Attorneys for People Injured in Knight Transportation Trucking Accidents
Knight Transportation employs more than 5000 workers and truck drivers in the trucking industry. The publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (KNX) allows it to operate more than 4000 tractors pulling over 8800 trailers nationwide.
The company offers numerous delivery solutions, including Drive van, intermodal, refrigerated, brokerage, dedicated, and rail & port services.
In 1991, the company generated $13 million in annual income. By 2018, Knight Transportation Inc generated annual revenue of $906 million. Currently, the company operates 25 locations nationwide from Oregon to California, Florida to Pennsylvania.
Contact information for the Knight Headquarters and Service Center support system includes:
20002 N. 19th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(602) 269-2000 (phone)
(602) 352-8200 (refrigerated)
(602) 606-6203 (fax)
Website Address: http://www.knighttrans.com/
Knight Transportation is an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning the company delivers mixed freight. This type of trucking is opposite Truckload (LT) trucking companies that deliver cargo containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations.
Truck Accidents Involving Knight Transportation
According to statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately half a million trucking accidents occur every year in America. These accidents result in more than 5000 fatalities, including the deaths of truck drivers, other motorists, passengers, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Like all major trucking companies, Knight Transportation maintains tight schedules where truckers work long hours to ensure shipments arrive on time. This demand for optimal customer service places a significant burden and stress level on the truck driver who must meet their deadlines.
As a result, Knight transportation deals with hundreds of accidents with and without injuries and wrongful death. A small sampling of recent Knight Transportation accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on October 2, 2019 - The Oregon State Police filed a report involving an accident where the vehicle ran off the road. The accident involved a Knight Transportation semi-tractor-trailer on a two-way roadway (Highway 20) during the dawn hours on a dry road surface. The accident resulted in one injury and one fatality.
- Wreck on December 9, 2019 - The Laredo Police Department filed a report of a Knight Transportation-owned summary tractor-trailer involved in a two-vehicle crash during daylight hours on General Milton Dr., Laredo, TX. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on October 7, 2019 - The Chicago Police Department filed a report of a company-owned semi-truck with an enclosed box trailer colliding into another motor vehicle on a divided two-way Road. The incident occurred on 51st St. in Chicago, IL, which resulted in one injury.
- Wreck on November 14, 2019 - The California Highway Patrol filed a report of a Knight Transportation-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding into a motor vehicle on a divided two-way road (Route 91) in Corona, California. The incident occurred at night on a dry surface Road, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on November 20, 2019 - The McGee Police Department in McGee, Mississippi File filed a report involving a two-vehicle accident where the Knight Transportation single-unit truck collided into a motor vehicle on a two-way road. The accident resulted in three injuries.
- Crash on August 20, 2019 - The Utah State Police filed a report of a bobtail tractor truck with an enclosed box trailer crashing into another vehicle on State Route 28 at Powell Lane in LeVan, Utah. The accident occurred during daylight hours and resulted in one injury.
- Accident on October 3, 2019 - The Florida Highway Patrol Filed a report involving a 2-vehicle accident involving the motor carrier. The Knight Transportation semi-tractor-trailer collided with another motor vehicle on a divided two-way roadway (SR 91). The incident resulted in one injury.
- Wreck on August 2, 2019 - The Warren County Sheriff's Office filed a report of a motor carrier accident involving a Knight Transportation semi-tractor-trailer traveling on SR 63, a two-way roadway. The accident involved a crash into fixed objects where the vehicle ran off the road, resulting in one injury during the dawn light hours.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents, Including Knight Transportation Inc
Statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed many of the common causes associated with large commercial vehicles in the United States that include:
- Aggressive Behavior - Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in wrongful death or severe injuries of innocent passengers and motorists.
- Driving Distracted - The trucker should never use their mobile phone, send text messages, or read their email while operating their commercial truck. Distracted driving could lead to severe harm or death.
- Driving under the Influence - If the truckers involved in a wreck, law enforcement will often perform a test at the accident scene to determine if the truck driver consumed alcohol or took illegal drugs.
- Improperly Loaded or Overloaded Cargo - If the worker overloads or incorrectly loads the tractor-trailer, any shift in the cargo can cause a serious problem when in transport. The shipment may move unexpectedly and cause a rollover.
