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Fatal crash in Oakland, California, involved FedEx Truck

A deadly crash involving a FedEx truck and a sedan occurred on Highway 880 at 66th Avenue in Oakland on Dec. 21, 2017, blocking all southbound lanes of traffic for several hours. The FedEx truck was carrying two trailers. The deceased was the driver of the sedan. The accident is still under investigation and a cause is not yet known.

Accidents involving company vehicles, especially tractor trailers, happen every day. Due to the weight of these trucks, the accidents are often fatal. It is extremely important that an accident investigation be performed as its outcome will determine who is liable. In the case of a company truck, if the truck driver is found to be at fault, both he or she, and the trucking company may be liable.

Wrongful death claims and major trucking accidents often go hand-in-hand. They are complex matters that usually require the assistance of an attorney. Further, it is of utmost importance that the family of the deceased take immediate measures after an accident to secure crucial evidence.

Truck drivers must meet specific requirements. For example, one requirement is that a time log is kept. This is to ensure that a driver is not driving longer than the allotted number of hours per trip without a break. If it turns out that a crash was caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel due to not taking adequate rest periods, the time log will be an important piece of evidence. There are several other evidentiary items that would also need to be immediately protected. Anyone who loses a loved one in a trucking accident needs an experienced attorney on their side when picking up the pieces.

Source: SanFranciso.CBSLocal.com, "SB 880 In Oakland Reopened After Deadly Crash Involving FedEx Truck," Dec. 21, 2017

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