JB Hunt Truck Accident
Lawyers Representing People Injured in JB Hunt Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), under the United States DOT, maintains trucking company safety records for trucking lines including J.B. Hunt.
Over the course of 24 months beginning in early 2014, J.B. Hunt Transport and their drivers were involved in nearly 800 crashes, resulting in 253 injuries and 23 fatalities.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to protecting the legal rights of people injured in crashes with J.B. Hunt Transport trucks. Our truck accident lawyers encourage you to talk with our truck accident attorneys before speaking with any J.B. Hunt representative about the circumstances surrounding crashes.
Contact us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) now to schedule a free consultation with an experienced truck crashes lawyer.
National Transportation Giant
J.B. Hunt is one of the largest trucking companies in the United States, currently operating nearly 12,000 transport 18-wheelers across the U.S. and Canada, with over 13,000 drivers.
The extended miles traveled by the company every year across North American highways place a heavy burden on the truck company management and supervisory staff, along with the thousands of truckers they employ.
The J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. trucking company is a leading logistics company offering transportation services across North America, including Canada and Mexico. This Arkansas-based Fortune 500 company was first incorporated in 1961 before going public in 1983.
The company is a trucking industry leader in long-term contract freight movement deliveries. Its primary business focuses on loading and delivery opportunities using various trucks including refrigerated trailers, flatbeds, shipping containers, and dry vans to compete with other shipping companies.
High Truck Drivers Accident Rate for J.B. Hunt Compared With Other Carriers
J.B. Hunt Transport is part of a vast cargo transport network traveling the highways in large commercial trucks every day. Unfortunately, a large number of 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, flatbeds, and commercial box vans using the freeways and side roads of America pose significant risks to the safety and health of other motorists on the road, especially passenger vehicles.
Many of J.B. Hunt's accidents with injuries or wrongful death involve large commercial trucks and drivers. Some motorists and passengers sharing the highways with J.B. Hunt Transport have become victims of collisions with its company trucks.
A company snapshot of the common causes of its large commercial truck accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Truckers can be found negligent in causing an accident because of unsafe behavior. Distractions causing driving accidents involve reading, texting, or talking on a mobile device, diverting attention to smart devices such as computers, or driving while "lost in thought."
- Drunk Driving – Intoxication or driving under the influence of drugs is a serious issue, especially when it involves a fully loaded semi-truck weighing 80,000 pounds. Drug use or intoxication often causes truck drivers to make serious mistakes on the highway including aggressive driving, excessive speed, falling asleep, drifting in and out of lanes, or failing to use turn signals and headlights.
- Commercial Truck Driver Fatigue – Even though every trucker must comply with federal regulations to maintain proper "hours of service," trucking companies often place unrealistic commitments and deadlines for delivering cargo on time. As a result, truckers will ignore being fatigued or tired, which can put other motorists and passengers in great peril of serious injuries or fatalities. Truckers often make dangerous driving decisions when fatigued.
- Improper Turning or Passing – Truckers are often constrained both practically and legally when passing other vehicles. When they fail to obey safe driving habits, they run the risk of causing a JB Hunt truck accident with severe injuries. Some truckers improperly pass in an intersection, forget to use turn signals, neglect checking blind spots, or maneuver around other vehicles in a no-passing zone.
- Excessive Speed – Speeding or reckless driving can cause the trucker to lose control of their large commercial vehicle. The excessive speed can minimize visibility, cause hydroplaning/skidding, or decrease the ability to react to any sudden change.
Legal Options Available to Those Involved in an Injury Accident With a J.B. Hunt Truck
Unfortunately for a lot of motorists on the road, little can be done to prevent the negligent or reckless actions of a careless trucker or truck company, even if J.B. Hunt drivers have a good driving safety record.
Individuals suffering injuries or families that have lost loved ones due to a serious J.B. Hunt Transport truck accidents usually face expensive medical bills, lost wages, considerable vehicle damage, funeral and burial costs along with mental anguish, pain, and suffering.
The most common injuries sustained in serious truck accidents include:
- Traumatic brain and head injury
- Bone, neck, back, muscle, and joint injuries
- Scarring and burns
- Spinal cord injury
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death
Sample Settlements and Verdicts Involving Injury Lawsuits Against JB Hunt Trucks
J.B. Hunt accident statistics are not much different than all other transport companies in the United States trucking industry. However, the company's track record of the massive negotiated settlements in jury trial verdicts places J.B. Hunt truck company ahead of the pack.
Below is just a small sample of what injured victims filing a personal injury claim could expect to receive from trucking companies, like JB Hunt, responsible for causing horrific accidents with catastrophic consequences.
$1,060,000 Illinois Settlement
While the injured party (plaintiffs) resided in Illinois, the defendant's conduct business outside the state. The passenger vehicle collided with a box truck near Edwardsville, Illinois. The box van driver hired by J.B. Hunt Transport was towing a trailer from Kansas to Pennsylvania on I-270.
The evidence shows that the trucker stopped without warning, not allowing sufficient time for the plaintiff to avoid rear-ending the commercial vehicle, leaving the passenger vehicle driver severely injured. The plaintiff suffered fractured bones in the hands and ribs and injured his spine.
