One Fatality in FedEx Truck Crash
One person died in a crash involving a FedEx truck on Interstate Highway 80 in Vacaville, CA, according to the California Highway patrol. The crash happened at about 2 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Weber Road eastbound off-ramp. Our thoughts are with the family.
As of 8/29/2016, accidents involving FedEx Ground, Freight and Express in the past 24 months have resulted in 63 fatalities and 998 injuries, according to the US DOT. This most recent accident increases the total fatalities to 64. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman have helped clients and their families sue FedEx for compensation after a crash where there was evidence that the company driver was at fault.
If your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver, your family can sue for wrongful death and hold accountable the driver, the trucking company and others. Our accident attorneys recently won a $4.01 million case for a family where the vehicle that caused the accident experienced equipment failure.
Truck accidents are different than other vehicle accidents because of the federal laws that govern the trucking industry. Federal regulations require that certain evidence must be maintained, but only for a limited amount of time. When we are hired to sue a trucking company, we immediately take steps to insure our ability to build a case that we know we have a good chance of winning at trial. Below are 5 things we do to build strong cases for our clients:
- Send a spoliation letter. This is a letter we to the trucking company requesting that the company keep all evidence related to the accident.
- Interview witnesses. This has to be done before the memories of the the involved parties begin to fade.
- Hire accident reconstruction specialists. Because we have experience with these cases, we have built relationships with the best forensic engineers in the business, who we hire to strengthen your case.
- Examine the crash vehicles. All of the vehicles involved in the crash should be inspected by accident reconstruction experts for evidence of the impact and defective parts.
- Decide where to file the lawsuit. Truck accident lawsuits often involve people and companies from different states which creates a unique set of legal issues unique to each case. The choices a lawyer makes in deciding where to file can mean the difference between $500,000 and millions of dollars for an injured person. This is one of the many reasons it is really important for you to find a lawyer who specializes in commercial truck accident cases.
Sources: http://patch.com/california/dixon/just-1-killed-i-80-crash-involving-fedex-truck; http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx
This is not legal advice, and it does not establish an attorney/client relationship. Our lawyers are licensed to practice law in Minnesota. An attorney from the appropriate jurisdiction should be contacted.
30 August, 2016