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UPDATE: FedEx Wrongful Death Accident in Orland, California

Updates regarding the FedEx wrongful death crash on Interstate-5 raise questions regarding the maintenance and safety of FedEx's vehicles. Eyewitness reports indicate that the FedEx truck was on fire before it collided head-on with a bus that was en route to Humboldt State University for student orientation.

Investigators at the scene have yet to determine if the truck was on fire as reported by eyewitnesses. In fact, according to the NTSB investigation, as reported in the L.A. Times, there is no physical evidence indicating the truck was on fire prior to collision. However, it is very early in the investigation. It will take months to determine all the factors contributing to the accident.

Investigators have speculated that if the eyewitness is correct, and the truck was on fire, either an electrical malfunction or a chemical reaction caused the fire. However, the physical evidence seems to indicate that none of the chemicals that the vehicle was carrying appear to have spilled. However, the fire may have been caused by improper packaging and storage of the chemicals. It is just too early determine.

These recent revelations seem to indicate that FedEx failed to maintain their vehicles in proper working condition as to prevent catastrophic vehicle malfunction. California has a multitude of rules and regulations designed to regulate the safe operation of these large vehicles. Owners and operators of large commercial trucks are subject to strict state and federal regulations, such as California Vehicle Code Sections 34500-34520.5.

FedEx trucks have experienced a variety of similar malfunctions in the recent past. In mid-February of this year, a FedEx truck making a pick-up in Sweetwater, Texas, burst into flames. Later that month, a FedEx tractor trailer caught fire and was totally destroyed along I-81 near Roanoke, Virginia. In March, a FedEx truck fire completely shut down a stretch of I-80 near Park City, Utah.

As more information about the accident is released, victims and the families suffering from the wrongful death of their loved one will be retaining legal counsel to help expose all the responsible parties and sources of recovery. Families whose loved ones were either hurt or killed in this accident should retain an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. In complex cases such as this, experience is important.

If you or a loved one has been hurt, or killed, in an automobile accident, an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson we have been representing victims of car accidents, freeway accidents, big rig accidents, and numerous other automobile accidents for more than 35 years. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078 to arrange an appointment.

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