If a trucking company has injured you, it doesn’t matter the size, the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices will take on all comers to help you get justice.
Trucking companies come in all shapes and sizes, from single owner-operators, to parcel movers like UPS and Fed Ex, or even giant corporate trucking companies like JB Hunt. While some have reputations that are better than others, one thing they have in common is that when their driver injures you, they are not going to step up to the plate and do what’s right to make you whole. That’s why you need an experienced truck accident attorney, a firm that operates not just in Texas, but throughout the country, like Grossman Law Offices.
When you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important that you don’t try to go it alone. The trucking industry is complex, as is the process of making a trucking company pay for your injuries. You need someone on your side who not only understands these complexities and can tell you what you need to know in plain English, but also someone who has almost 30 years of experience holding trucking companies, large and small, accountable when they hurt someone in our community.
Questions answered on this page:
- What are some common types of trucking companies?
- How does the size of the trucking company affect my claim?
- Why does experience dealing with a particular company matter?
Different Types of Trucking Companies
You only have to drive down a highway for a couple of miles to see that there are a lot of different types of trucks on the road, from Fed Ex trucks hauling packages, to Sysco transporting food and other restaurant supplies across the country, and even moving trucks. Common types of trucking companies include:
- The Big Boys – These are among the largest trucking companies on the planet and include companies such as YRC Freight, JB Hunt, and Schneider. While on the whole these companies have generally good safety records, their sheer size (they’re multi-billion dollar companies) means that even if their hiring processes and maintenance procedures work 99% of the time, that 1% can have deadly consequences for unsuspecting motorists. While some folks may be intimidated by going toe to toe with a multi-billion dollar giant, our civil justice system, and our experienced truck accident attorneys are the great equalizer. When it comes to truck accident cases, we believe the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
- Parcel Companies – This group would include United Parcel Service (UPS) and Fed Ex. Both of these companies are every bit as big as “the big boys,” but unlike the other companies specialize in mainly in delivering smaller (relatively speaking) packages door to door.
- Truck Rental Companies – U-Haul, Penske, Ryder, and Budget all come to mind when you think of this type of trucking company. These companies, to a varying degree, specializing in renting moving trucks to do-it-yourself movers. One of the issues that crop up with rental companies is confusion over whether the renter’s insurance covers the truck. Whenever there is doubt about whether a policy covers a rental truck, the agents of these companies will usually force the renter to buy the required insurance. However, in the real world, just like anywhere else there are some bad actors who skip this part, which allow improperly insured drivers on the road with a rather large truck. This leaves the renting company and their insurance on the hook for their injuries, but only if a lawyer presses the issue. Even though they messed up, in our experience they will still try to blame the person who rented the truck for their mistake and leave you out in the cold. An experienced attorney will see right through this dirty trick.
- In-House Truckers – Some giant companies like Sysco do their own distribution, without contracting actual trucking companies. They do not accept shipping from the general public, but maintain a fleet to move their own products, just like any other large trucking company.
- Independents/Owner Operators – The mom-and-pops of the trucking world. This group can include anyone from the small, independent owner-operator, folks who own a single truck, which they use to haul whatever cargo they can line up, as well as smaller firms consisting of just a few trucks. This class of trucking companies can be just as tricky to take on as the big boys. In Texas, it is legal for companies to self-insure $250,000 towards their $1 million dollar requirement. This means if your damages are below $250,000, instead of an insurance company you may be dealing with Betty in the trucking company’s human resources department. You can be certain that a company who is self-insured wants to pay as little as possible out of their own pocket and without a skilled lawyer, they may drag their feet in an attempt to run out the clock on your claim.
What do all of these trucks have in common? Well, if they’re driving in Texas they are required to have $1,000,000 in insurance liability coverage. As you might imagine, in the event one of their drivers injures someone in an accident, when $1 million is the minimum amount of coverage they’re required to carry, trucking companies and their lawyers have a large incentive to kick like mules against paying for your injuries.
Regardless of the size of the trucking company, an experienced attorney matters
You may have gathered, the trucking industry is a cornucopia of differing sizes and business models. Each of these can present their own challenge when you are trying to recover the money you need after a truck accident. Whether a company is a multi-billion dollar multi-national, or an owner operator, if they’ve hurt you, their size doesn’t matter to us. In our 25 years of pursuing and winning truck accident cases against all comers, we’ve held big guys and little guys accountable for hurting our clients. If you need a fearless Texas truck accident attorney on your side, call us at (855) 326-0000. We answer the phone 24/7.
For more detailed information about companies that have been sued, you may be interested in the following:
- AAA Cooper Transportation
- ABF Truck Accidents
- Acme Truck Line
- Allied Van Lines
- Arnold Transportation
- Atlas Van Lines
- Central Freight Lines
- Covenant Transport
- CR England
- Crete Carrier
- FFE Transportation
- Heartland Express
- JB Hunt
- Mayflower Transit
- Midwest Coast Transport
- National Freight International
- North American Van Lines
- Old Dominion Freight Line
- Prime, Inc.
- R & L Carriers
- Roadrunner Freight Carriers
- Saia LTL
- Schneider National
- Stevens Transport
- Swift Transportation
- Sygma Newtork
- Transport America
- United Parcel Service
- United Van Lines
- US Xpress
- Watkins Motor Lines
- Werner Enterprises
- XPO Logistics
- YRC Freight