What you need to know if you have been injured by a Hub Group truck or container
While everyone recognizes a UPS or JB Hunt truck going down the highway, I would imagine that very few people have heard of, let alone would recognize a Hub Group's logo. However, with almost 3,000 vehicles opererating in its own name, as well as countless numbers of contractors hauling Hub Group containers along our highways, Hub Group is one of the nation's 10 largest trucking companies.
One of the biggest mistakes that the injured or those who lose loved ones to trucking company negligence make is to assume that the company will take care of them. It comes as a shock to most people when they discover that the very largest trucking companies are set up to account for lawsuits and legal troubles. It's built into their management structure. This means that there is a corporate Vice-President whose job is to ensure that the trucking company does as well as they can in any litigation. This includes personal injury litigation.
The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices know that very few of us have a Vice-President and General Counsel to look out for our interests. That's why for nearly 30 years, our attorneys have been there to serve the legal needs of the injured and family members of the deceased in commercial truck crash cases. Here's how we can help you.
Questions answered on this page:
- What is Hub Group?
- How many accidents has Hub Group been involved in over the past 2 years?
- How does the law and corporate structure disadvantage crash victims?
Who is Hub Group?
Hub Group is a multi-billion dollar freight company headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. The company has only been in business for 50 years and in that time has grown from a small, one-person operation to a company with $4 billion in revenue in 2017. Hub Group headquarters its trucking subsidiary in Memphis, Tennessee. For the year, Hub Group was the 8th largest trucking company in the United States.
Part of Hub Group's rapid ascent has to do with its position as a leader in intermodal transportation and drayage services. Intermodal transportation deals with the movement of cargo from different transportation hubs, such as ports, railroad yards, and distribution centers located throughout the country and around the world. Drayage refers to the movement of goods over short distances, usually involving trucks. Using standardized shipping containers, Hub Group's business is getting freight moved by various means throughout the country.[iparticle id="1"]
To achieve its goals, Hub Group maintains a fleet of 2,803 vehicles, which are driven by 2,770 drivers. In addition, the company also hires independent truckers to haul containers. In this way, Hub Group's business model is a hybrid of a traditional trucking company and a freight only company, which subcontracts deliveries, like Landstar. This business model means that it can be difficult for a private individual to track down whether or not Hub Group is involved in an accident. It can even present challenges for an inexperienced attorneys.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Hub group trucks were involved in 176 accidents over the past two years. Of those accidents, 72 resulted in injuries, while 5 accidents had at least one fatality. Of course, these statistics only include Hub Group's truck fleet, not the independent contractors hired to deliver Hub Group containers. The numbers also don't consider fault for a crash. Certainly, not all of the accidents involving Hub Group trucks were the fault of Hub Group's drivers. At the same time, it would strain credulity to believe that none were.
How Can Lawyers in the Corporate Structure Make A Truck Accident Victim's Case More Difficult?
I should be clear that almost every multi-billion dollar corporation has an attorney on its management team who handles legal issues that invariably arise in an operation of that size. This means it's not unusual that the General Counsel for Hub Group is an Executive Vice President. It would even be unfair to paint the picture that this position exists simply to minimize what the company has to pay when their drivers kill or injure someone.
Large companies have many and varied legal concerns that range from such fields as tax law, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and of course personal injury lawsuits. However, when a company is as large at Hub Group, it would be silly to assume that they don't have dedicated professionals focused on each of these areas, who report to the management team.
The point isn't to bore anyone with a discussion of corporate structure, but to illustrate how there are people whose jobs depend on representing the interests of the company. They have a vested interest in securing the best deal possible for the trucking company following a serious truck crash. It's not hard to imagine that the best deal for the trucking company isn't the same as the best outcome for an injured person or a family that has lost a loved one.[iparticle id="2"]
It's not just lawyers that are built into the company structure that prove an obstacle to victims getting everything they deserve, but the fact that the law places the burden on the injured or family of the deceased to prove that a trucking company caused their losses. It surprises many to learn that a trucking company isn't legally obligated to compensate them for the cost of their injuries of the death of a loved one absent a jury verdict.
Most people believe that hiring an attorney or preparing for a lawsuit is being litigious. They fail to realize that the trucking company already has attorneys looking out for their interests and the law is set up in such a way that it forces victims to choose between accepting whatever the trucking company deems fair or preparing to win in front of a jury. It's understandable why people feel this way, because most of generally believe that we can work together to resolve differences in a fair manner. Of course, that's not how the law works.
When people treat a trucking company like a neighbor, and try to work things out on their own, that's when they typically get in trouble. This trouble can vary from giving potentially damning statements that can later be used to undermine a valid claim, waiting in good faith for an offer that will never come, which allows evidence to deteriorate, or by becoming so frustrated that they drop the matter entirely.
Truck accident cases don't have to be this way. Companies like Hub Group have attorneys whose job it is to protect the company's interests, do the injured or the relatives of the deceased deserve any less?
Grossman Law Offices Fights For the Injured
Of course, none of these complexities faze the lawyers of Grossman Law Offices. Our award-winning team of lawyers helps the victims who have been harmed by companies, like Hub Group, help recover the money they need to put their lives back together after a devastating truck accident. From investigators to expert accident reconstructionists, the litigators at Grossman Law Offices have developed the contacts necessarily to properly investigate and litigate a serious truck accident.
For nearly 30 years, our attorneys have used experience and solid evidence to launch successful case after successful case against trucking companies, big and small, who have injured our clients. If you have been injured in a Hub Group truck accident, give us a call for a free consultation, at (855) 326-0000. We answer the phone 24/7.
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