CRST International Truck Accident Attorneys
Herold and Miriam Smith founded CRST in 1955. The couple ran the company until 1983 when the company's presidency was taken over by Herold's son, John, in 1983. CRST International has provided transportation solutions as one of the largest trucking companies in the United States since its inception. Initially, the company transported livestock from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a Chicago, Illinois. The company filled empty trucks delivering goods in Chicago with heavy steel for the return load back to Cedar Rapids.
CRST International reinvests millions every year to ensure they maintain the newest equipment driven by highly trained drivers using the latest advancements and logistics technology. In 1997, annual revenues reached $300 million. During that time, the company's founder's son purchased CRST International from the family. In 2018, the company generated more than $1,448,000,000, operating over 4500 trucks driven and maintained by 5000 employees and contractors in North America.
In 2011, the Company acquired Specialized Transportation Inc. (Fort Wayne Indiana) and, in 2013, Special Products Division of Allied Van Lines and the short-haul flatbed specialized trucking company BESL Transport (Cincinnati, Ohio). The company moved into new offices in 2014, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
CRST International is an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning the company delivers mixed freight. This type of trucking is opposite a Truckload (LT) carrier that transports trucks containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. The company provides expedited, dedicated and specialized transportation services with offices, driver terminals, and distribution centers located throughout the continental United States and Canada.
Contact information for CRST International headquarters include:
201 1st St. SE.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 5241
(800) 736-2778 (CRST Expedited)
(800) 443-0940 (CRST Specialized Transportation Fort Wayne Indiana)
Common Causes of a Large Commercial Vehicle Accident
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), many accidents in the United States, including large commercial trucks involve:
- Distracted Driving - Truckers are often distracted while looking at their GPS device, talking on a smartphone, reading text messages or emails, or eating/drinking beverages while driving.
- Driving Drowsy - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
- Driving Under the Influence - If the truckers involved in an accident, law enforcement will often perform a test at the accident scene to determine if the truck driver consumed alcohol or took illegal drugs.
- Improper Use of the Lane - Motorists will often underestimate the amount of space they have when merging or performing passing maneuvers. Large commercial vehicles are limited in their capacity to make fast changes due to poor visibility and the length of space required to come to a complete stop.
- Aggressive Behavior - Any aggressive behavior by a motorist involved in a collision could kill, injure, or maim innocent victims, including passengers and other drivers.
Many times, the semi-truck driver has the accident due to erratic movements or because they were driving distracted or while fatigued. In these cases, the trucker and the trucking company should be held legally liable for causing the crash and all the costs associated with injuries or wrongful death of innocent victims.
Filing a Compensation Claim for Personal Injury Caused by a Truck Accident
All parties injured in a crash involving a cargo van, commercial truck, or semi-tractor-trailer has a legal right to seek financial compensation through a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties at fault for the collision. You can resolve your case successfully if you abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a case in front of a judge or filing a claim with the insurance company adjuster. These cases tend to be highly complex. The injured victim typically has the right to file a claim for compensation or lawsuit against all responsible parties to negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement or litigate the case in front of a judge and jury.
Filing a truck accident claim is the first legal remedy available to injured victims to ensure they can receive financial compensation for their damages, including:
- Hospital bills, medical expenses, and the cost of rehabilitation and therapy
- Loss of past, current, and future earnings due to a permanent or temporary disability
- Rental vehicle costs while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- Physical damages including the loss of your vehicle
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to hear your case if a large commercial truck caused your injuries or the loss of a loved through wrongful death. Our aggressive legal firm will represent your family and develop an effective strategy for fighting back against the commercial vehicle company wanting to avoid legal responsibility for causing your injuries or wrongful death.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757. Let us begin working on your case now. We accept every case through a contingency fee arrangement. This agreement will ensure that you do not pay anything until after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement or won your case at trial.