- Driving Drowsy - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
Sometimes, an accident scene reconstructionist will determine the trucker is responsible for causing an accident because of their erratic movements or exhaustion when meeting the demands of the tight schedule.
In these cases, a truck accident lawyer with years of experience in tort law can obtain financial compensation for their clients because they proved the trucker, and the trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for those sharing the roadway, which led to an accident.
Financial Remedy for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Truck-Related Crash
Any victim suffering an injury or those who lost a loved one because of a large commercial truck accident can file a lawsuit and seek damages from every party at fault.
Successfully resolving your case requires abiding by state tort laws when filing a claim with the insurance company or presenting a case in front of a judge and jury. The rules involving compensation cases are complex.
Typically, injured parties have the right to file a lawsuit to litigate their case to a judge or file a claim and negotiate an acceptable settlement with the insurance company to ensure that all responsible parties at fault pay damages.
Filing a truck accident claim for compensation ensures that the victim can receive economic recovery for their damages, including:
- Hospital bills, medical costs, and expenses of rehab and therapies
- Past, present, and future earnings because of a permanent or temporary disability
- Car rental while the damaged car is under repair
- Temporary or permanent loss of your truck or car
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
Truck Accident FAQs
Our personal injury attorneys understand that many families have unanswered questions about holding commercial truckers accountable in horrific crashes. Our legal team answered some of the frequently asked questions below.
If you need additional information, contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a consultation, at no charge to you.
Can I Sue Truck Drivers for Being Hit by a Semi-Tractor-Trailer?
Many victims injured in tractor-trailer accidents suffer severe injuries and financial damages. If an accident scene reconstructionist or police officer determines that the trucking company or truck driver was at fault for causing the wreck due to negligence, you could seek damages by filing a civil suit.
You could likely recover compensation for doctor bills, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain-and-suffering.
How Do I File a Civil Lawsuit after a Trucking Collision?
Any injured victim should discuss their case with an experienced collision injury lawyer immediately after the wreck. Your lawyer could determine potential defendants in your case that might include:
- The trucker
- Trucking business
- Commercial truck manufacturer
- Maintenance crews
- Insurance carrier
- Truck components manufacturer
- Any individual or entity involved in the wreck
Even if the police officer determined that you were responsible for causing the wreck, the truck company might still be legally liable if their employee's negligence played any part in the wreck.
Do I Have a Case if My Spouse or Child Was Killed in a Commercial Truck Crash?
Any close family member who lost a loved one in a commercial truck wreck caused by another motorist has a legal right to file a suit under wrongful death laws. Common damages paid to the surviving family members in a wrongful death lawsuit might involve:
- Hospitalization expenses
- Medical bills
- Compensation for losing guidance, protection, and support
- Funeral and burial expenses
How Much Money Can I Get from an 18-Wheeler Wreck?
Every commercial truck wreck is caused by unique circumstances, resulting in minor to horrific injuries or wrongful death. The worth of your case will be valued on the extent of your injuries and damages, the loss of a loved one, and the trucking company's insurance coverage limits.
That said, some plaintiffs have received thousands of dollars for the wreck in cases with no bodily harm, and others tens of millions of dollars with the victims were permanently disfigured and disabled.
Typically, these cases involve the truck driver's reckless behavior and extreme negligence where jurors awarded punitive damages to punish the trucker's employer.
Do Semi Truck Crashes Go to Trial?
Approximately 95% of all cases will resolve through a negotiated settlement out of court when both sides (plaintiff and defendants) can reach a monetary agreement. The remaining cases are usually heard in front of a judge and jury.
Many plaintiffs will agree to a negotiated amount paid by the defendant's insurance carrier to avoid going to trial due to the juror's uncertainty of what they will decide. Defendants will agree to a settlement for fear that jurors awarded the plaintiffs more compensation than their insurance policy will provide.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to discuss the merits of your truck collision case if a large commercial truck claimed the life of your loved one to wrongful death or cause severe injuries.
Our aggressive legal firm will represent your family and develop an effective strategy for fighting back against the commercial vehicle business wanting to avoid legal responsibility for causing your injuries or wrongful death.
Contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis agreement. This arrangement ensures that you pay no upfront fees and all legal services are paid from an award at trial, or through an out-of-court settlement.
All information you share with our truck accident lawyers remains confidential through an attorney-client relationship.