Schneider National Truck Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by Our Schneider National 18-Wheeler Attorneys
Based in Green Bay, WI, Schneider National is a carrier that operates 12,641 vehicles nationwide, according to their profile on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website. FMCSA data collected in August 2018 shows that the company has been cited for safety violations 7,694 times from 2016 to 2018. Some of these safety violations put other motorists' lives at serious risk.
Schneider National's recent violations included:
- Reckless driving
- Speeding 15+ mph over the limit
- Driving a CV while texting
- Requiring a driver to use a handheld while driving
- Operating a CMV while ill/fatigued
- Driving under the influence of narcotics
- Driving with unsafe tires
- Operating an out-of-service vehicle
In addition to those violations, Schneider National was involved in 1,025 crashes that caused 414 injuries and killed 47 people. Unfortunately, statistics like these aren't uncommon. Commercial trucks make up less than 5 percent of the vehicles on the road but are involved in 11 percent of highway fatalities. Our Schneider National truck accident lawyers want to shine a light on the carrier practices that make the roads less safe—and hold trucking companies accountable on behalf of the people they hurt.
Arnold & Itkin LLP has won billions for our clients by investigating and litigating accidents. If you were injured in a truck accident, call (888) 493-1629 to review your options for free.
Why Trucking Accidents Are Happening More Often
According to FMCSA data, at least 1 in 7 large truck crashes are directly caused by fatigue. However, experts believe the data is misleading—they think even more accidents are caused by fatigue, but truckers don't self-report how much sleep they've gotten during an accident investigation. Even more crashes (1 in 4) occur when a driver has been operating for 17 hours straight or longer—despite the fact that truckers are only allowed to work 14 hours a day maximum. Even then, drivers are only allowed to spend 11 hours of their workday driving.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Why are so many drivers exhausted? Why do so many drivers work longer than the law allows them to? Many drivers would say "because that's what it takes to pay the bills," and they're right. But the problem isn't the regulations—it's how the trucking companies operate. Truck companies figured out a way to get truck drivers to minimize sleep, eliminate breaks, and drive for as long and as fast as possible every day: pay them by the mile. Pay-by-mile arrangements are common for the thousands of new drivers that enter the industry every year because it promises them the chance to "make what they want." Instead, it leads to hours of service violations and dangerous practices.
Soon after getting their own rig, drivers learn that "pay-by-mile" is carrier-code for "no-pay-for-everything-else," which can mean that hours of a driver's day goes unpaid. It's not uncommon for drivers to work for 12 hours straight and realize that they lost money that day. Many of them vow to make up the miles the next day, but there's no guarantee that it'll be possible. So they turn to the techniques that their trucking instructors taught them to get around hours of service violations, like keeping two logbooks.
Vital non-driving trucking work includes:
- Driving to pick up new loads
- Planning routes
- Abiding by federally-mandated rest breaks
- Waiting for loading/unloading
- Submitting to rig inspections
Like we mentioned above, this allows thousands of exhausted drivers to get behind the wheels of their 80,000-pound rigs every morning. Keep in mind, sleep researchers believe that even moderate tiredness can impair our driving at the same level as having a drink. It also leads to thousands of trucking deaths every year. If we wouldn't let truck drivers drink behind the wheel, we can't allow them to get tired behind the wheel.
Schneider National Truck Accident FAQ
How are truck accident claims different than Other cases?
When a large truck is involved in a traffic accident, the resulting damage is often more severe. The catastrophic nature of truck accidents makes them particularly challenging—and important—for an attorney to handle. You need a legal team that understands what makes truck accident cases unique.
In dealing with a Schneider truck accident claim, this may include:
- Any applicable state and federal trucking regulations
- Common liability issues regarding truck operators and their employers
- Truck accident-specific causes and contributing factors
No two cases are the same. You need to be certain that your choice in counsel is well-versed in issues not only specific to truck accidents but to cases involving Schneider National. That’s the type of experience Arnold & Itkin brings.
How do I know if Schneider National is responsible for my accident?
Legal responsibility, or liability, is a key issue in a truck accident case. Was the accident the truck driver’s fault? Did another motorist cause the crash? Did Schneider push its drivers to work beyond hours-of-service regulations? Was the truck improperly loaded or negligently maintained? There are many different potential causes of truck accidents, and whether Schneider National or another company is to blame will only be determined by a thorough investigation into your unique collision. Our firm has the resources and personnel to conduct these complex investigations—and build compelling cases to prove liability inside and outside the courtroom.
I was hit by a Schneider National truck. When should I involve a lawyer?
If you were driving, biking, or walking, and you were hit by a truck operated by Schneider National, you should involve an attorney as soon as you can. You can bet that they are already investigating the incident and putting together strategies to limit their liability. Hiring your own attorney gives you an edge, someone who is on your side fighting for your interests. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer free initial consultations to talk about your needs. We also work on contingency, which means you pay no upfront costs and no legal fees at all unless we win your case. We’re truly here to help.
Call Schneider National Truck Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629
The trucking company who caused your accident is already mobilizing against your claim. Maybe all you want is enough money to cover your medical bills—to them, it won't matter. They'll deploy adjusters, lawyers, and investigators to weaken or squeeze your claim to protect themselves. You deserve the same resources they get—you deserve our Schneider National truck accident lawyers. When people are injured in truck accidents, they turn to Arnold & Itkin LLP. Why? Because we have helped our clients win billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements—enough money to pay for their medical care, replace their lost wages, and provide for their families. Our goal, first and foremost, is to help truck accident victims rebuild their lives from the ground up.
If you're looking for help holding a carrier accountable, call (888) 493-1629 or contact us with our short online form—our firm covers the cost of each case, and our clients pay nothing unless they win.