As one of the largest freight transportation companies in North America, Con-Way Transportation has annual revenues in the billions of dollars. This leading Fortune 500 transport company offers LTL (less than a truckload) cargo shipping, full truckload delivery, logistics, supply chain management, and warehousing services to 500+ locations in 20 countries.
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Con-Way's Large Commercial Truck Fleet
Con-Way Transportation, Inc. is an old company, initially started in Portland Oregon in 1929, as Consolidated Truck Lines. By the end of the 1930s, this local transport company became a regional cargo delivery service provider, taking on many new routes from the West Coast to the east. By 1996, the company was renamed Consolidated Freightways, before filing bankruptcy in 2002. Re-branded as Con-Way Transportation in 2004, it is now headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
As of the end of February 2014, The company along with its five subsidiaries employ 5031 truckers driving 3592 commercial vehicles including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and commercial cargo vans. The enormous company fleet travels millions of miles across the nation's highways every year. Unfortunately, truckers have been involved in 505 Con-Way Transportation truck accidents over the last 24 months, where the collisions caused 11 fatalities in 153 injuries.
To maintain roadway safety, routine inspections performed by the U.S. DOT and FMCSA (Federal Motors Carrier Safety Administration) have removed 280 trucks from the Con-Way Transportation fleet from service along with 35 drivers. This statistic represents 7.8 percent of the total truck fleet as compared to a 20.72 percent national average. These numbers also represent 0.7 percent of the total number of Con-Way Transportation drivers that have been let go, compared to 5.51 percent of the national average.
Causes of Serious Accident Behind Many Trucking Accident Cases
It is the responsibility of the trucking company and all of its drivers to provide primary duties to stay safe on the roadways and adequately maintaining their vehicle. The trucker must give their full attention while driving on the road, and have years of experience and extensive training in handling powerful, large vehicles. When trucking companies and the driver are negligent in their actions, catastrophic accidents involving severe injuries and death can happen. Numerous factors can cause an accident, including:
- Reckless or Negligent Driving – Truckers are often negligent or careless in their actions when behind the wheel. Negligent actions can include improperly changing lanes/passing/turning, not using turn signals and failing to obey traffic laws/signs/lights.
- Driving at Excessive Speed – The number one cause of catastrophic accidents involving large commercial vehicles is driving at excessive speeds. Driving fast does not provide the trucker enough time to react to any unexpected situation including stopping in time.
- Driving While Tired or Fatigued – With tight delivery constraints and deadlines, drivers can quickly become fatigued behind the wheel, increasing the potential of causing catastrophic accidents on the roadway.
- Impaired Driving – Intoxication and the use of drugs can cause impairment where truckers are unable to control the vehicle. There illegal, reckless action can lead to catastrophic events with severe injuries and the potential of death.
- Equipment Malfunction – Defective parts including brake pads, tires, and axles on the truck and trailer puts the driver and all other motorists and passengers on the road in harm's way. If a fully loaded semi-truck weighing 70 to 80 tons cannot stop in time, due to defective truck parts, serious accidents can occur.
- Poor Roadway or Weather Conditions – Inexperienced truckers often make crucially dangerous driving decisions when driving under poor roadway and weather conditions, putting other motorists and passengers at risk of being involved in an accident.
Retaining an Attorney to Represent You for Injuries Related to a Con-Way Truck Crash
Victims involved in a Con-Way Transportation truck accident often hire an attorney to file a claim for financial recompense. This is because severe injuries and fatalities can generate extensive medical bills, extensive damage to the motorist's vehicle, lost earnings, severe pain and ongoing suffering, along with mental and emotional anguish.
Sample Settlements and Verdicts
$500,000 ILLINOIS SETTLEMENT.
The victim in this case was driving down an Illinois tollway. The exact location was the Northwest Tollway, on I-90. At the same time, a Con-Way driver drove down that exact route. Traffic was bad. Cars stopped and went in a disorderly fashion. Eventually, the Con-Way trucker clipped the plaintiff's car. He was tailgating well before that. He didn't leave enough space between both vehicles. Prior to the crash, he wasn't paying attention. He allowed his truck to rear-end the other. This caused a lot of damage for the plaintiff. First, his car was damaged. Second, he sustained injuries. He suffered a head contusion, scrapes, bruises, and broken bones. Third, he had pain and suffering for long after the crash. For these harms, he sued the trucker and Con-Way. His suit alleged they were negligent. Also, their negligence caused his damages. This connecting point was crucial for his case. If the defendants were negligent but that didn't relate to his harms, he wouldn't be able to recover. As it turned out, this issue wasn't tested by a jury. That's because they settled. The man received $500,000 to end the matter. That represented all the compensation he'd receive for his economic and other losses.
$3,500,000 IOWA SETTLEMENT.
The victim in this suit was as blameless as it gets. Prior to the truck crash, he was in the armed services. He had several tours in active combat zones. Yet, each time, he came back okay. He still had full use of his arms and legs when the incident occurred. It happened on an Iowa highway. A trucker contracted by Conway was driving in a bizarre fashion. As it turned out, he was high on marijuana at the time of the crash. The plaintiff tried to let him pass but the trucker rear-ended him. That sent the motorcycle and truck spinning out of control. The plaintiff eventually lost his leg. This had a profound effect on his life. He couldn't enjoy life like he used to or even ride his bike. He couldn't work in the Army anymore and was just years away from his pension. Plus, he had to endure the pain from the event long after it took place. He sued the driver and Conway. Over years, Conway and its insurance company employed a variety of duck and dodge tactics. Yet, this could only last so long. The plaintiff was clearly in the right. Plus, his life was so fundamentally altered by the crash that the defendants had to pay up and big. And they did. The man received a $3,500,000 settlement. A lot of that was for his drastic medical bills. Yet, it also calculated to make up for the money he lost due to his handicap. Finally, it compensated for various things like long-term pain and change in life.
$1,000,000 NEW YORK AWARD.
This suit arose in a borough of New York City. The case was actually filed in Queens. It involved a Con-Way driver and a local resident. The two collided and caused great damage to both vehicles. Plus, the resident suffered a bunch of injuries. He hurt his spines. He tore his shoulder muscle. He felt other pains all over as well. To account for them, he sued the trucker and Con-Way. He alleged the truck driver was negligent and caused him damages. He reasoned the business was vicariously liable as its employer. This is pretty standard logic. Most employers are responsible for the harms their workers cause in the scope of employment. Here, it could hardly be argued the crash happened outside of that scope. Plus, there weren't factors to change the nature of the event like drunk driving. Due to the clear nature of the case, the plaintiff was able to secure a large award. The amount was to cover his bills, pain, lost income, and change in life. This suit was notable for its size and timeline compared to similar crashes.
INDIANA TRUCK ACCIDENT.
This truck accident took place in Northwest Indiana. It happened back in 2009. The case was filed in 2010. The crash took the life of a couple and their three kids. They were on the way to Florida to visit relatives. The lawsuit, brought by the father's mom and brother, alleged the Con-Way trucker operated his vehicle negligently. That negligence caused the crash that killed the family in their view. They brought in Con-Way as a defendant as well. They were able to bring the suit because it was for wrongful death. Those cases allow spouses and immediate family members to sue for the pain and expense a death causes. Not long after the filing, Con-Way removed the suit to federal court.
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