We Hold Negligent Trucking Companies Accountable
Truck drivers work in one of the most dangerous professions in America.
In fact, a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that the trucking industry had 18 percent of the nation’s fatal work accidents in 2018. Since trucking is such a dangerous job, companies must ensure that they are protecting their drivers and others on the road at all costs.
Carriers are just as responsible for the safety of their fleet as the drivers who drive their vehicles. Safety must be part of a company’s cultural fabric and should start at the highest levels of an organization. When a truck company fails to protect others on the road, Arnold & Itkin will be there to fight for justice just as we always have. Our truck accident lawyers have recovered billions on behalf of clients, including those who’ve suffered because of the devastating consequences of a semi-truck accident.
Call us today at (888) 493-1629 for help after a truck accident. Our truck accident lawyers fight for the compensation of lost wages, medical bills, and more.
Trucking in the United States
America relies on trucks to transport an overwhelming amount of goods. Some reports have found that trucks transport 70 percent of all freight in the nation. Of the more than 2 million people employed in the truck transportation industry, 1.5 million of them drive for a company. With these facts in mind, it’s easy to conclude that truck carriers can significantly impact the safety of American roads.
The largest American truck companies include the following:
- AAA Cooper Transportation
- ABF Freight System Inc.
- Averitt Express
- Cardinal Logistics
- Celadon Group
- New England Motor Freight Inc.
- Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
- Con-Way Freight
- Covenant Transport
- C.R. England
- FedEx Corporation
- JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
- Prime, Inc.
- R+L Carriers
- Ryder Systems
- Schneider National
- Stevens Transport
- Swift Transportation
- US Xpress
- Werner Enterprises
- YRC Freight
How Do Truck Companies Affect Road Safety?
Truck companies oversee hiring responsible drivers and ensuring that their policies encourage them to drive safely. One controversial policy that many truck companies maintain is paying by the mile. Drivers who are paid by the mile might find themselves losing wages for each second wasted. If traffic causes a short trip to take hours, that’s money lost. If a truck needs maintenance, that’s money lost.
Essentially, companies that pay truckers by the mile are encouraging them to dash from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Paying by the mile places financial stress on drivers by the second, and it could encourage them to cut corners with safety. Many drivers find themselves skipping sleep so they can drive as many miles as possible in the shortest amount of time.
According to the Huffington Post, the truck industry has lobbied to fight:
- Regulations to screen drivers for sleep apnea
- Regulations that would require side guards on trucks to prevent underride accidents
- To prevent the FCMSA from making immediate safety changes
- Safety changes that would force companies to let truckers sleep at night
Fight Unsafe Trucking Company Practices. Call Today!
When a trucking company allows carelessness to infiltrate their operations, everyone on the road suffers. Truckers pay with their safety and finances while drivers around them pay through the catastrophic damage of a trucking accident. If you’ve suffered because of an unsafe truck company, Arnold & Itkin LLP is ready to fight for your recovery.
At Arnold & Itkin, we’re a team of truck accident lawyers who know what it takes to stand up against some of the largest truck companies in the nation. We’ve heard their excuses, and we refuse to let them use them to rob a client of the recovery that they deserve. Because of our dedication to results, we’ve recovered billions for clients. Our mission is to make roads safer and protect truckers and other motorists from paying the steepest prices for the profit of truck companies.
Call Arnold & Itkin right now for a consultation at (888) 493-1629. Discussing your options with our truck accident lawyers is completely free.