YRC Freight Truck Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by YRC Freight Trucking Attorneys
Based in Overland Park, KS, YRC Freight was founded in 1924 and calls itself the leader in retail freight delivery. Their fleet includes 7,422 vehicles delivering retail and industrial goods, according to their Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration profile. In 2015, their mission statement included a Safety First promise, with the tagline "We protect the drive home," but according to federal data, YRC Freight trucks were given 4,884 safety citations from 2016 to 2018. At least a few citations involved drivers who used drugs, commonly used to stay awake.
YRC Freight's recent safety violations included:
- Release of hazardous materials from package
- Driving on unsafe tires
- Driving while using or in possession of drugs
- Operating without a license
- Operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued
- Operating a commercial vehicle while texting
- Speeding 15+ mph over the limit
Additionally, YRC Freight trucks were involved in 599 crashes during the same period, causing 264 injuries and killing 20 people. Numbers like these are sad, but it's even sadder how common they are for numerous trucking companies across the industry. No matter the commitment to safety, truck companies need to be held accountable to the people they hurt. The YRC Freight truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP shine a light on company practices to help our clients claim medical costs, lost wages, and more.
Review your options with an attorney for free—call (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form to speak with us. We've won billions to help people in your position. Let's fight for your future.
Freight Delivery Companies Are Making the Roads Unsafe
Without changes to the law, there will likely be as many injuries and deaths in 2018 as there were in 2017. Tens of thousands of people will be harmed or killed in numerous truck accidents—many of which will be caused by lack of sleep. Even moderate tiredness can impair the ability to drive, according to sleep researchers. As many as 1 in 7 truck accidents are directly caused by fatigue, while 1 in 4 crashes occurred when a driver was hauling for 17 hours or longer.
Truck accidents caused by tired drivers include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
Why are there so many truckers getting behind the wheel of their rigs while exhausted? Trucking companies are responsible for two reasons: one, all trucking companies are ultimately responsible for their employees. If you were in an accident involving YRC Freight or any other company, they need to answer for their driver. Two, trucking companies are incentivizing drivers to minimize sleep and rest breaks through pay-by-mile agreements. By paying drivers 25 to 40 cents a mile, they reward drivers for driving for longer and longer hours. If this were a matter of bonuses or extra pay, maybe the drivers would be responsible—but most drivers can't make a living hauling freight at 25 cents a mile. Traffic, bad weather, or unexpected delays are part of life, but they can also completely derail a truck driver's ability to "make the miles" during a regular workday. Drivers can spend hours of their day doing work that benefits the company but is completely unpaid while under a pay-by-mile arrangement.
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
That's why so many drivers feel compelled to violate hours of service regulations. While companies don't officially condone violating regulations, industry culture treats hours of service as a game to beat—not a law to follow. Carrier-employed driving instructors or long-time employees will unofficially teach new drivers how to falsify or double-up on logbooks, fooling regulators while allowing drivers to haul for 18-20 hours in a stretch. While companies don't condone it, they certainly aren't trying to fix it either—why would they? Tired drivers means they get harder-working, more productive employees without having to pay much extra. The only way to change anything is to shine a light on company practices and hold both drivers and carriers accountable.
YRC Freight Truck Accident FAQ
Why do I need an attorney for my YRC Freight accident case?
If you were injured in a truck accident involving a YRC Freight vehicle, you need an attorney’s insight, guidance, and protection. Collisions with large trucks often cause significant property damage and life-changing injuries. The trucking company and their insurance provider are not going to willingly pay a large settlement to cover all of your losses. You’ll need someone in your corner who knows how to assert your rights and put the right amount of pressure on the at-fault party to secure a result that’s in your best interests. When no one else is looking out for you after a truck accident, you can turn to Arnold & Itkin for experienced, powerful counsel.
Can your firm help if I was driving for YRC Freight?
If you are a truck driver and you were injured in an accident while driving for YRC Freight or any company, our team can help you. We’ve successfully represented truckers in complex cases involving collisions and other on-the-job accidents that they had no part in causing, and yet they were left with catastrophic injuries. Our truck accident attorneys can get to the bottom of the incident to determine who is to blame and how to get you the medical treatment and financial support you need.
What are some typical causes of truck accidents?
YRC Freight accidents and all trucking collisions are often caused by some sort of negligence or misconduct on the part of a person or company. This may include a truck driver, a loading company, a supervisor, a mechanic, or YRC Freight itself.
Truck accidents may occur when:
- Trucking companies pressure drivers to work in violation of hours-of-service regulations.
- Truck drivers drive while fatigued.
- Truck drivers or other motorists drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Truckers or motorists violate traffic laws.
- Truckers or motorists drive while distracted, such as texting while driving.
- Trucks are loaded incorrectly, with imbalanced or improperly secured cargo.
- Trucks and their parts and systems are not properly maintained or inspected.
- Roads are hazardous, with large potholes or malfunctioning traffic signals.
- Trucking companies and drivers violate state or federal trucking regulations.
Regardless of what caused your accident, you should know that you have the right to recoup your losses. Our truck accident lawyers know how to deal with companies like YRC Freight. We have the resources and funding to investigate and build your case as strong as it can possibly be. And we never back down when we fight on behalf of the injured. We seek the best result in every case.
Call a YRC Freight Truck Accident Lawyer Today: (888) 493-1629
Large truck accidents are devastating. Victims of large truck accidents often simultaneously lose their livelihoods and incur tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars in medical costs. Truck accident survivors and their families live on shoestring budgets while the company or insurer drags their feet in settling the claim.
Why? Because companies can afford to delay claim, but victims can't.
Arnold & Itkin levels the playing field for our clients. We put experts and investigators to work on each claim, helping our clients claim every penny from their medical expenses, lost wages, and diminished earning ability. Our YRC Freight truck accident attorneys take on large companies while our clients get a chance to heal and rest. As a result, our clients have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements to rebuild their lives.
Our firm covers the cost of investigating and filing a claim, and our clients don't pay anything unless their case wins. Find out what your options are—speak with a lawyer today in a free consultation. Dial (888) 493-1629 or use our short online form.