Delivery Truck Accidents
Most of us have grown accustomed to the daily presence of delivery trucks such as FedEx, or UPS, and how often they are speeding on the freeway or blocking our route in traffic. It doesn't take us long to realize that these companies work seven days a week, which means the cars are constantly rotating. It also means that they need constant maintenance, and that the drivers are probably fatigued. There are hundreds of these vehicles delivering in Sacramento County each day. It is not uncommon to see them on the road, and if an accident occurs it can become a bit tricky.
If you happen to have an accident involving a truck performing service for a delivery company such as FedEx or UPS, there are a few things you should know. Even though they have extensive training on safety and driving techniques, drivers working for these companies are often placed in situations where they are pressured to deliver packages on the clock and this can lead to serious accidents. Finding accountability for the accident may be a challenge, as many different companies and people may be accountable. Keep in mind these companies often sub-contract other contractors for conducting their services, and this is where it can get overwhelming to find an entity on which to assign liability.
It is estimated that the number of vehicles circulating in the US belonging to FedEx alone to be higher than forty thousand. The number of drivers for these vehicles can raise to a staggering one hundred and thirty thousand. If we do the exercise of adding the vehicles and drivers from other companies, quickly we start to understand there is a good chance of being involved in an accident with one of these companies' vehicles. Over the last two years, vehicles representing FedEx were involved in a total of four hundred and seventy four accidents, from which resulted one hundred and ninety seven injured and one death.
From sleep deprivation, failure to follow the rules of the road, or because the cargo was not properly attached, there are many ways in which these vehicles can be the cause of a serious accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving delivery trucks, you will need a lawyer with experience. Call Moseley Collins at (916) 444-4444 for a free consultation.