The emergency room doctors diagnosed the plaintiff with a lacerated spleen, necessitating numerous surgeries. Despite the financial and physical toll, the victim returned to work.
The plaintiff filed a civil lawsuit against J.B. Hunt seeking compensation for hospital expenses, doctor bills, follow-up surgeries, lost wages, future lost earning capacity, pain, suffering, and the Long term effects of their disability. The lawsuit included both J.B. Hunt and the driver as defendants, even though the driver worked as an independent contractor.
The plaintiff's truck crash attorney claimed that J.B. Hunt was negligent in hiring and overseeing the independent contractor's work. The plaintiffs targeted the driver as a defendant to receive compensation through his insurance carrier, which offered $1 million to settle the claim. J.B. Hunt offered $60,000, combining the settlement to $1.6 million in total.
The settlement provided financial compensation to pay the plaintiff's extensive bills and damages. The amount negotiated was significantly more than the average involving truck accidents.
However, the $1.6 million limits factored in the plaintiff's ability to return to work with only minimal handicaps and no need to receive constant care.
$32,500,000 Indiana Settlement
This massive negotiated settlement involved the J.B. Hunt transport truck crash occurring at an Indiana highway during adverse weather conditions when ice and snow littered the roadway. At the time of the accident, the trucker was working as an independent contractor for J.B. Hunt lost control of his vehicle.
Although the accident closed a portion of the road for several hours, the trucker never used flashers or cones as required under the law. Eventually, the passenger vehicle reached the crash site and slammed into the commercial vehicle.
At the time of the accident, the injured victim was asleep on the passenger side while her fiancé drove. The passenger vehicle driver stated he could not see the commercial vehicle due to a lack of lights or cones while driving through adverse weather.
The passenger suffered critical injuries including eye damage, brain trauma, and memory loss. The young woman about to get married now requires a wheelchair from mobility, compromising her promising career as a registered nurse.
The plaintiffs and defendants reached a negotiated $32,500,000 settlement. Like many lawsuits, spouses, other relatives, and guardians can participate or file a claim on the victim's behalf.
Even though J.B. Hunt could prove that the fiancé was negligent in not slowing down to avert the crash, JB Hunt was overwhelmingly more responsible for causing the severe accident with injuries.
The injured party's personal injury attorney built the case on J.B. Hunt's deep pockets to ensure there was adequate compensation to pursue a claim.
$15,570,000 Pennsylvania Award
A J.B. Hunt, an independent contractor, hit a victim on the road's shoulder while he was helping a friend. The J.B. Hunt truck driver fled the accident scene for fearing being punished for driving drunk.
The Pennsylvania court prosecuted the JB Hunt driver for intoxication with a blood-alcohol level three times over the legal limit. The trucker had previous DUIs and had been involved in numerous truck accidents.
J.B. Hunt fired the tractor-trailer trucker after the victim filed a civil lawsuit against J.B. Hunt and the trucker. Under the truck accident lawyers' theory, Hunt negligently screened and hired the trucker, and never properly trained, oversaw, or supervised his actions.
The jury sided with the victim's personal injury attorney's premise, yet apportioned the plaintiff with 40% of the fault. The jury's apportionment reduced the award from $15,570,000 to approximately $15 million.
$1,600,000 Illinois Award
The injured party acted carelessly when exiting an Illinois highway and smashing into barrels, sending her into the path of a J.B. Hunt semi-tractor-trailer causing the commercial vehicle to rear-end her. The impact pushed the car across the roadway.
The extent of the woman's severe injuries led to her demise. Sometime later, personal injury attorneys representing her estate filed a civil lawsuit against J.B. Hunt alleged that the company trucker's negligence caused her death.
The complaint stated the trucker should have slowed down, been more alert, and otherwise avoided a crash. During a negotiated settlement, the defendant's attorneys argued that the injured party caused her own injuries and death. Neither side could reach a compromise.
The case went to trial where witnesses and arguments were heard. The jury agreed with the victim's trial lawyers but found that the woman in the passenger vehicle was 40% liable for the crash.
Thus, it found that the defendant was 60% liable for the crash. Under Illinois law, the jury award would be reduced by 40%, the extent of her damages minus the amount of her contribution to the crash.
Fortunately, had she been found to be more than 50% at fault, she would have been barred from recovering compensation entirely. The jury awarded her $1,600,000 to compensated for damages that included:
- Future loss of society.
- Past loss of society.
- Court costs and fees.
Injured in a Semi-Truck Collision With a J.B. Hunt Truck? We Can Help
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in 18-Wheeler accidents. Our legal team helps injured victims pursue adequate financial compensation for their losses.
Our attorneys can file a claim for victims involved in a J.B. Hunt truck accident against all responsible parties. Those legally responsible often include truck drivers, the trucking company, maintenance crews, mechanics, the truck manufacturer, etc.
Contact the law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation and case evaluation to receive legal advice and discuss all legal options in handling a large transport truck accident claim. All information you share remains confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
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