Important Information for Victims About P & S Transportation
If you've been injured in a collision involving a tractor-trailer, you might think that obtaining fair compensation will be as simple as presenting the facts of the case to the company's insurance and collecting for the costs of your injuries. Unfortunately, the experience of hundreds who've been in your position shows that the situation is almost never that straightforward.
The only way to compel a trucking company like P & S Transportation to do the right thing for those harmed by their negligence is with strong evidence fashioned into a compelling narrative. And there's very little chance the company will hand that evidence over unless they're compelled to do so by proper legal process. Dallas truck accident attorney Michael Grossman explains how victims can protect their interests.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is P & S Transportation?
- How many accidents involving injury or death has the company been involved in?
- What does the company's lack of disclosure suggest about litigation against them?
What is P & S Transportation?
P & S Transportation is the primary operating subsidiary of its parent company, PS Logistics, which also owns eight other smaller trucking concerns and is the 55th largest trucking company in the U.S., and 4th in the Flatbed/Heavy Specialized category, with 2017 revenues of almost $600 million. Founded in 2004, it specializes in flatbed transportation for the building materials, oil/natural gas, and steel industries.
The company maintains a fleet of approximately 2,000 semi-trucks and drivers, which traveled a combined total of around 200 million miles in the most recent year on record. That's about the distance from the Earth to the Sun and back.
Over the last two years, federal government data indicates that the company's vehicles have been involved in 200 accidents, with 61 causing injuries and 6 leading to fatalities. While these numbers don't establish who was at fault for any of these collisions, it's likely that at least some of them can be attributed to the negligence of a P & S Transportation driver.
One issue unique to this particular company involves an annual survey of the leading 100 companies in the commercial trucking industry, which requests information on the safety features installed across their fleet, such as lane departure warning systems, driver video monitoring, and anti-collision systems. The entry for P & S Transportation doesn't list any features. While there are a couple of possible ways to interpret this, all of them should concern those attempting to hold the company accountable after a crash.
What Does P & S Transportation's Lack of Disclosure Mean for Your Case?
It's always a mistake to paint any industry with a broad brush. While commercial trucking is certainly more dangerous than, say, house painting, that isn't to say that all companies are equally dangerous. One of the things that can separate those that prioritize safety from those that don't is the decision to incorporate advanced safety technology into their fleet.
If your company is doing the responsible thing in this regard, you're probably going to do everything you can to let the world know about it. It's rare to visit a trucking company's website and not find a page outlining whatever they do to maintain safe practices, or even just to give the appearance of doing so.
Another opportunity for commercial transportation companies to publicize the technology they incorporate to prevent crashes comes when the top 100 players in the industry are surveyed regarding their use of safety devices. None of them are perfect, but most have at least half or more of the available safety technologies currently on the market.
When, as is the case for P & S Transportation, there's no information provided regarding these technologies, the most likely explanation isn't that the vehicles in their fleet don't have any of them installed, but that their senior management didn't want to take the time to return the survey. This may be a bad decision from a public relations perspective, but it also raises important questions for you as a victim of an accident involving the company.
In order to protect individuals and companies from having to pay unwarranted claims for damages they didn't cause, the law places the burden on victims of crashes to prove that whatever harms they suffered were actually caused by the trucking company. That requires evidence, and a company that won't even take the time to answer a survey from a friendly publication probably won't be very responsive to a request for potentially incriminating evidence from someone making a financial claim against them.
The only way to compel companies like P & S Transportation to give you the evidence needed to prove your case as the law requires is with a subpoena drafted by an attorney and signed by a judge. Without one, everything from the truck's electronic control module to the driver's medical records still belong to the trucking company, and as with any other property, nothing short of legal compulsion can force them to hand it over.
Grossman Law Offices Knows How to Hold P & S Transportation Accountable
If you've recently been involved in a commercial truck collision, you're most likely too preoccupied with recovering from your injuries, trying to keep the lights on, and other vexing problems, to consider the many arcane legal questions, like a trucking company's lack of disclosure, that can potentially stand between you and obtaining fair compensation for your losses.
As with any other situation where specialized knowledge is required, it's important to seek out qualified assistance if you want to achieve strong results. At Grossman Law Offices, our wealth of experience, derived from almost 30 years of successful semi-truck crash litigation, gives us an edge other firms just don't have. We're unafraid to take on any trucking company to help our clients.
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving a P & S Transportation vehicle, please call 855-326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help. We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you may have.
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