J.B. Hunt and Truck Accident Injury Litigation.
Headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas, J.B. Hunt is one of the first names that springs to mind when you think of the trucking industry. While J.B. Hunt does a rather remarkable job with its safety program compared to its competitors, the company is so large that even the most rigorous safety program can't prevent all crashes.
Unfortunately for those who have been injured or lost a loved in a collision with a J.B. Hunt truck, the company not only has the resources for a first-rate safety program, but also a war chest to defend itself in the aftermath of a crash.
After any commercial truck accident, victims face an uphill battle holding a trucking company accountable. When a company is as big as J.B. Hunt, it only magnifies those problems. The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices explain what you're up against if a J.B. Hunt truck driver carelessly injured you or a loved one.
Questions answered on this page:
- What is J.B. Hunt?
- How many accidents has J.B. Hunt been involved in over the past 2 years?
- If you have been injured, what are the difficulties involved in recovering damages from JB Hunt?
- How can a personal injury lawyer help make your claim successful?
About J.B. Hunt
J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, Inc. is the nation's 4th-largest trucking company, servicing the United States, Mexico, and Canada with a fleet (as of 2018) of 16,199 trucks, driven by 18,611 drivers. In 2017, J.B. Hunt drivers logged over 1.1 billion miles.
With this massive fleet, J.B. Hunt generated $6.55 billion dollars in revenue in 2017. To put that into perspective, if J.B. Hunt were its own country, it would rank as the 147th largest economy in the world. That's right, a full quarter of the planet's countries are not as big as J.B. Hunt.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in the past two years, JB Hunt drivers have been involved in 1,383 crashes. 450 of those collisions involved injuries, while another 35 led to fatalities. It's important to note the way the government produces these statistics: these numbers only consider whether a J.B. Hunt truck was involved, not whether they were at fault. It's therefore impossible to say definitively how many of these crashes were caused by J.B. Hunt drivers and how many were the fault of someone else.
Why Trucking Companies Usually Fight Claims
Many people wonder why trucking companies and their insurance companies rarely accept liability for a commercial truck crash. There are two very simple answers: financial incentives and the fact that the law doesn't force anyone to accept liability absent a jury verdict. Combining these two realities, it's easy to see why so many truck collisions end up in litigation.
First, if you're a trucking company and involved in over a thousand accidents annually, as most such entities are if they're of significant size, the costs of paying full compensation on all the claims filed against you could reach into the tens or hundreds of millions dollars. Making victims prove their injuries in court isn't about being careless, but a calculated business decision.
For the sake of discussion, let's assume that the average value of a commercial truck accident case is $1 million. Studies show that the truck driver causes anywhere from 33% to 40% of all accidents that involve a commercial vehicle, while drivers of passenger vehicles cause the rest. When you factor in the number of people who wrongly believe the truck is at fault, if a company had to accept liability just because an injured person felt the company was at fault, they would wind up paying compensation in at least half of their crashes. That's $500 million dollars by my back of the envelope math.
If we can agree that a trucking company has a right not to pay out when their driver isn't at fault (something pretty much everyone believes), that's still $333 million in expected payouts to injury victims and loved ones of the deceased. Not paying bad claims puts $166 million back in the trucking company's bottom line.
Let's further suppose that in a quarter of the remaining cases, it's a judgment call whether or not the truck driver caused the crash or the driver of the non-commercial vehicle. That potentially lops off another $80 million in payout if the trucking company refuses to accept blame for those.
Lastly, and perhaps most cynically, a large number of people won't seek out an attorney, and won't have the skill to take the trucking company to court without one. As a result, they'll likely get pennies on the dollar. That could potentially cut the trucking company's exposure in half. So what was once potentially $500 million in payouts to the injured and loved ones of the dead, ends up being closer to $120 million.
Is there any person or business alive who wouldn't try to save $380 million, if given the opportunity? Of course not.
The first step to holding a trucking company accountable for an accident is knowing what the situation is, including the many advantages a trucking company has. It's the victims who have to prove that the truck driver did something wrong. They also have to have the ability to prove this to a jury, in court. On top of that, large trucking companies have more experience handling these types of cases than any victim ever will. They know the law and they know how to make it work for them. Lastly, they have the resources to protect their rights in court.
Add it all up and you can see why the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices say that there is no such thing as an open-and-shut commercial truck accident case. While trucking companies have many advantages, they are not unbeatable. When you combine compelling evidence of wrong-doing with the ability to get the evidence into court and in front of a jury, the trucking company can still be forced to do the right thing, no matter how large they may be.
How Grossman Law Offices Can Make a Difference
Large trucking companies have the experience and resources to tell their side of the story, and for nearly 3 decades, Grossman Law Offices has given victims of commercial truck accidents what they need to make their voices heard. This means access to the best investigators, expert witnesses, and litigators with the skills and experience to prove that their version of events is the correct one.
If you're ready to get started with your case, or just have questions, feel free to call us at (855) 326-0000 (toll free). There is no cost for this consultation, which will give you the chance to get the answers to the many questions you have about your legal situation.
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