What Victims of Crashes Involving TransX Vehicles Should Know
After an experience as harrowing as a commercial vehicle collision, it's understandable that you might want to believe the trucking company's promises to "take care of everything." But in the vast majority of cases, this is little more than a stalling tactic, designed to keep you from pursuing further legal action for as long as possible, hoping that time will run out before you figure out what's really going on.
When the trucking company involved is owned by a much larger subsidiary, like the TransX group, it can make your situation even more complicated, because the executives of the parent company may also be involved in the subsequent litigation, putting pressure on the trucking company's management to resolve the case as cheaply as possible. Dallas 18-wheeler accident attorney Michael Grossman explains.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is TransX?
- How many crashes involving injuries has the company been involved in over the last two years?
- How could the company's recent acquisition by Canadian Rail affect litigation against them?
What is TransX?
Founded in Manitoba, Canada in 1963, the TransX Group of Companies is now the 73rd-largest trucking company operating in the U.S., with 2017 revenues of over $400 million. Its 2,100 semi trucks and 3,000 drivers traveled over 100 million miles in the most recent year recorded.
Over the last two years, federal government data indicates that the company's vehicles have been involved in 22 crashes in the U.S. over the last two years, with 6 of those involving injuries. Fortunately, none of these collisions resulted in fatalities.
It's important to note that this data doesn't tell us who was at fault for any of these crashes. If a TransX vehicle was involved in the wreck, it's included in the numbers. Of course, it's also pretty likely that at least some number of these wrecks involved negligence on the part of the company's drivers.
It's worth noting that major railway company Canadian Rail (CN) recently acquired the entire Trans X Group of Companies. Given that its new parent company posted revenues of more than $10 billion in 2017, you might expect that it wouldn't have any issue compensating victims of crashes caused by a subsidiary. Unfortunately, this isn't necessarily the case.
How TransX's Corporate Ownership Could Affect Your Case
Given the many structural challenges the trucking industry as a whole faces, it's not too surprising that corporate mergers and acquisitions, along with bankruptcies, are a regular occurrence among transportation companies. While these generally don't mean much for drivers or customers, they can be pretty important to the senior management of a recently acquired company, which now has a whole new set of people to answer to.
The main concern of any company's corporate parent is maximizing the profits of their subsidiaries, and among other things, that often means pressuring it to reduce costs wherever it can. If anything seems to be interfering with that objective, like substantial payments for civil suits related to crashes, the management of the subsidiary knows they're likely to hear about it. They're also well aware that if they aren't able to control costs well enough, the parent company's board is likely to replace them.
Many of the costs involved in running a trucking company are fairly difficult to control. Things like fuel prices, insurance premiums, and tolls are largely determined by forces beyond the control of management. That means that reducing the amounts paid to victims of crashes caused by their drivers can seem like one of the few cost-cutting avenues available.
You might think it doesn't matter how badly a trucking company wants to avoid paying for your losses if their driver was clearly at fault. But in litigating commercial vehicle crashes, the important thing isn't what happened; it's what you can prove. And unless you're able to present enough evidence to contradict it, even the most ridiculous narrative from a defense team can potentially help shield the company from liability.
When you've litigated as many commercial vehicle injury and wrongful death claims as our firm has, you become pretty familiar with the vast array of tactics that trucking companies can use to shape that narrative in their favor. When victims have no one in their corner to push back against these efforts, those strategies are successful more often than you might expect.
These efforts can start at the scene, with agents of the company locating witnesses and convincing them they didn't see what they might think they did, or influencing the police to alter the findings of their official report. Those employees will most likely remove the tractor-trailer from the scene as quickly as possible, so that any mechanical defects that might have contributed to the crash can be repaired before your attorney is able to use them as evidence.
As outrageous as this behavior may seem, it's just the beginning. Once you've actually filed suit, the trucking company has a whole new set of strategies at their disposal to weaken your case and take the focus off of what actually happened. That includes trying to suggest that you contributed to the collision by driving too fast to stop in time, hiring private investigators to dig up information on you that will make you seem less sympathetic to a jury, and retaining their own medical experts to testify that your injuries were largely caused by a preexisting condition.
The only way to effectively combat these tactics is to obtain the help of an experienced semi-truck accident attorney, who can perform the legal work required to obtain the evidence you'll need to prove your case. They can then incorporate it into a compelling argument that will either bring the trucking company's defense team to the table, or hold them accountable at trial.
Make Sure Your Interests Are Protected With Help from Grossman Law Offices
The pressure that a parent company exerts on its subsidiaries to cut costs is just one of the many factors that have to be taken into account when litigating commercial vehicle accident claims. Given what's at stake for the management of these companies, you can expect them to fight their responsibility for what happened every step of the way.
If you've read this far, hopefully you're convinced of the importance of having legal assistance to give you a fighting chance against TransX, but you may still feel overwhelmed trying to decide which firm to choose, given the massive number of options available.
While anyone can put out an online shingle saying they accept commercial vehicle injury cases, not all of them can say they have almost thirty years of experience successfully litigating them, that they're willing to spend the time to explain the law relevant to their clients' cases in plain English, and that they've beaten some of the largest trucking companies in the country. At Grossman Law Offices, those are just a few of the things that set us apart.
If you've suffered injuries in a crash involving a TransX semi-truck, please call us at 855-326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help you. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen to your questions and concerns.
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