Averitt Express Truck Accident Attorneys
Fighting for Fair Recoveries After Averitt Express 18-Wheeler Accidents
Averitt Express is a trucking company based in Cookeville, TN with more than 4,500 different vehicles throughout the country. As reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in June 2018, the company has been cited with more than 1,300 violations over the last two years—including maintenance issues, unsecured cargo, and the release of hazardous materials from a package. In the same period, their trucks were involved in 420 crashes that yielded 144 injuries and 12 fatalities.
See for yourself how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Trucking Accidents Are a Public Safety Problem
In 2017, there were 150,000+ large truck collisions. On average, 1 in 2 caused an injury. Since trucks weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, it's easy to see why. Despite making up only 5% of the vehicles, commercial vehicles are responsible for 11% of the nation's traffic fatalities—4,579 people died in trucking accidents last year alone. These incidents happened in Texas more than any other state.
Truck accidents also caused catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
For decades, trucking companies have been working to maximize profits by cutting pay to truck drivers. One of the most effective ways they've cut pay to drivers is by introducing the "pay-by-mile" scheme. Pay-by-mile promises drivers that if they make themselves as efficient as possible, minimize sleep, and maximize time behind the wheel, they'll be able to make a good living.
The reality is that long-haul drivers have plenty of non-driving work too:
- Submitting to rig inspections
- Taking federally-mandated rest times
- Planning routes
All of this takes time or skill (or both). All of it is unavoidable. Trucking companies pay drivers nothing for it. To make up for all the unpaid work they need to do, drivers do everything they can to haul for as long and as hard as they can. Many companies encourage their new truckers to keep two logbooks to violate hours of service rules. Others encourage practices that violate safety regulations in the name of "making your miles." Despite all this, drivers still barely make a living. Every day, thousands of exhausted drivers get behind the wheel of their 80,000-pound machine. Their fatigue is a cost that all of us pay—at least 1 in 8 trucking crashes are directly caused by fatigue, and many more are contributed to by tired drivers. More than 1 in 4 big rig fatalities occur when the trucker was hauling for longer than 17 hours.
Truck accidents we've investigated include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
- Delivery truck accidents
The culture of hard-driving is killing motorists and commercial drivers alike. Statistically, more than 5,000 people will die this year in trucking accidents, and more than 700 of them will be truckers. Thousands more will be injured. Our Averitt Express truck accident lawyers want to change that.
How to Afford Recovery After an Averitt Express Accident
Arnold & Itkin LLP has secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the victims of negligence and carelessness. We've represented commuter motorists and commercial drivers alike, holding carriers responsible for the injuries and wrongful death caused by their practices.
Trucking companies deploy teams of attorneys and investigators after accidents. Why? To gather the evidence in their favor, protect themselves from liability, and force victims to pay for their own medical care and recovery. Our truck accident attorneys want to level the playing field. We utilize our own investigators and adjusters—giving our clients the same resources as large shipping companies.
Our results have ensured that clients have enough to:
- Pay for medical bills
- Put food on the table
- Pay the mortgage or rent
- Replace lost income and future earnings
Arnold & Itkin covers the cost of every case from start to finish—no client of ours has ever paid a cent out of pocket. We work to make sure every client focuses on healing and moving forward. Meanwhile, our team works to investigate your accident and build an airtight case against those responsible. Our clients only pay if they win. Otherwise, our firm pays for all the expenses of investigation and trial.
It begins with a free consultation. Review your options with an Averitt Express trucking accident lawyer—call (888) 493-1629!