Were you hurt or seriously injured by a DHL aircraft or delivery truck, van, or another vehicle? If so, keep reading. In this article by DHL delivery truck accident attorney, Michael Ehline, we will explore everything you need to know to win money for your DHL related injuries. DHL is an American-founded courier company that was absorbed into Deutsche Post. It’s headquartered remain Bonn, Germany. Deutsche Post DHL maintains the distinction of being the world’s biggest postal service provider.
DHL revenue was above 63.3 billion euros in 2019. DHL operates in over 220 countries. Also, DHL remains the leading airfreight forwarder in the worldwide; as of 2019. They move a lot of freight. For example, in 2018 alone, the DHL “Supply Chain” and “Global Forwarding” divisions transported at least 2.1 million metric tons of airfreight to destinations across the globe.
Speaking of shipping, DHL took third place for ocean freight forwarding. DHL delivered over 3.2 million twenty-foot equivalents of seaborne freight during that period alone. DHL also provides third-party logistics (3PL) support worldwide. According to Dunn and Bradstreet, in 2019, revenue from DHL Worldwide Express from exceeded $18,197,669,000 billion. DHL has the distinction of being the only carrier able to deliver to sanctioned nations, including North Korea.
It delivers over 1.3 billion parcels per year. It’s current head, Dr. Frank Appel oversees an operation that includes 550,000 employees and trainees. Some of its domestic non-freight service types are DHL SameDay Sprintline, DHL Express 9:00 Domestic, DHL Express 10:30 Domestic, DHL Express 12:00 Domestic, DHL Express 18:00 Domestic, and DHL Express Easy.
Part of our job as DHL vehicle accident attorneys is to utilize the legal system to help employees, as well as third parties injured or killed during active business operations. Moreover, we don’t just help these victims get money. We also provide assistance and resources to get you a rental car, and even a doctor, or grief counselor. We know the methods of obtaining public assistance while legal cases are winding their way through the legal system. Courts call the people we help “plaintiffs.”
And fighting DHL is no easy task. Being a good lawyer entails doing your research on the defendants. DHL would be a defendant in cases where someone is hurt during work, or a DHL employee causes a freeway, or surface street accident during package transport. Making sense so far?
DHL Express offers only international services; DHL Global Mail offers both international and domestic services. DHL Express U.S. remains based in Kentucky and Florida. And it deals with the express shipping of items weighing up to 100kg (predominantly). DHL Express is one of the smaller LTL interstate carriers and specializes mainly in the transport of general freight and parcels.
DHL finally pulled back from U.S. express-delivery back in 2008. And this was after a battle for the U.S. market and billions of dollars invested. Ultimately, UPS and FedEx won that battle. But DHL may end up winning the war. First, acquiring Airborne Express and fighting the regulatory battle over the German-owned DHS flying cargo aircraft into the U.S. steeled the company and showed its resolve.
Since just recently, the firm has focused on international parcel shipments, handing off domestic deliveries from its warehouses to the U.S. Postal Service. From a liability perspective, this is a genius move. The risks of employing even one negligent driver may be obviated by having another person deliver the package on behalf of DHL.
Since this article, DHL eCommerce now operates 21 warehouses in the U.S. Finally, DHS Express 2019 U.S. revenues reached $369.28 million. And they are now a key player in the domestic package delivery business.
Yes. DHL has a minor partnership with the USPS, which allows DHL to deliver small packages to the recipient through the USPS network known as DHL Global Mail, now known as DHL eCommerce. It is also the sole provider for transferring USPS mail in and out of Afghanistan. DHL offers services, including deliveries to Iraq, and Myanmar. As it is German-owned, DHL is not really affected by U.S. embargoes or sanctions. So it will even ship to Cuba and North Korea.
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a DHL Truck crash, we invite you to contact the accident attorneys at Ehline Law Firm right now for a free file and evidence review of your evidence. Does DHL Express Safety Data Show Improvement From 2017?
