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What Victims of Crashes Involving Martin Transportation Systems Vehicles Should Know

If you've been in a collision involving a commercial vehicle, you may consider it to be one of the more arduous experiences of your life. We'd like to say that obtaining fair compensation from the trucking company responsible was easier, but the fact is that you're in for a tough fight as you attempt to do so. Without the help of an attorney experienced in litigating semi-truck collisions, the legal resources arrayed against you may leave you having to settle for pennies on the dollar.

This isn't because trucking company executives are rubbing their hands together and scheming about how to cheat people they've harmed. It's simply economic reality that leads them to do what they feel they have to do to protect their business' interests. Acclaimed Dallas semi-truck accident attorney Michael Grossman explains.

Questions Answered on This Page:

  • What is Martin Transportation Systems?
  • How many crashes involving injury or death has the company been involved in?
  • What prevents companies like Martin from doing right by victims of crashes caused by their drivers?

Crash data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

What is Martin Transportation Systems?

Founded in 1978 near Flint, MI, Martin Transportation Systems, the 94th-largest trucking company in the U.S., specializes in delivery of auto parts for clients including Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Its roughly 1,200 semi-trucks and 1,400 drivers traveled approximately 150 million miles and generated revenues of around $250 million in 2018.

Over the last two years, federal government data shows the company's vehicles have been involved in 140 wrecks, of which 45 have resulted in injuries and 4 have led to fatalities. In the interest of fairness, these numbers don't tell us who is at fault for any given collision. However, it's likely that the carelessness of a Martin driver accounts for at least some portion of the total.

Martin Transportation Systems appears to be fairly successful, with revenues that have increased around 30% in the last 4 years. This might lead one to assume that they'll make reasonable attempts to compensate victims of collisions caused by their drivers, but in our long experience, we've found that trucking companies almost never do the right thing until they feel they have no other better option.

What Prevents Companies Like Martin From Doing The Right Thing?

When you have as much experience as our firm does litigating claims from semi-truck crashes, you learn first-hand just how devastating they can be for victims and their families. Because of the size of the vehicles involved, the injuries caused by these wrecks often have lifelong consequences, and fatal collisions leave surviving family members with a hole that can never be filled.

Our ultimate goal is always to obtain the best possible resolution for our clients. In addition to protecting their interests, that means doing what we can to understand where the other side is coming from. To be sure, this doesn't mean excusing the harms their negligence has caused, but it does mean seeing their point of view with enough clarity to know what we're up against.

While you may not have owned your own business, you likely understand how any investment of money and time in something comes with a corresponding investment of emotion as well. That applies to an even greater extent for the senior leadership of a trucking company, which may sometimes lead them to feel justified in aggressively defending their interests in claims for accidents caused by their drivers.

The sort of thinking that allows them to legitimize this behavior isn't unique to executives of trucking companies, or even corporate executives in general. Almost nobody wants to think of themselves as a bad person, which means that people who act in a morally questionable way usually find a way to rationalize those actions, so that they can continue to maintain a positive self-image.

As discouraging as all this may seem, it's worth emphasizing that these executives have rational reasons for their seemingly heartless behavior.

Imagine that you're someone who's spent years or decades trying to build your business in an incredibly competitive marketplace, while dealing with oft-changing regulations and a shortage of qualified workers, when one of your drivers makes a terrible mistake, and those who've suffered the consequences come after your company because of it.

When you have members of your board imploring you to keep your costs down, attorneys saying they can minimize what you'll have to pay, and a choice between letting employees go and doing right by strangers you didn't personally harm, it becomes easier to convince yourself that your actions are both fiscally responsible and ethically defensible.

Knowing that this is the opposition you face, you may better understand why so many claims involving commercial vehicles wind up in litigation, and why it's so important to have legal help that can effectively advocate for your interests, from the beginning of your case to its successful resolution.

Grossman Law Offices Makes Trucking Companies See the Light

The challenges that the mindset of a trucking company's management create for victims can manifest in a variety of ways over the course of a civil lawsuit, which makes it vital to have experienced legal help, prepared to deal with whatever complexities may arise.

At Grossman Law Offices, our nearly 30 years of successfully litigating commercial vehicle injury and wrongful death cases gives us a level of familiarity with the relevant areas of the law that few can match. When your case is in our hands, you can be sure that your interests will be protected and that we'll hold the company accountable for their actions.

If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving a Martin Transportation Systems tractor-trailer, please call 855-326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help you. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.

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