What Happens When You're Involved in a Truck Accident With An 18-wheeler Operated by Transport America?
Truck accidents can result in complex legal cases, for which you'll need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Trucking companies have the resources to protect their companies and their money. If you or your loved one was injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer owned by Transport America, you need to know what you're up against. In this article, our attorneys take a look at this company and their driving history. Learn what steps you should take to put you in the best possible position to recover your losses.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- Who exactly is Transport America?
- What happens if I'm injured in an accident with a Transport America Truck?
- What is Transport America's safety record?
Safety Record for Transport America
Headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, Transport Corporation of America (Transport America,) which was incorporated in 1984, has over 1,600 drivers on their payroll and a fleet of around 1,500 trucks. They service mostly the Midwest, East, and Southeast and offer a wide range of transportation services for retailers, manufacturers, and furniture builders, shipping consumer products, expedited freight, and recreational products.
In the last 24 months, Transport America has been involved in 156 accidents. Of those accidents, 100 resulted in a tow-away, 49 caused unspecified injuries, and 7 resulted in fatalities. While it's important to acknowledge that not all of these accidents were necessarily the fault of the trucking companies or its drivers, some percentage undoubtedly are. When you're handling vehicles as large as 18-wheelers that are moving at a high rate of speed, the capacity for harm increases exponentially.
Big Company, Big Problems
The problem with being involved in an accident involving a commercial trucking company like Transport America is that, as a multi-million dollar company, they are going to have more resources than you as an individual do. While you will have to litigate your case on your own if you decide to do so, they will have a host of employees dedicated to working on your case against you, including investigators who can be at the scene the day after the crash to interview, and possibly influence, witnesses. Some large trucking companies who have a lot on the line are even willing to tamper with evidence. This makes it that much more important to have investigators working on your behalf at the scene to track evidence & witnesses, and make sure nothing is tampered with.
Large companies will also have the financial resources to hire opinion experts and accident reconstructionists. This type of expert testimony is crucial in a truck accident case, and you can bet that Transport America will be sure to have it available to help tell their side of the story. Expert witness can give opinions on scientific evidence, and accident reconstructionists can use models and animations to convince a jury that their account of the accident is accurate. If you hope to compete, you'll either have to be able to afford your own experts and investigators or get with a law firm that will do it for you.
Lastly, there is the task of tracking every piece of information in a lawsuit. Many law suits can quickly grow into an entire file room of documentation, motions, and requests for productions. A multi-million dollar company like Transport America is going to have a staff of paralegals, secretaries, and file clerks to record and track all this information so that it is easily available.
By contrast, most people have enough trouble keep track of every piece of information in law suit. When you have to deal with crippling injuries, medical doctors, bills that pile up, and the ongoing stress of your circumstances, there is no possible way you could be expected to keep track of all that information.
Why You Should Consider Enlisting the Help of Grossman Law Offices
If you've been involved in an accident involving a Transport America vehicle, you need the support of our attorneys and staff that are ready to help you right now. Grossman Law Offices has been litigating against these big companies for years. Our staff of attorneys and paralegals can help put you on equal footing with companies like Transport America. Contact Grossman Law Offices today at (855) 326-0000.
Here are some other articles that explain what happens in a truck accident case: