What You Need to Know About Crashes Involving Allied Van Lines Trucks
If you're reading this, it's likely that you, or someone you know, has recently been involved in a collision with an Allied Van Lines truck, and you probably want to know what to expect. While the particular tactics that a trucking company employs can vary based upon the adjuster that an insurance company assigns to handle any claims, they all have one thing in common: they're designed to keep the trucking company from having to pay out the full value of any damages that resulted from the crash.
This usually means trying to deflect fault for the crash from the truck driver to the victims. This isn't to single out Allied Van Lines or its parent company Sirva Inc., because this behavior is standard practice in the trucking industry.
In order to receive compensation for their losses, anyone who is injured or loses a loved one because of a commercial truck collision has to prove that the trucking company caused their injuries. In discussing that process, it's helpful to begin by outlining what usually leads to 18-wheeler crashes in the first place.
Questions answered on this page:
- What is Allied Van Lines?
- How many crashes have Allied Van Lines trucks been involved in?
- How can deadlines lead to pressures on drivers that cause 18-wheeler crashes?
What is Allied Van Lines?
Allied Van Lines is a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based trucking company specializing in residential and commercial moves. In short, a customer calls up Allied and lets them know when they're moving, the goods to be moved, and where they want them picked up and delivered to. Allied then gives them a quote, and both parties agree on dates for the move. When combined with its sister company North American Van Lines, the revenue collected from this activity all adds up to an estimated $1.5 billion annually.
To accomplish this, Allied Van Lines operates a fleet of 1,353 trucks and employs 2,187 drivers. Those trucks traverse a bit more than 50 million miles in a given year.
Unsurprisingly, given the number of trucks and distance covered, crashes occur. Between 2016 and 2018, Allied Van Lines commercial trucks were involved in 39 crashes. 3 of those collisions resulted in at least 1 fatality, while another 14 left someone injured. That may not sound like a lot, but for all passenger traffic, there's an average of 1 fatality for every 100 million miles. Based upon the distance that Allied Van Lines 18-wheelers cover, we would expect less than one fatality to have resulted.
This doesn't necessarily mean that Allied Van Lines is doing anything wrong. Anytime an 18-wheeler is involved in a crash, it's more likely for someone to be killed or injured, simply because fully-loaded commercial trucks are around 20 times the size of the average passenger vehicle. This means there is more force involved when these trucks collide with other vehicles.
Another issue is that the previously mentioned crash statistics, which come from the federal government, don't assign fault for the collision, but merely records the details. Because of this, it would be wrong to jump to the conclusion that all of these crashes are the fault of Allied Van Lines drivers. At the same time, anywhere from 33%-40% of all crashes that involve an 18-wheeler are ultimately determined to be the commercial driver's fault. Given the number of reported crashes, it's probably safe to infer that at least some portion of them were caused by Allied Van Lines drivers.
How Do Truck Accident Attorneys Know What to Investigate after a Crash?
Many attorneys speak about the need to investigate a truck crash thoroughly, in order to gather evidence, but most don't get into specifics about what guides that investigation. There's a common misconception that a commercial accident investigation is just about looking at wreckage, the scene, and taking witness statements, but that's only part of the picture.
In order for the evidence to really make sense and paint a picture of what occurred, one has to understand the context of what occurred. For instance, many crashes can seem like a driver simply crashed into slowed traffic, but further digging might reveal that the driver was on a tight deadline, which might suggest the possibility that they were speeding or perhaps tired at the time of the wreck.
Especially in contract trucking, where the contents of a house or business have to arrive at a specific time in order to ensure a seamless move, there are tremendous pressures for drivers to arrive when they say they will. This pressure can lead to all kinds of bad decisions, like not pulling over when fatigued, speeding, or in rare instances, drug use.
Of course, trucking companies don't just allow victims to poke around in company records. Even attorneys can't get courts to compel companies to hand over irrelevant documents. This means that in order to get a court to sign off on a request for documents, that request has to be narrowly tailored to apply only to documents relevant to a specific crash.
Just as important as knowing what to look for is knowing what to ask for. This is where an attorney's experience and understanding of the trucking industry comes in. To be perfectly blunt, the trucking industry is far too complex for any person to fully understand within the short period of time available just after signing a case and before going to trial or making a settlement.
Grossman Law Office's Experience Can Make a Difference
Since understanding commercial truck accidents requires, not only an understanding of the law, but of the trucking industry as well, it's usually too much to ask the average personal injury attorney to learn everything they need to in such a short period of time. This is especially true when you realize that the average attorney will only handle one or two of these kinds of cases in a career.
For nearly 3 decades, the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have handled hundreds of truck accident injury and wrongful death cases. The lessons our attorneys have learned over the years mean that many times, they're able to see things that other attorneys might miss. Victims can be certain that commercial trucking companies aren't hiring just any attorney to look out for their interests, so why shouldn't victims seek out the most knowledgeable, experienced attorneys that they can find?
If you've been injured in an 18-wheeler accident with an Allied Van Lines, call us now for a free consultation at (855) 326-0000 (toll free) to learn more about how Grossman Law Offices can help you. We answer the phone anytime, day or night.
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