Speak With Our Legal Team Today if You Have Been Injured in a Roadway Express 18-Wheeler Accident
There are many different commercial trucking companies that share our roadways. They employ thousands of drivers, and own thousands of tractor trailer trucks, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles. With so many of these vehicles and drivers on the road, there are bound to be injury accidents. How the accident is handled will vary depending on the commercial trucking company responsible for the accident. However, one thing that is pretty common is the lengths the commercial trucking companies will go through in order to fight accident claims against them. Understanding the history of some of these commercial trucking companies can be some indicator of the resources they have available to fight your claim after one of their negligent drivers has injured you in an accident.
Founded in Ohio in 1930, Roadway Express is one of the largest commercial trucking and freight companies in the United States. In 1997 Roadway Express acquired a Canadian commercial trucking company that provided freight service throughout Canada and Mexico, thus providing them with a strong foothold over the commercial trucking industry in North America. Roadway Express is a Fortune 500 company and is a service provider to the shipping, industrial, commercial and retail industry, earning billions a year. With over 16,000 vehicles on the road, inevitably accidents will occur. When an accident happens, Roadway Express has the resources available to aggressively fight your claim. This is why it is important that you not try dealing with them alone.
Roadway Express prides itself on safety and helping to save the environment by implementing certain policies. Many of these policies relate to driver conduct, highway safety, and mechanical concerns. When you have been in an accident with a commercial truck, reviewing the policies made available to the public can help your case in many ways. A skilled attorney can examine these policies, compare them with the federal regulations governing the same topic, and work to demonstrate how the violation of both federal law and internal policies may have led to your injuries.
For example, one policy that Roadway Express has, which ties into safety and protecting the environment, is their policy on limiting the speed limit of its trucks and having drivers get hotel rooms for overnight stays instead of allowing the truck to idle for hours at a time while the driver sleeps in the living space of the cab. This policy impacts safety because lower speeds can reduce accidents and requiring their truck drivers to get hotel rooms for overnight stays can help ensure the drivers get adequate rest. This policy could be important in your claim against Roadway Express and its negligent driver as well. Demonstrating the driver ignored company policy regarding speed limits as well as any statutory requirements by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can go a long way in demonstrating to a jury how and why the Roadway Express driver was negligent and caused the accident. Further, demonstrating Roadway Express's driver ignored company policy and the federal hours of service requirements that dictate the amount of rest a driver should have, is important as well. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of car vs truck accidents between commercial truck drivers and other motorists. Showing how Roadway Express's driver violated federal law as well as their own internal company policies can strengthen your claim in the eyes of a jury and make the jury doubt the sincerity of Roadway Express's safety commitment.
A Tough Fight Ahead
The large commercial trucking companies can be a tough opponent. Obviously the resources they have at their disposal to fight a claim is an issue in and of itself. Other challenges can include securing the necessary records related to their driver's pre-employment drug and medical screenings, fleet maintenance records, the driver's logs, and other internal documents. Further complicating matters is the fact that large commercial trucking companies like Roadway Express typically have internal lawyers, outside counsel and insurance companies all trying to deny liability for your injuries and force you to give up your pursuit of justice. With their reputation, profits, and safety record at stake, companies like Roadway Express will go to great lengths to stop your claim from moving forward.
Call 1-855-326-0000 to contact our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices. We know how to litigate these claims and how to look at the commercial trucking company, their internal policies, and the federal regulations in order to show to the jury how these standards were violated causing your injury.