FedEx Truck Causes Pedestrian Accident in Foothill Farms
On August 27, a pedestrian accident in Foothill Farms at Roseville Road and Palm Avenue caused injuries to the walker. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a FedEx truck had struck the pedestrian shortly after 9:00 in the morning. Emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene and determined that the walker might have suffered a broken foot in the incident. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital for additional evaluation and treatment. The driver remained at the scene.
What an Attorney Can Do for You
Pedestrian accidents can be tragic with multiple injuries and fatalities. This is usually due to driver negligence. In order to file a claim against the at-fault driver, it is vital that all evidence that proves negligence be discovered. That is why our firm dispatches investigators to the scene of the crash. They search for reasons the accident occurred, interview witnesses who were at the scene and obtain video footage from traffic and storefront cameras that captured the crash. All these elements are important to the case. In addition, we check to see if signage and traffic lights at the intersection are in working order, something that could allow a claim against government agencies. Once the data is accumulated, we turn it over to our legal team who will use it to build a strong case against the defendant for insurance negotiations or in a civil court.
Truck Accidents With Pedestrians
Package delivery trucks, such as FedEx, are often involved in accidents since many travel down narrow urban streets and in residential areas. One of the major issues is that drivers may not be trained properly in dealing with this sort of congestion. Aside from other motor vehicles, drivers need to know how to navigate busy streets. The company is one of the biggest outfits that deliver packages right behind UPS. It delivers about 3.4 million packages daily. FedEx trucks are involved in about 43,000 crashes per year. Of these, about 41 cause fatal injuries. There has been some concern that the correct number of accidents is not being reported, so the final figures are deceptively low.
Insurance Coverage on FedEx Trucks
FedEx carries about $1 million worth of insurance coverage on each of its trucks. The company is known to be slow to admit fault. This is another reason an injured party needs the insight of an injury lawyer. The plaintiff is required to prove fault, and FedEx fights it every step of the way. Your attorney will take the company to task and work to make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve. Remember that there is a statute of limitations, which refers to the time limit you have to file your claim. Your attorney will make sure that all documents are filed in time.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
Annually, over 5,000 pedestrian fatal accidents occur, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Another 129,000 are injured in pedestrian accidents with a motor vehicle. Pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle have the right to be compensated for the financial cost of their injury. The family of a pedestrian killed in an accident can file a wrongful death claim against the defendant in the case.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Some reasons for pedestrian accidents are more common than others:
- Unmarked crosswalks: Crosswalks that are not marked or have poor design are the site of accidents involving pedestrians. If this occurs, your attorney can file a claim against the government agency responsible.
- Texting: Both drivers and pedestrians need to be alert when out and about. Using a handheld device can increase the risk of an accident.
- Dark clothing: Approximately 70 percent of pedestrian accidents happen at night. This can be due to wearing dark clothes, especially in poorly lit areas.
- Left turns: More pedestrian accidents occur when a driver is turning left.
- Right-hand turns: Turning right at an intersection is dangerous too. A driver may focus on traffic and not see the pedestrian right next to them.
Sacramento Truck Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento truck accident lawyer. Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable of our citizens, and an accident involving another vehicle often causes severe injuries. If you were harmed in a pedestrian accident, get in touch with me for my free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. Outside the area code, call (800) 404-5400. An online form is available also.
Two of the groups I belong to that I am especially proud of are the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Forum. The first reserves membership for lawyers who display the highest standards in the legal profession. The second is awarded to those lawyers who have won more than one million dollars for a client through a verdict or settlement.
I have helped numerous people obtain fair compensation for their injury accidents since I began practicing as a lawyer in 1982. This includes areas of personal injury law such as traffic accidents, wrongful deaths, and traumatic injuries.
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