Everything You Need to Know About Holding US Xpress Accountable for Your Injuries
If you track the origins of most of the largest trucking companies in the United States, you'll find that most began, in one form or another, between 1930 and the late 1950's. It makes sense that billion dollar behemoths don't just spring up overnight. That is, unless we're talking about Chattanooga, Tennessee-based US Xpress, which was founded in 1986. In a little over 30 years, the company has grown from a modest operation of 48 trucks to a $1.5 billion enterprise, the 21st largest trucking company in the United States.
More so than most companies, US Xpress stakes a lot of its reputation on its commitment to safety. Indeed, the company has been an early adopter of many safety technologies, such as electronic logs, speed limiters, and anti-collision technologies. While these technologies may have done a lot to reduce the number of accidents that US Xpress drivers are involved in, that doesn't mean that the company is going to roll over and do the right thing when one of their drivers does cause an accident. Holding any large company accountable may be an uphill fight, but it's far from an impossible one.
Questions Answered on this Page:
- How many accidents was US Xpress involved in from 2016-2018?
- What challenges do victims of wrecks involving US Xpress drivers face?
- How is litigating against a company that prides itself on a commitment to safety particularly challenging?
Who Is US Xpress?
US Xpress operates nearly 7,000 trucks and 15,000 trailers. In a given year, its drivers cover almost 600,000,000 miles. For a bit of perspective, UPS drivers drive roughly 4 and a half times as many miles, but they do so in 20 times the number of trucks. That's a lot of travel and a lot of opportunity for accidents.
Between 2016 and 2018, US Xpress trucks were involved in 810 crashes. 23 of those wrecks resulted in at least one fatality, while an injury was reported in 256 additional collisions. In order to make those numbers more intelligible, it's worth noting that means a US Xpress truck was involved in an accident that resulted in injury or death roughly once every 3 days. While that might not seem like a lot, given the number of trucks and the miles they drive, it does mean that a US Xpress truck is involved in a fatal accident at roughly twice the rate of a UPS truck on a per mile basis.
It's important to be careful when drawing conclusions based upon rate statistics in the trucking industry. Different kinds of driving entail different risks. In the interest of fairness, it's next to impossible that each of the 810 crashes involving a US Xpress truck were the truck driver's fault. It would be equally ridiculous to assume that some of these incidents weren't caused when a US Xpress driver made a mistake.
Challenges to Holding US Xpress Accountable
Our firm has litigated truck accident injury and fatality cases for nearly 30 years, and in that time we have yet to see a trucking company take responsibility and treat victims fairly when one of their drivers screws up. It may seem counter-intuitive, but this is particularly true for companies that place a greater emphasis on driver safety than others.
It's a strange side of human nature, but when we identify strongly with any attribute, we're hard-wired to fight back against anything that contradicts that belief. So while most trucking companies try to avoid responsibility for accidents because it can cost them a lot of money, it doesn't strike at their core identity when they lose.
On the other hand, when a company prides itself on its safety record, and invests significant sums of money in technology to improve that record, anytime one of their drivers causes an accident, it's a slap in the face to the culture they believe they've built. In order to avoid this crisis of conscience, they dig into their belief that they did nothing wrong with even greater conviction, because they're "a safe company."
The losers in these situations are always those who are injured or lose a loved one when the "safe" company's driver screws up and does something dangerous. Victims need evidence to make any trucking company see reason, but when it comes to companies built around a vision of safety, evidence is the only way to make them see reality. This isn't a phenomenon that's specific to any single company, but an often overlooked aspect of truck accident litigation that's just a part of human nature.
Grossman Law Offices Has the Experience to Make a Difference
Does taking on a giant company, with practically limitless resources, which is heavily invested in the narrative that they do everything in a safe manner sound like something most of us would want to do when we're attempting to recover from a serious injury or the loss of a loved one? Probably not. Most people just want a resolution to one of the worst times in their lives that doesn't involve them being victimized again.
That's where Grossman Law Offices comes in. While any lawyer who passes the bar has some idea of how to proceed with a truck accident injury lawsuit, only those who have litigated hundreds of cases have the experience to know what they don't teach you in law school. While there is no such thing as an open and shut commercial truck accident injury case, experienced attorneys are much better able to foresee bumps in the road and steer your case clear of them.
If you don't want to have to make a choice between focusing on putting your life together and holding the trucking company responsible for the pain they've caused you, please call us at (855) 326-0000 to discuss your options. We answer the phone any hour of the day.
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