YRC Freight Truck Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by YRC Freight Trucking Attorneys
Based in Overland Park, Kansas, 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 nationwide, 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 a commercial vehicle 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.
It's the rest of us who lose. The only way to change anything is to shine a light on company practices and hold both drivers and carriers accountable.
Why Call a YRC Freight Truck Accident Lawyer?
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 between our clients and freight companies. 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.