How Can Victims Hold Salmon Companies Accountable for a Serious Injury or Wrongful Death?
After being involved in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, it's understandable that you might want to move on with your life as soon as possible, without going through the lengthy process of litigation. Unfortunately, it takes two to reach an agreement, and commercial truck companies are known to vigorously fight each and every claim against them.
While you might expect that the presence of in-cab video monitoring devices, like those in every Salmon Companies vehicle, would be a boon to your case, that isn't the entire story. These devices can be a double-edged sword, because a jury may be less inclined to view a company as responsible for a crash if they appear to make safety a high priority. Attorney Michael Grossman explains.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is Salmon Companies?
- How many crashes involving injury or death has the company been involved in?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks for victims of the company's use of in-cab recording devices?
What is Salmon Companies?
Founded in 1946 in Harrison, AR, the Salmon Companies, a contractor that transports mail for the U.S. Postal Service, is now the 84th-largest commercial transportation company in the U.S., with 2017 revenues of over $300 million. Its fleet of roughly 500 semi-trucks and 900 employee drivers traveled just under 60 million miles that year.
According to federal government data, vehicles owned by the company have been involved in 56 crashes over the last two years, of which 23 have led to injuries and 3 have resulted in fatalities. That's about a crash every million miles, which is a bit on the high side for a fleet of this size.
It's important to note that this data does not indicate who was at fault in any specific crash. However, given the numbers involved, it's highly likely that a Salmon driver's negligence was the cause of at least some percentage of these wrecks.
How Does Salmon Companies' Use of In-cab Recorders Affect Your Case?
While there will likely always be some degree of danger in commercial transportation from careless truckers and management, some companies are still doing what they can to reduce their rate of crashes using advanced safety technology. In-cab video recorders, which the Salmon Companies have installed in all of the vehicles in their fleet, are one way of trying to accomplish this goal.
For both privacy and data storage reasons, these cameras don't record all the time, but they do capture whatever happens up to the time of a collision, and also turn on whenever a semi-truck brakes or accelerates suddenly or takes a corner, scenarios that commonly precede them. Because of this, footage from any such camera can obviously be incredibly useful in holding the trucking company accountable after a collision.
However, one of the downsides for victims is that a company's decision to install this sort of equipment may suggest to a jury that they're less likely to be at fault for a crash, by allowing them to project an image of general safety, marred by this rare exception. Particularly given that the defense attorneys for trucking companies are adept at finding ways to muddy the waters in their favor, anything that could make it easier for them to do so has to be taken into account.
You may think that the truck driver's carelessness in your case was so obvious and inarguable that there's no defense able to succeed, but we're here to tell you that that "indefensible crash" simply doesn't exist. Whatever negligent behavior a trucker can engage in, lawyers who do nothing else can come up with a plausible theory to excuse.
The good news is that there's only so much a company's seeming commitment to safety can excuse in the face of proof that their driver screwed up. Provided you're able to obtain compelling evidence of that careless behavior and have an attorney able to present it effectively in court, you can more than make up for the effect of safety technology being installed in the first place.
However, because the bulk of the evidence needed to prove your case belongs to the trucking company, which has nothing to gain and a lot to lose by turning it over, you won't be able to get it from them on your own. That's one of the many reasons to seek out the assistance of an experienced semi-truck accident attorney, who can issue a subpoena for any evidence in the trucking company's possession that might be needed to prove your case.
How Grossman Law Offices Cuts Through the Complexity of Commercial Vehicle Crash Litigation
The benefits and detriments of in-cab recording devices in establishing a company's negligence are just a few of the issues that could affect the success or failure of your commercial vehicle injury or wrongful death claim.
To ensure that your case has a strong chance of success despite these challenges, it's important to get help from a firm that knows what it takes to hold trucking companies accountable for their negligence, from initial investigation to litigation and trial. At Grossman Law Offices, we have almost thirty years of experience taking on companies of all sizes to make our clients whole, and we're ready to do the same for you.
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in a collision involving a Salmon Companies tractor-trailer, please call 855-326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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