New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
Posted in: Truck Accidents
KNR Legal Blog
Approximately 500,000 truck accidents happen in the U.S. every year, and Ohio is no exception. You may wonder, with so many accidents on our roads and highways, certainly, the large trucking companies, who employ thousands of truck drivers, would be at the forefront of reducing these numbers. But in reality, many of the county’s leading trucking companies are among the worst offenders when it comes to truck accidents.
The reasons for this vary. But generally, many large trucking companies prefer to put profits above safety by ignoring regulations, pushing drivers too long, and fail to train their employees properly. Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured in a serious truck accident in Ohio, it’s essential to know what you’re dealing with, who you’re up against, and how a lawyer can help.
For a 100% free, no-obligation consultation with the truck accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, call 1-800-HURT-NOW now. We’ll review the accident, determine if you’re dealing with a known offender and help get the most out of your claim.
While the size of a company may indicate they’ll eventually be in more accidents simply based on the number of drivers working for them, some of the information collected could suggest a pattern of safety issues.
If you were injured in an Ohio truck accident that was not your fault with any of the following carriers or any company, it’s best to call a truck accident lawyer at KNR for help.
The following companies were involved in several commercial truck accidents:
Based in Nebraska, Werner Enterprises has almost 10,000 truck drivers operating their big rigs. They reported nearly 1,000 commercial trucking accidents in 2019. Werner had over 12,000 truck inspections and about 4,000 out-of-service violations. This means that the truck was out of service until the violation was fixed.
Swift Transportation is based in Arizona and employs more than 20,500 drivers. They reported nearly 1,300 accidents in 2019. There were over 21,000 inspections and more than 3,000 OSS violations. Swift Transportation had over 1,800 driver violations as well.
Based in Tennessee, Averitt Express employs more than 6,000 truck drivers. They operate across the U.S. They reported 405 crashes in 2019 and 959 OSS violations.
The United Parcel Service has its headquarters in Georgia. They have nearly 100,000 truck drivers on payroll. But they reported more than 2,200 truck accidents. They had over 100 driver violations and more than 600 OSS violations in 2019, too.
FedEx Freight has over 20,000 truck drivers working for them. They reported more than 800 trucking accidents last year. FedEx reported 40 driver violations but over 600 OSS violations.
The FMCSA reports that J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. has over 20,800 truck drivers on staff at their Arkansas-based company. There were over 1,500 truck accidents and more than 150 driver violations. They had over 1,700 OSS violations out of more than 11,000 inspections as well.
Based in Wisconsin, Schneider National Carriers, Inc. employs around 13,600 drivers. They have several other locations across the globe. This company reports nearly 1,000 truck accidents annually. Schneider had nearly 100 driver violations and over 1,000 OSS violations in 2019.
YRC Freight is a Kansas-based trucking company that boasts more than 9,000 truck drivers. They deliver small freight loads across the United States. The FMCSA reported that YRC Freight trucks were involved in over 500 truck accidents in 2019. They had over 100 driver violations and more than 800 OOS violations.
Trucking companies are often named in civil lawsuits. This is because they are responsible for their trucks and truckers. For example, let’s say a part was defective. You discover the faulty part caused the accident. The trucking company may be held accountable. If a trucker is drowsy or untrained, the truck company could be liable.
But truck companies aren’t the only ones who are liable. Truck or vehicle parts can also be defective. When this happens, the maker could be at fault. Or maybe the roads were dangerous. Then you might file a claim against the agency in charge of road safety.
There may be several parties who played a part in your accident. And each should pay for their negligence. Your lawyer will ensure that all at-fault parties are brought to justice for their wrongdoing.
People who have been injured in a severe truck accident have a long road to recovery. It can be expensive and incredibly stressful. That’s why you deserve to recover your financial losses and be compensated for harming your life.
You have the right to be made whole, and one option is to file a truck accident claim or lawsuit. Some potential damages you can recover include your:
Losses don’t always revolve around money. Your suffering is more than financial. You can recover compensation for non-economic damages too. These include:
When you’re dealing with a complicated truck accident, it helps to know the players involved. At KNR, we’ve been helping people in your situation hold negligent trucking companies accountable for years. With a history of results and a reputation for taking cases to court when it’s necessary, even the largest trucking companies know we mean business.