Concerns when Litigating with XPO Logistics
How does an injury or wrongful death claim against a trucking company work? Most people probably think that once the police issue their report and indicate that they believe that a truck driver caused a crash, the trucking company has to pay for the resulting damage. The truth is that a police report is just an officer's best guess at what caused a crash, and is by no means the final word on the subject.
In fact, it surprises most injured people or surviving loved ones to learn that the law places the burden on them to prove that a trucking company's negligence caused their losses. This takes more than just a police report; it takes compelling evidence from the truck and the scene to convince a jury that the trucking company is to blame.
Given the severity of the injuries that often result from 18-wheeler collisions, the costs, in terms of both lost wages and medical bills, can be staggering. This gives trucking companies a powerful incentive to avoid taking full responsibility for their actions. Additionally, some trucking companies, like XPO Logistics, operate with very tight profit margins, which provides further incentive to fight.
That's why for nearly 30 years, Dallas truck accident attorney Michael Grossman has made it his mission to ensure that victims get what the law says they deserve.
Questions Answered on This Page:
- What is XPO Logistics?
- How can I hold XPO Logistics accountable for the injuries they may have caused?
- Why do tight profit margins provide more incentive for companies to fight injury claims?
What Is XPO Logistics?
Headquartered in Greenwich, CT, XPO Logistics is the 3rd largest trucking company in the United States. XPO generates more than $15 billion in annual income and employs more than 87,000 people driving its trucks and working in its warehouses. The company owns 8,415 trucks and works with another 7,800 owner operators. Its list of other equipment includes 27,591 trailers and 9,960 containers, a staggering number. According to the federal government, XPO Logistics drivers travel more than 600 million miles per year.
With so much equipment moving such great distances, it's not surprising that XPO trucks find themselves involved in crashes. Over the past 2 years, XPO trucks were involved in 648 crashes. Of that total, 187 resulted in at least one injury, while another 20 had a fatality. In order to present the full picture, it must be acknowledged that these numbers, which come from the federal government, only counts up the crashes and makes no finding of fault one way or the other.
Because of this, it would be unfair to assume that XPO Logistics is responsible for all of these crashes. If an XPO truck was at the scene, it's in the numbers, even if the driver did nothing wrong. However, it is equally irresponsible to assume that none of these wrecks were caused by a mistake or moment of carelessness on a driver's part. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
How Can XPO Logistics' Tight Profit Margin Affect Your Case?
While most people look at a company like XPO Logistics and focus on the $15 billion in revenue, they may not notice that the company's actual profits are only a bit more than $300 million. That's a profit margin of less than 2%, meaning that the difference between a good year and a bad year is incredibly small. This situation motivates any business, not just XPO, to look to minimize costs wherever they can. Personal injury claims are a prime target, since they add nothing to a company's bottom line.
Some may say, "$300 million in profit is a lot of money! Surely properly compensating victims can't take that much out of it, right?" Not necessarily. Even assuming the rosiest plausible scenario, with 90% of the crashes that involve an XPO driver turning out to be someone else's fault, we're still left with 2 fatal crashes and nearly 20 injury collisions. Given the severity of the injuries that usually result from 18-wheeler crashes, the costs of medical bills and lost wages alone could run into the millions. Settling each claim for only $1 million each would still take close to 7% of XPO's profits. That might not sound like much, but when margins are already so tight, every dollar counts.
Of course, no company can assume that they're only responsible for a small fraction of the crashes their vehicles are involved in. They have to treat each crash as if the victims will potentially try to force XPO to pay for their injuries. When you look at all of the crashes, it's not hard to see how losing out on a significant percentage of them could make it so that XPO goes from making a small profit to losing money, and then executives losing their jobs. While it may seem cold, from the perspective of self-interest, it makes perfect sense why XPO Logistics vigorously disputes every claim made against their drivers.
None of this is meant to scare those who were injured or lost a loved one to a negligent XPO driver out of filing a claim, only to illustrate just how strong an incentive large trucking companies have to fight each and every claim. The biggest mistake truck accident victims make is to assume that a trucking company's management cares more about what it might owe to injured parties than about the company's profitability or survival. This mistake leads to costly delays, which in extreme instances can jeopardize the value of a case, forcing victims to shoulder a large burden of their losses themselves.
People who've had their lives turned upside down by a crash understand just how desperate their own situation is, but rarely consider that the trucking company who injured them may have severe financial stresses of its own. It shouldn't be a victim's problem, but trucking companies do their best to ensure that it is.
Grossman Law Offices Can Help
For nearly 3 decades, Grossman Law Offices has been the firm that people who've been injured or have lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident have turned to. Our attorneys not only know what it takes to hold trucking companies accountable, but also the techniques and motivations that lead trucking companies to vastly undervalue the damage that their drivers can inflict on others.
A motivated adversary requires an equally motivated ally. Grossman Law Offices has long been that ally for those affected by a commercial truck crash. Whether it's understanding the law, our stable of subject-matter experts in areas like accident reconstruction, or relationships with the finest physicians, Grossman Law Offices not only helps our clients pursue their legal case, but makes sure they get the care they need to put their lives back together.
At this point, hopefully we've demonstrated that there's no such thing as an easy commercial truck accident case, but the experienced attorneys at Grossman Law Offices are ready to help you bear the burden. If you'd like to know more about how we can assist with your claim, please feel free to call us at (855) 326-0000 for a free, confidential consultation. We are ready to discuss your case anytime, day or night.
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