Issues that Can Arise When You've Been Injured by an Arnold Transportation 18-Wheeler
While there is no such thing as an open and shut commercial truck accident injury or wrongful death case, each company presents unique challenges to holding them accountable. Arnold Transportation Services is no exception.
While most people may see the Arnold name on the side of the truck, the truth is that Arnold is co-owned and operated by Tenex Capital Management and U.S. Express Enterprises. This means that it isn't necessarily Arnold Transportation executives alone who determine legal strategy after serious crashes, but that the parent companies will also likely take an interest.
If that wasn't enough, part of Arnold's business strategy is to use late-model trucks and then upgrade them with the latest safety technology. This places a premium on vehicle maintenance, since Arnold Transportation trucks are older than the industry average. Although, when properly maintained, late-model trucks can be as safe and effective as newer vehicles for a fraction of the cost, if a maintenance issue on such a vehicle slips through the cracks, it can have dire consequences for other drivers on the roads.
In this article, award-winning Dallas truck accident attorney Michael Grossman lays out how to avoid the pitfalls of potential litigation with Arnold Transportation.
Questions answered on this page:
- What is Arnold Transportation Services?
- How many crashes have Arnold Transportation trucks been involved in over the last 2 years?
- How can being a subsidiary encourage Arnold Transportation Services' management to fight harder?
- What challenges and opportunities do companies that use late-model trucks present?
What Is Arnold Transportation Services?
After a series of acquisitions, mergers, and structural changes, Arnold Transportation Services' current form is based in Grand Prairie, Texas. As a privately-held subsidiary, reliable revenue figures for Arnold Transportation are difficult to come by, but most estimates peg their revenue in the low hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
Arnold Transportation Services operates a fleet of 533 trucks, driven by the same number of drivers. For 2016, this fleet moved goods a bit more than 71 million miles. Over the past 2 years, Arnold Transportation trucks have been involved in 54 crashes, of which 19 resulted in at least one injury and 1 in loss of life. This may not seem like a lot, but, given the size of the fleet and the distance traveled, it is more, relatively speaking, than most major trucking companies.
In order not to give the wrong impression, it's important to note that the crash statistics, which come from the federal government, do not differentiate between collisions caused by Arnold Transportation drivers and those where other vehicles were at fault. If an Arnold Transportation truck was involved, it's counted in the numbers.
Issues That Come Up When Suing Subsidiaries
Anytime a trucking company is involved in a serious wreck, they know it's possible that they will be on the receiving end of a damaging payout to the victims. Given how tight the margins are in the trucking industry, this can literally be the difference between a profitable year and a loss.
Most people might think that it's a stroke of luck if the company that injured them is part of a larger group. After all, even a multi-million dollar judgment will make less of a difference to a billion dollar company than it would to a smaller outfit.
Without delving too deeply into the weeds of corporate structure, subsidiaries like Arnold Transportation are expected to make money for their parent companies. They have management that answers to the bosses at the bigger company. This means that it is much easier to change out management at the subsidiary for not performing up to expectations than it would be to do so at an independent company.
So while revenue lost to paying crash victims may be a small part of the overall corporation's financial picture, it's certainly enough to cost management at the subsidiary their jobs. This provides a powerful incentive to fight claims and minimize payouts, which in turn makes the road to recovery more difficult for injury victims.
Older Trucks Are Simply Not as Safe as Newer Vehicles
At the risk of stating the obvious, older vehicles tend to have more issues that newer ones. This is just as true of commercial trucks as it is of passenger vehicles. This is important for those who are involved in collisions with Arnold Transportation trucks to know, because part of the company's strategy is to take older trucks and equip them with the latest safety technology. While this may get more use out of a perfectly fine vehicles, it doesn't counteract the underlying issues that can creep up as vehicles age.
This business model can be done in a safe manner, but it requires the company that chooses to rely on older vehicles to put more effort into maintenance that other companies. That's why many companies choose to skip this headache and keep trucks in their fleet for only a couple of years before replacing them.
It might also explain why Arnold Transportation's out-of-service rate, representing the number of vehicles in which safety violations are found during inspections, is much higher than comparably-sized trucking companies. While Arnold Transportation vehicles are a touch below the national average, large trucking companies typically beat that number by a significant margin, which means they're much safer than the typical smaller trucking company.
Is the company's out-of-service rate at all related to their heavy use of older vehicles? There's no way to know based upon the numbers alone, but since Arnold Transportation has both fewer driver violations and a higher out-of-service rate than the average company, it's one plausible explanation.
For the injured and those who've lost a loved one, maintenance records of the truck that hit them are an indispensable piece of evidence for holding the trucking company accountable. Victims can be certain that the trucking company isn't just going to hand over this potentially damaging information just because a victim requests it.
In most instances, the only way to compel a company to share something they would rather keep private is with subpoena power, which means using the authority of the courts to demand that someone do something that they would rather not. That's where truck accident injury attorneys, like those at Grossman Law Offices, can help.
How Grossman Law Offices Can Help Hold Arnold Transportation Services Accountable
For nearly 30 years, the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have held dozens of trucking companies accountable for causing hundreds of injuries and deaths. In that time, our attorneys have gained a wealth of insight into the trucking industry, truck crashes, and how to use the law to help the injured and those who have lost a loved one.
If you'd like to know more about how Grossman Law Offices can help you, call us today at (855) 326-0000. We're happy to answer any questions you may have, and we answer the phone 24/7.
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