Mail service across the United States makes it possible for you to receive your packages sooner. FedEx is one of the most popular service providers throughout the nation. Unfortunately, you do not need any specialized training to become a FedEx truck driver, nor do you need to carry a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Many inexperienced and negligent FedEx truck drivers are found to be responsible for causing devastating collisions. If you have been hit by a FedEx truck, there are important steps you can take to protect your right to maximum compensation. With help from an experienced Michigan delivery truck accident lawyer at White Law PLLC, you can demand justice and get the financial support you need when you need it most.
Steps to Take If You Get a Hit by a FedEx Truck
Immediately after a FedEx truck accident, you may feel overwhelmed, jarred, and confused about what to do now. First, do everything you can not to panic. This will not solve anything and could make the accident scene more chaotic.
Remain level-headed and prioritize your health, well-being, safety, and right to compensation for your damages. Move yourself and your vehicle out of traffic if possible to avoid a second impact collision. Then, take the following steps:
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Call for Reinforcements
Do not hesitate to use your smartphone or ask bystanders to call for help. Not only should you get the police at the accident scene, but you may also need the local fire department and an ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital for an emergency medical evaluation and treatment. If the FedEx truck driver attempts to convince you that calling for help is not necessary, remain insistent that law enforcement officials be called.
When the police arrive, they will fill out a comprehensive crash report. Investigators can include many details about how the accident occurred, including whether the FedEx truck driver was drunk, under the influence of drugs, speeding, or driving negligently. Then, your personal injury attorney will obtain copies of these reports and include them as valuable pieces of evidence in your truck accident claim.
Collect Evidence at the Accident Scene
At the scene of your truck accident, things may be chaotic. Your injuries might render you helpless until emergency medical technicians arrive. But if they do not, now would be the time to start collecting as much evidence as possible.
The burden of proof in civil claims is based on a preponderance of the evidence. This is just a legal phrase that means the evidence presented must convince the court of the defendant’s liability. Much of this evidence will only be available for a short period of time and could be long gone once the accident scene has been cleared.
Collect witness names and statements, the FedEx truck driver’s information, photos of your injuries, and take video footage of the surrounding property damage at the accident scene. You might take photos of where the speed gauge was stopped if you notice any alcohol bottles in or around the FedEx truck and the damage to the vehicles for accident reconstructionists. You should also detail how the accident occurred in your own words, as you may remember details now that you could forget as time goes on.
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Get Medical Attention
Far too many FedEx truck accident victims make the mistake of not getting the medical attention they require after the collision. When this happens, victims often suffer catastrophic or worsening injuries that could have been easily treated. Even if your injuries do not seem critical, protect yourself by getting medical help.
Your extensive medical records will be valuable pieces of evidence that we can use to prove the value of your claim and the extent of your injuries. Without them, the liable party may be successful in arguing that you have exaggerated the severity of your injuries. The last thing you need is to have a failure to get medical treatment soon after the accident prevent you from getting the most out of your claim.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
Consider Your Legal Options
As soon as possible, call a truck accident lawyer for help. Our team at White Law PLLC has extensive experience handling cases like these and knows how to win for our clients. We will review the details of your case to determine how to best approach your insurance and civil claims.
In some instances, we can get you maximum compensation by filing an insurance claim. However, this may not be the case for every FedEx truck accident claim. You may need to be prepared to demand total compensation at trial when the liable party is uninsured, or insurance settlements are not enough to fairly compensate you.
Stay Off Social Media
Finally, for the duration of your FedEx truck accident case, do not post anything about the crash on social media or online. Anything that can be tied back to you could be misconstrued and introduced as evidence against you with the insurer or at trial. You can protect your settlement by keeping your social media activity to a minimum while pursuing your claim.
Get Help from a FedEx Truck Accident Lawyer Today
FedEx truck drivers, FedEx, and other liable parties need to be held accountable if we are going to do anything to reduce the number of collisions and devastating injuries. By thoroughly investigating the cause of the accident and building a powerful case against them from the start, you have an opportunity to not only recover the compensation you deserve but potentially prevent future FedEx truck accidents. When you have a dedicated FedEx truck accident attorney on your side, you can heal while your personal injury lawyer handles the legal details of your case.
It is time to take action and start rebuilding your life. White Law PLLC offers 100% free consultations to FedEx truck accident victims across Detroit, Lansing, and surrounding communities. When you are ready to take control of your future but are unsure of where to begin, fill out our quick contact form or call our office to take advantage of this opportunity.
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