits your car, know that you may have recourse for property damage and bodily harm you incurred.
Because FedEx is a commercial company, seeking compensation is slightly more complicated than seeking compensation from a private party, which is why an experienced truck accident lawyer is essential for your case.
Reasons for FedEx Accidents
FedEx does not have overly grievous accident statistics. In 2019, the company registered just over 400 accidents from a fleet of nearly 90,000 drivers. However, accidents do indeed happen. The following list is of reasons why they often occur:
- Other moving violations
- Deficiencies in training
- Driver fatigue and exhaustion
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance
Each of these reasons alone can be the cause of an accident. And although you may not know the reason for the accident at first, your attorney will eventually find out. If the driver is found to be at fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, damage to property, and even compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Can I Sue FedEx?
Yes. You can sue FedEx for personal injury and property damage caused by its drivers. As stated earlier, claims against companies are often different than those against private parties. Companies like FedEx have teams of lawyers to fight cases like these. But our skilled attorneys will fight to get compensation when the other party is at fault, regardless of who they are.
Why Choose Us to Fight for Your Compensation?
At Kaplan Lawyers, we have successfully represented numerous clients in truck injury claims, including against FedEx and other commercial entities. After a free consultation, our team of truck accident attorneys will review your case and determine the best way forward.
During the process, we will keep you abreast of the progress of your case while we diligently fight for your compensation. You will have the peace of mind you need to get your life back on track, knowing that our team of lawyers is handling your claim. And you don’t pay one cent unless we win compensation in your case.
What to Do If a FedEx Truck Hits My Car
Much of what to do if a FedEx truck hits your car will depend on the circumstances of the accident. With that being said, the following actions should always be observed in an accident with a FedEx driver.
If you’re asking yourself what to do if a FedEx truck hits my car, you should always begin with safety measures. When you are hit by a FedEx truck, you want to remain calm and quickly assess the situation. Quick action can help keep you and others safe as well as protect any legal claims you might have.
Get Vehicles to a Place of Safety
If the vehicles can be moved and it is safe to do so, then pull them to a turnout or into a parking lot to get them out of the way of other moving vehicles.
Use Flares and Cones If Possible
Approaching vehicles need a warning that there is an accident ahead. Cones and flares catch their attention and alert them to slow down.
Seek First-Responder Medical Care If Injured
Call 911 if you are injured to stabilize your injuries and provide preliminary documented evidence for your claim.
No matter how minor the accident or injury, the accident scene can get much worse if the above-listed safety precautions are not observed.
Call the Police
The police report is essential for personal injury and property damage claims. Without it, you will not have an official record suitable for the court.
Upon arrival, the officer will take statements from parties to the accident and other witnesses. These statements are considered on the record, which means they are preserved for future legal proceedings.
Once the officer finishes, there will be a thorough report of the events that caused the FedEx truck to hit you. The lawyer you later employ will use this report when working on getting you the compensation your case deserves.
If you file a police report later, let’s say the next day, then FedEx could argue that the damage was less extensive or caused by someone else.
Once the situation has stabilized, the danger has been minimized, and you have called the police, start taking video of the scene or snap pictures of the scene from every angle. Capture any injuries you or anyone else may have suffered, no matter how minor they seem.
Get Driver and Vehicle Information
This information is essential for your case and will most likely be contained in the police report. However, you should still get these details from the other driver. It will help your attorney speedily get important information for your case, such as the driver’s record of on-the-job performance and maintenance schedules for the vehicle.
Speak with an Attorney
Ultimately, you should contact an attorney who has experience handling car accidents with commercial vehicles. Once you consult with a lawyer on your case, you will have a much better idea of the following:
- Whether you have a valid case
- How much your case may be worth
- How long it might take to settle your case
- The next steps moving forward
You will also have the assurance that your case is moving forward and that you are on the path to potentially receive compensation for your injuries or property damage.
Don’t Wait to Seek Help from a Car Accident Lawyer
If you are in the NYC or Long Island area and have been hit by a FedEx truck, give us a call at Kaplan Lawyers. Our team of car accident lawyers has multiple years of combined experience handling claims against big companies like FedEx. We won’t back down from aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve. We are ready to take on FedEx and their insurer on your behalf.
Ready to get the help you need? You can reach us at (516) 399-2364 for a free consultation.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]