What Victims and Their Families Need to Know About Litigation Against Quikrete
If you've been injured in a semi-truck collision, you may not be sure about your next move. Is legal action the only way for you to achieve a fair resolution, or can you reach a fair settlement with the company responsible on your own? Unfortunately, our long experience holding trucking companies accountable allows us to say with some certainty that trying to combat their massive legal resources by yourself is usually a prelude to disaster.
In the case of Quikrete, this is especially true, because the company's prior behavior in a recent case suggests they're unlikely to simply acknowledge their wrongdoing and offer fair compensation to those they've harmed. While effective representation was ultimately able to resolve this claim successfully, the outcome might have been very different without it. Dallas 18-wheeler accident attorney Michael Grossman explains.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is Quikrete?
- How many crashes involving injury or death has the company been involved in?
- What does the company's approach in the Troupe case suggest for victims?
What is Quikrete?
Founded in Columbus, OH in 1940, Quikrete is known for its packaged cement and concrete products. To transport them, it relies on the 23rd largest private trucking fleet in the U.S., with roughly 800 commercial vehicles and drivers. It generated $1.3 billion in revenue in 2017.
Over the last two years, federal government data indicates the company's vehicles have been involved in 72 crashes, of which 22 have led to injuries and 2 have resulted in fatalities. Of course, it's important to note that these numbers don't allow us to determine who was at fault for any of these collisions, only that a Quikrete truck was involved.
While the details of most of these crashes are somewhat opaque, there's at least one in the public record that raises serious concerns about the company's practices. After hearing this story, you may better understand why it's so important to obtain experienced legal representation to protect your interests.
What Lessons Should Victims Learn from the Troupe Case
Trucking companies are happy to make money off of their drivers, but as soon as they screw up and someone is injured or killed as a result, they want to pretend that the trucker responsible simply went rogue, and there's no reason why their employer should be held responsible. Fortunately, our civil justice system doesn't allow them to get away with this, as taking on liability for the bad acts of their employees is part of their obligation as a business owner.
We can see part of the reason why by examining the case of Paul Troupe, who died in a 2014 crash after Brian Knoll's flatbed truck, owned by Quikrete's Pavestone subsidiary, struck his car from behind. (Note that our firm was not involved in any aspect of this case.) Mr. Knoll claimed he had no memory of the collision, but believed he had failed to brake due to falling asleep. While a toxicology report returned results below the legal threshold for intoxication, he admitted to having taken muscle relaxants the night before the wreck and displayed signs of being under the influence during a field sobriety test.
Mr. Knoll later admitted that, despite feeling groggy and sleepy, he continued to drive in order to make more money due to greed. This may seem like an indictment of the driver, and indeed it is. But his employer also bears some of the blame for allowing him to drive long enough to become so exhausted, he could crash into another vehicle without even remembering it.
While we know that Mr. Knoll continued driving out of his own avarice, Pavestone's also likely played a role. The more miles any driver travels without resting, the more deliveries he can make in the same amount of time, generating more revenue for his employer.
To counter this incentive for trucking companies to take irresponsible risks, the government regulates how long commercial drivers are allowed to work without a break through what are known as hours-of-service rules. These regulations don't just leave it up to the individual driver to do the responsible thing: they require his company to electronically track his working hours and take disciplinary action against employees who exceed legal limits.
While this case was ultimately resolved successfully, with Mr. Troupe's family receiving a substantial jury award, that might never have happened without the involvement of an attorney. Among other things, he could perform the required legal maneuvers to obtain the evidence needed to prove the case. Because this evidence is the property of the trucking company and they know it could cost them a lot of money if used against them, they won't hand it over to a plaintiff unless a subpoena compels them to.
In fairness, we should emphasize that this collision took place five years ago, and it's possible that Quikrete and its subsidiaries have made substantial policy changes since that time to prevent wrecks caused by exhausted drivers. But without knowing one way or the other, it's a risky bet to assume that a company displaying this level of negligence in the past won't continue to do so in the future.
Grossman Law Offices Has The Experience to Litigate Your Claim Against Quikrete
When you're already contending with the many physical and emotional challenges a tractor-trailer collision forces upon you, you shouldn't also have to take on the many complex issues likely to arise while litigating a commercial vehicle accident claim. In addition, there are many tasks the average person simply doesn't have the background or expertise to perform that are vital to successfully resolving your case.
At Grossman Law Offices, we know exactly how much work claims involving 18-wheelers can be, because we've been successfully litigating them for almost thirty years. That means we've seen and overcome just about every strategy a trucking company's legal team can throw at us, winning repeated six-figure judgments for our clients.
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a crash involving a Quikrete vehicle, please call (855) 326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help you. We're available anytime, day or night.
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