Lawsuits and Estes Express: Leveling the Playing Field
The most common mistake that people who are injured or lose a loved one in a trucking accident make is to assume that things work just like they do after a typical car crash. For various reasons, trucking companies have greater incentive to fight victims, and deny that they caused the crash, even when it's obvious that they did.
This means that collisions that involve commercial vehicles are among the most complex types of personal injury cases. A typical trucking company has more resources to throw at problems (and paying money to people that their drivers injured is something they view as a problem) than most other people involved in crashes on the road. This is particularly true when dealing with a multi-billion dollar industry behemoth, like Estes Express Lines.
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- What is Estes Express Lines truck?
- How can a company leverage its reputation for safety to limit how much they have to pay out?
- How can the right attorney help me fight back against Estes?
What Is Estes Express Lines?
Richmond-based Estes Express Lines is the 14th largest trucking company in the United States. It's reach actually extends beyond that, as Estes operates throughout Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. According to published reports, Estes owns almost 7,000 trucks and employs a nearly equal number of drivers. In the most recent year, those vehicles traversed close to 470 million miles. All of this generated roughly $2.74 billion in revenue.
Over the previous 2 years, Estes trucks were involved in 481 crashes, of which 143 resulted in at least one injury and another 12 cost someone their life. In fairness to Estes, these statistics, reported by the federal government, do not assign blame for the crashes. It would therefore be wrong to conclude that all of these incidents were the result of negligence on the part of Estes or its drivers. By the same token, it would be equally unlikely that none of the crashes were Estes fault.
The most these numbers can tell us with any certainty is that Estes is a very large trucking company that finds itself involved in its fair share of crashes. This experience is a huge advantage for Estes over those who suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a crash with Estes. It's very rare for any one person to be involved in more than one commercial vehicle crash in a lifetime, whereas Estes handles the legal consequences of hundreds of crashes every single year.
In the aftermath of a serious commercial truck wreck, all parties strive to reach the most favorable settlement possible, which means that the more experienced party, the one who understands how the law works, usually has a tremendous advantage. This is good news for Estes, but bad news for its victims.
Litigating Against a Company with an Established Driver Safety Program
Many of the accident victims who call Grossman Law Offices rightly feel that a trucking company's negligence caused their injuries or the death of a loved one and that it makes the trucking company the bad guy. In any case we take on, we certainly agree with this assessment. However, holding a trucking company accountable for the damage they caused isn't a matter of convincing an attorney that your cause is just, but getting a jury to see things your way.
One of the obstacles that few injured people consider when they take on a trucking company is just how valuable a trucking company's driver safety program is at making a trucking company seem sympathetic to jurors. Jurors are regular people and most of us want to punish bad guys and reward good guys. A documented commitment to reducing crashes blurs that distinction. After all, how bad can the trucking company be if they demonstrate a commitment to safety?
This particular challenge is even more daunting in regards to Estes, since the company has one of the oldest driver safety programs in the industry. When the victim has to prove that a company did something dangerous to cause their injuries, being able to explain to a jury that your company has an 8 decade old safety program can provide some cover for the actions of a bad day.
None of this should create the impression that it's impossible to beat a trucking company in court, just because they have a driver safety program. Experienced truck accident injury attorneys will not only mitigate any sympathy a jury might feel for the trucking company by focusing on the shortcomings of that particular incident, but often, they'll be able to point out issues with the safety program itself.
This may sound like a lot of inside baseball and lawyer-speak that isn't of much interest to the average person, but when you're trying to hold a multi-billion dollar company accountable for their mistakes, an attorney owes their client a duty not to overlook any issues that may arise, no matter how small.
At Grossman Law Offices, Our Passion Is Holding Trucking Companies Accountable
While trucking companies like Estes have a lot of advantages in any legal proceeding, they're not unbeatable. The greatest thing about our court system is that it truly is the great leveler in our society, where everyone gets a fair hearing. Of course, the key to successfully taking on a trucking giant is to have someone who knows how to make the law work for you.
Companies like Estes have the experience and access to legal know-how to make sure that their interests are well-represented. At Grossman Law Offices, our attorneys believe that injured don't deserve any less. That's why for nearly 30 decades, we've put our experience and knowledge of truck accident injury law to work for those who find themselves injured or who have lost a loved one due to trucking company negligence.
To find out how we can assist you, please call us at (855) 326-0000 (toll free). We're available to you 24/7.
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