According to the Georgia law firm of Fred Goldberg LLC,
“In the 24-month period prior to December 3, 2017, DHL Express drivers were reported to have been involved in 16 crashes, involving 7 injuries and 1 fatality. From 2012, the number of crashes has increased by 100% and the number of injuries has increased by 75%.” (Source).
However, since that time, despite DHL Express and eCommerce getting into the domestic parcel game, DHL domestic accidents appear to have gone down. However, Ehline Law Firm believes that this is a deceiving drop, as will be discussed.
DHL Express USA Inc is allegedly one of the safest trucking companies in the U.S. according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry in the United States, DHL Express’ over 1,500 drivers are often safer than many of their competitors. Put simply, past crashes are a good predictor of future crashes.
And it’s better for licensing, costs of liability insurance and FMCSA rating, as well as stock value to have as few accidents as possible on your carrier’s record. According to data compiled by the FMCSA, between August 2018 and August of 2020, DHL Express was subject to 154 inspections. Following those inspections, only one driver and two trucks were removed from service. In fact, all of the violations that DHL Express drivers were cited for were in the single digits, with the biggest issue being an inoperable required lamp (7 citations)
In that same timeframe, DHL Express vehicles were involved in 11 “REPORTABLE” (learn more below) accidents including 7 tow away accidents, 4 accidents with at least one injury, and no accidents with a fatality. Even though DHL Express appears to be safe overall, and the debate is ongoing, even the best couriers can make bad judgments under pressure. DHL is leading the way in outsourcing its domestic deliveries supply chain.
In some cases, its contracted couriers will be using unmarked, privately-owned courier vehicles. If they crash, there may be no way of knowing who’s on the hook to pay for the damages to another person on the roads. Because of this, unless your lawyer understands the law of vicarious liability, and work comp regulations, you could be limited in whatever insurance the courier driver maintained.
Saying everyone is an independent contractor keeps DHL’s federal accident reports looking far lower than they would be had DHL maintained a private delivery fleet. It also has the effect of reducing the chances of an injury victim receiving adequate compensation for a terrible accident. For example, for someone with a severe brain or spinal cord injury, the delivery vehicle insurance of 1 million 5 million (Source) alone will not cut it.
But DHL has shielded itself in its liability by making everyone a contractor. Get it? What about the DHL driver who is now classified as something he or she is not?
Is DHL’s Parcel Metro A Subterfuge To Avoid California Employment And Accident Liability Regulations?
Under the supply chain sketched out by DHL, a retailer that receives an order will prepare a package for pickup, a contracted driver will retrieve the parcel “for consolidation.” After that, routes will be assigned to drivers for further consolidation and delivery.
“With the others, you have branded delivery vans that say UPS or FedEx, and they’re wearing uniforms,” she said. “That’s not what DHL is doing here. They are basically partnering with a lot of local courier companies and doing local crowdsourcing. They are the ones that will be doing the last mile delivery. So it’s not going to be a branded DHL van pulling up to your house.” (Source).
In any event, profile reduction liability avoidance methods like this, as well as overall good driver’s training could be the reason DHL appears to so much safer than FedEx or UPS in overall accident safety? Put that in the comments. Do you think DHL’s real accident numbers are fake or contrived? Do you think many of its delivery carriers are really employees being denied benefits, as well as wage and hour rights? It appears as far back as 2007, U.S. Congress was interested in the matter of DHL misclassifying employees as “independent contractors.” “[In regards to DHL]
But secondly, they make it, I believe, mandatory that every driver is an independent contractor. And I wondered, do you know of that situation? Mr. SOCOLOW. Congressman Payne, I guess I would have to get back to you specifically about that situation.” (Source – “THE MISCLASSIFICATION OF WORKERS AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS: WHAT POLICIES AND PRACTICES BEST PROTECT WORKERS? BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR AND PENSIONS, AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION HEARING HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 24, 2007.” (Serial No. 110–56, page 65).
Here, it appears that DHL is avoiding listing reportable crashes, as well as employment law compliance in one fell swoop. Moreover, this could be a reason they pulled out of U.S. domestic operations in 2008. Perhaps it was too hot for DHL at that time due to their taking on FedEx and UPS and gobbling up the competition.
As noted above, DHL like other freight carriers also benefits from the U.S. Safety Measurement System, or “SMS.” In a nutshell, the company can have accidents removed from their official record if the courier can prove the accident was not “preventable.” It that regard, companies will lobby to have this crash data deleted from their motor carrier’s records. (Learn More). As noted, DHL farms so much stuff out, you really don’t know how many deaths or injuries were incurred on their dime and time. So the next question is “can I sue DHL for farming out work to an idiot?”
Or can that injured DHL Express driver make a work comp claim against DHL when he or she is unemployed from a delivery crash? Accidents are often due to an error in judgment or failure to take precautionary measures than deliberate recklessness or malevolence. If DHL is vicariously liable for an accident, it remains responsible for providing whatever compensation is needed? Here, compensation includes what it takes to replace the victim’s damaged property and pay for medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, and wages lost due to the inability to work or provide for his or her family.
And this remains true regardless of whether or not the trademarked emblem of DHL is emblazoned on the delivery vehicle. But only an experienced DHL accident lawyer knows how to navigate the legal system depending on your status as a driver or plaintiff in a case against the courier service. Most delivery vehicle accidents have catastrophic results, including risks of CTE on the victims because of the weight and g-forces exerted on the brain and body at the speeds generated by hurling, heavy trains, planes, and tractor-trailers.
On appeal, the majority agreed with the plaintiffs that: “DHL exercised substantial control over MVP. Among other things, MVP’s fleet was used exclusively for DHL deliveries; DHL prescribed the make and model of the vehicles to be used by MVP, and MVP’s vehicles were garaged in DHL’s facility.”
So it appears the case was sent back to the lower court. We will keep you posted on how DHL’s insurers deal with this legal quagmire. So we are seeing a theme with the real number of DHL accidents as being much higher but cloaked by their agents. Only accidents involving fleet vehicles go into the official Reportable accidents section. (Go here to learn more about this case).
To recap, in many cases, like when a DHL van or even another unmarked vehicle hits you, you need a lawyer who understands insurance coverages and vicarious liability. But you also need a representative you get along with who explains the personal injury claims process succinctly. After all, DHL is notorious for saying the people they control to deliver packages, are really not employees. Sometimes courts fall for this argument, other times they do not.
What matters to you is that if you are rammed into while stopped at a light, and suffer a severe spine or brain injury is that there is enough money to get you back into shape afterward. Sometimes these larger delivery trucks, vans, and even airplanes can set off chain reactions when they lose control and crash. Most of them had to go to the Emergency Room for medical triage. The only way to know if DHL or some other stealth carrier is on the hook for the injuries is with great legal assistance.
As an injured plaintiff, you may have the right to payment against DHL for the pain, expenses, and costs of the collision. Even as an at-fault employee, significant labor law rights, including past overtime and damages for retaliation and constructive termination, may be had. The way to get this compensation is by the victim proving his or her burden that the defendant was negligent, which led to your injury. Moreover, this unreasonable breach of social norms had to lead to your tangible and intangible damages. And if so, you have to prove the value of your damages.
So it’s no walk in the park to win a case like this. Next, we are going to get into FedEx accidents and see some similarities and differences in their accident claims and compensation processes.
Accidents involving DHL/DHL Express delivery trucks can be deadly wrecks involving permanent handicap, or death. If a commercial driver, independent contractor, or another party was negligent, leaving you injured, it’s time to act by hiring professional legal counsel. Our dedicated California commercial truck accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to assist you in a court victory.
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