FedEx Deliver Driver, Preventable Accident?

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Bill M.'s Comment
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Yesterday a FedEx local delivery driver intentionally drove into and got stuck, in the yard at my lake house. He told my neighbor he has backed into my yard many times and never got stuck. I always wondered where those tire marks were coming from.

I'm told it was a 20' box truck, he drove into my yard because he didn't want to make the 1/2 mile loop to exit our community properly. Not even the locals want to do that. lol. To give you an idea of how narrow our 3/4 mile circular road is; I can barely make a 'K' turn with my Subaru crosstrek without leaving the road surface.

The driver trespassed on another neighbor's property to steal wooden planks from their fence. He told another neighbor, who he asked for assistance, that he reported getting stuck in my yard to his supervisor. My neighbor called me to tell me what was going on. I was told, just that he was stuck. I asked what he reported to FedEx and was told they weren't sure. I asked if they gave him my telephone number and name. Nope. Yeah, I'm pretty sure he didn't report anything.

So, this driver intentionally left the roadway in a commercial vehicle. Got stuck in my yard. Then was able to drive out with the aid of wooden planks which he left in the muddy ruts in my yard.

Was this a preventable accident? Was this destruction of personal property? Did he flee the scene of an accident? I'm not positive. Today, I had to drive back up to the lake property and get the tracking number of the package from the neighbor in order to create a case with "risk management." I'm told they will be in touch with me tomorrow.

I don't know what will happen to him, but I know he was reported to his safety department today. And, I want my lawn repaired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Banks's Comment
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I'm assuming this is FedEx ground.

This will not be a preventable and nothing will happen to the driver from a FedEx standpoint.

If this was a ground driver, the contractor is responsible for the damages (I'm not sure if it's done through FedEx). I was in a similar situation. I was delivering furniture to a newly constructed house. I had no hand truck and it was a lot of heavy boxes. I backed into the driveway to get them off.

The driveway was pure gravel with no base underneath. I had to get towed out. I destroyed these people's driveway trying to get out. I called my contractor and he was not happy.

The tow truck pulled me out and refused to release the truck until he got a payment confirmation. I wasn't going to pay him and we were there for about another 45 minutes.

About a week later, the contractor told me he was going to deduct the cost of the tow truck and the driveway damage from check in weekly installments. I walked off the job and went to work for another contractor.

FedEx is not allowed to talk to ground contractor employees. They are not FedEx employees. If FedEx has an issue with a contractor's employee, they have to take it up with the contractor's business contact. FedEx cannot discipline the driver in any way.

PackRat's Comment
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There has been more than one running over your lawn prior to this?

Bill M.'s Comment
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Banks, you wax eloquent. Thanks for explaining how this might work. At least you backed into a driveway. This guy didn't even try to use my driveway. He backed into my yard a whole 55 yards from my driveway which is gravel and has an adequate base. Stupid is as stupid does.

We'll see what they have to say tomorrow if they call me. Whether it's the contractor or the driver, I'm confident amends will be made. I'm an understanding, patient, easy-to-get-along-with person. Well, at least after my 29 years of service to Uncle Sam. rofl-3.gif

I'm ordering landscape boulders, which I've been meaning to do for a couple of years, and I have an electronic gate being installed at the driveway anyway. When someone drives back our lane, they are off the beaten path. There is nothing and nobody except 12 homeowners, 1/2 of us part-time residents, on a one-mile circle with nothing but thousands of acres of wilderness behind us and a massive lake on the other side. You can hear the banjo playing as soon as you turn off the secondary road. rofl-1.gif

I'm assuming this is FedEx ground.

This will not be a preventable and nothing will happen to the driver from a FedEx standpoint.

If this was a ground driver, the contractor is responsible for the damages (I'm not sure if it's done through FedEx). I was in a similar situation. I was delivering furniture to a newly constructed house. I had no hand truck and it was a lot of heavy boxes. I backed into the driveway to get them off.

The driveway was pure gravel with no base underneath. I had to get towed out. I destroyed these people's driveway trying to get out. I called my contractor and he was not happy.

The tow truck pulled me out and refused to release the truck until he got a payment confirmation. I wasn't going to pay him and we were there for about another 45 minutes.

About a week later, the contractor told me he was going to deduct the cost of the tow truck and the driveway damage from check in weekly installments. I walked off the job and went to work for another contractor.

FedEx is not allowed to talk to ground contractor employees. They are not FedEx employees. If FedEx has an issue with a contractor's employee, they have to take it up with the contractor's business contact. FedEx cannot discipline the driver in any way.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yes. The driver told my neighbor he backs into my yard, not the driveway, to leave the community. Dumb. I'm fine with backing into my driveway, it's an easy out. But he has to back down the road for about 200 yards to get to it from the neighbor he delivered to yesterday. So, it sounds like he takes the easy way out. There is no way to enter the neighbors driveway because they park their car at then end of it.

There has been more than one running over your lawn prior to this?

PackRat's Comment
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Hopefully the landscape boulders will help. If not, a cheaper option is several 2 X 6s with 16 penny nails placed every four inches on both sides. Place these in the grass around the affected areas, and put up some "KEEP OFF THE GRASS" signs. You could also get a Game Camera to take still photos or videos of the offenders.

Bill M.'s Comment
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I think they will help. They are the size we routinely see in our customer's lots and truck stops. Although the board/nails option is tempting, I'll have to take a pass. Trail cams are a viable option.

Hopefully the landscape boulders will help. If not, a cheaper option is several 2 X 6s with 16 penny nails placed every four inches on both sides. Place these in the grass around the affected areas, and put up some "KEEP OFF THE GRASS" signs. You could also get a Game Camera to take still photos or videos of the offenders.

Banks's Comment
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There is nothing and nobody except 12 homeowners, 1/2 of us part-time residents, on a one-mile circle with nothing but thousands of acres of wilderness behind us and a massive lake on the other side. You can hear the banjo playing as soon as you turn off the secondary road.

I hated those houses rofl-3.gif

They take you out of your way and a single delivery can add an hour to your day and it sucked really bad because I was on salary.

FedEx will most likely take care of it.

Although the board/nails option is tempting, I'll have to take a pass. Trail cams are a viable option.

I thought about doing that when I had random people sitting in my driveway to wait for the school bus. My wife said it's a liability issue and they know where we live. Worse for you if you're never there.

I put a bunch of branches on the driveway end and it worked great until the end of spring and maintenance came through to pick up all of the lawn cleanup mess. They picked up my branches and left.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chris W.'s Comment
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Classic FedEx 😂😂😂😂 Ok ok I had. #UPS

Sounds preventable Definitely should get that lown fixed at no cost to you.

Update us when you find out more!

G-Town's Comment
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Have you thought of involving your hone owners insurance provider. Let them fight it.

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