Stevens Transport Truck Accident Attorneys
Securing the Future for Those Injured in Stevens Transport Truck Accidents
Stevens Transport is a mid-sized carrier based in Dallas, TX that operates 1,968 vehicles nationwide. According to data collected in August 2018 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Stevens Transport has been cited 1,383 times for safety violations from 2016 to 2018. The company has also been involved in 187 crashes during the same period, injuring 71 people and killing 7.
Stevens Transport's recent violations include:
- Traveling 15+ mph over the speed limit
- Operating a commercial vehicle while texting
- Reckless driving
- Operating while impaired by fatigue
- Operating a commercial vehicle without a license
- Driving while in possession of amphetamines
Unfortunately, violation and fatality rates like these aren't limited to Stevens Transport. Carriers all over the country violate federal and state safety laws, injure or kill motorists, and make our roads a more dangerous place to travel. Our Stevens Transport truck accident attorneys want to shine a spotlight on the trucking industry's practices. Arnold & Itkin LLP does that by holding carriers accountable under the law on behalf of the people they hurt. If you were injured in a truck crash involving Stevens Transport or any other carrier, speak with us today—we may be able to help you reclaim the costs of your medical care, lost wages, and more.
Call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to review your case for free with an attorney. We've won billions for our clients—contact us today.
The 'Problem' Trucking Companies Don't Want to Solve
This year, as many as 5,000 people will die in large truck accidents. According to the FMCSA, at least 1 in 7 of those crashes will be directly caused by fatigue. As many as 1 in 4 of those crashes will involve a trucker who was hauling for 17 hours or more that day. Experts believe that these numbers are too low—that exhausted truckers are a bigger problem than the data reveals because drivers often don't admit how tired they are.
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 drivers so exhausted? A big part of the problem is the way that trucking companies pay their drivers. Most new drivers are paid between 25 and 40 cents per mile they drive—and that's their entire income. Drivers are sold on it as an opportunity to make as much as they want, but the opportunity for "unlimited pay" is severely limited by factors like traffic, the weather, unexpected repairs, and more. All the while, companies get away with leaving drivers unpaid for all the vital non-driving work they do.
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
The duties listed above can eat up hours of a driver's week. It's not uncommon for a truck driver to work for 12 hours a day and see that they lost money on a day's work. To make ends meet, drivers do everything they can to increase their mile time: they eliminate breaks, they minimize sleep, or they eat prepackaged 'food' to avoid stopping for hot meals. Many of them turn to the methods they learned in trucking school to get around federal hours of service regulations, like keeping two logbooks to fool inspectors.
It creates a culture of "hard-driving," and even when it causes accidents or puts people's lives at risk, companies don't step in to fix it. Why? Because it saves them money. It increases their profits to have drivers pushing themselves further and further (at no real extra cost to their bottom line). Their policies created this mess, but they're in no hurry to 'fix' it—to them, it's not broken.
Stevens Transport Truck Accident FAQ
What are some examples of negligence that could lead to a Stevens Transport truck accident?
Negligence can be defined as a failure to act with proper care. When you’re talking about a carrier like Stevens Transport, that operates nearly 2,000 commercial vehicles, a single act of negligence can be catastrophic. Large trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds when fully loaded. If a truck operator is careless, a truck part is improperly maintained, or the company demands hours that leave drivers exhausted, this can lead to serious injuries or even death.
The following are acts of negligence that can contribute to truck accidents:
- Making an improper lane change
- Driving too fast for current road/weather conditions
- Failing to properly inspect or maintain a truck and its parts
- Overloading a truck
- Failing to secure a truck’s cargo
- Recklessly merging into traffic
- Texting or other mobile phone use
How is fault determined in a truck accident?
In an accident with a large truck, such as one operated by Stevens Transport, the determination of fault is an essential part of helping a victim (or victims) recover fair compensation. When we take on a case like this, we often work with investigators and accident reconstruction specialists to analyze the incident and determine any and all factors that contributed to the crash. Sometimes, fault does not lie with one of the drivers but with a hazardous condition on a road or a defective truck or auto part. By getting to the bottom of what caused the accident, we can assign fault and help our client recover money for medical bills, ongoing treatment, lost earnings, and often much more.
I was injured while driving for Stevens Transport. What can I do?
If you were driving for Stevens Transport and were seriously injured in an accident that was not of your causing, you should talk to an attorney. Depending on the case, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation or have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Some companies cut corners when it comes to maintenance, loading, or repairs. They put truck drivers at risk by demanding long hours that violate federal trucking regulations. When they put profits over safety, they should be held accountable—and that’s what we can help you with here at Arnold & Itkin.
Speak with Stevens Transport Truck Accident Lawyers: (888) 493-1629
When truck companies get into accidents, they immediately get to work to squeeze or deny any claim filed against their driver or their vehicle. They deploy investigators, adjusters, and lawyers to gather evidence against the victims of truck accidents—often while those victims are still recuperating in the hospital. Our Stevens Transport truck accident attorneys want to level the playing field.
Arnold & Itkin LLP does that by deploying the same resources on behalf of our clients—people who only want enough money to pay for their medical care and provide for themselves and their families. Our firm has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for accident victims, helping them rebuild their lives and stay financially stable while they recover. Our approach has changed thousands of lives because it works.
Our firm covers the cost of each case from beginning to end, and our clients only pay if they win. Speak with us today—call (888) 493-1629.