Are You a Victim of a Crash Involving United Vision Logistics?
Victims unfamiliar with injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles may assume that obtaining fair compensation is just a matter of filing the right paperwork with the trucking company's insurance. This misconception can leave victims at a severe disadvantage against companies willing to fight hard to avoid paying the actual costs of their negligence.
There are any number of legal issues that may affect how these complex cases proceed, some of which may differ based on the company involved. One in particular may be relevant for those harmed by collisions involving United Vision Logistics 18-wheelers: the underlying financial condition of the trucking company itself. Dallas truck accident attorney Michael Grossman explains.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is United Vision Logistics?
- How many crashes involving injury or death has the company been involved in?
- How could the company's financial difficulties affect litigation against them?
What is United Vision Logistics?
Formed by the 2010 merger of four smaller trucking companies, Louisiana-based United Vision Logistics (UVL) is currently the 97th-largest commercial transport company in the U.S., with 2017 revenues of just over $250 million. UVL specializes in transportation for the energy, construction, and manufacturing sectors. It's fleet of roughly 1,200 tractor-trailers and drivers traveled about 65 million miles in 2017.
Over the last two years, federal government data indicates UVL vehicles have been involved in 78 wrecks, of which 27 have led to injuries and 3 have resulted in fatalities. As high as these numbers may seem, it's also important to note that they don't provide enough information to determine fault for any given crash.
One less obvious aspect of UVL's operations that may be relevant to your case is their ongoing financial challenges. While this may seem like an issue that's only of interest to investors and its board of directors, a company undergoing major fiscal challenges is likely to fight that much harder to avoid taking on any additional costs, including payouts to victims of its negligence.
How United Vision Logistics' Financial Condition Affects Claims
As anyone who's ever tried to live paycheck to paycheck is well aware, scarcity often breeds desperation to hold on to what you have as tightly as possible. While the amounts involved are obviously much larger, that principle also applies to trucking companies that enter a significant downturn.
Since United Vision Logistics is a private company, obtaining reliable information about their profit margins isn't easy. But even the little information available to the public paints a discouraging portrait: revenues that have decreased by $150 million in five years, coupled with the loss of almost 2,000 employees.
I'll leave it to the financial analysts to speculate about what might have caused this downturn. Given the increasing challenges commercial transportation in general, and the car hauling sector specifically, have faced in recent years, United Vision Logistics' difficulties certainly aren't solely of its own making.
But whatever the underlying cause, a company doing poorly is likely to be even more aggressive than it otherwise would be in defending against claims related to crashes involving its vehicles. Where a more successful business might only see a hit to its returns for shareholders, one that's struggling may see a judgment or large settlement as a threat to its continued survival.
You may wonder why a company with revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars would consider paying fair compensation to victims of wrecks caused by their drivers to be too much of a burden. But given that amounts for a settlement or judgment in cases like this can reach into the millions, a troubled company like United Vision Logistics may feel that it has to fight as hard as it can to avoid doing so.
To make matters worse, a company won't wait until the case goes to trial to begin shaping the narrative in their favor. They might send an investigator to surveil you as you go about your daily business, hoping to catch you on a good day and get evidence suggesting your injuries aren't that severe. We've also known them to look victims up on social media, trying to determine whether they sent posts out around the time of the crash, which could be used to imply they were distracted.
The best way to overcome the trucking company's efforts to shift blame and get them to compensate you fairly is to obtain the help of an attorney with experience litigating tractor-trailer crashes. In collaboration with independent investigators, they can obtain the evidence you need to hold the company accountable for their careless behavior, regardless of how hard they may fight to avoid it.
How Grossman Law Offices Protects Your Legal Interests
The challenges presented by a trucking company's difficult financial situation are just a few of the many likely to arise in the course of litigating any commercial vehicle injury or wrongful death case. That makes it incredibly important to have experienced legal help to ensure you're well-prepared for every complication.
At Grossman Law Offices, our almost 30 years successfully litigating wrecks involving 18-wheelers have given us an extensive familiarity with every aspect of these cases, and we're ready to put it to work for you. Our investigators and legal professionals will ensure you have the evidence and arguments needed to prove your case with the rigor the law demands.
If you've been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash involving a United Vision Logistics vehicle, please call 855-326-0000 to find out how our attorneys can help you. We're here to listen and advise you of your options, whenever you need us.
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