Knight Transportation Truck Accident Attorneys
Knight Transportation employs more than 5000 workers in truck drivers. 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 generated an annual revenue of $906 million. Currently, the company operates 25 locations nationwide from Oregon to California, Florida to Pennsylvania. Contact information for the 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 a Truckload (LT) carrier that delivers trucks containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations.
Accidents Involving Knight Transportation
According to statistics maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are 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.
- Accident 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.
- Collision 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. 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.
- Collision on August 2, 2019 - The Warren County Sheriff's Office filed a report of an accident involving a Knight Transportation semi-tractor-trailer traveling on SR 63, a two-way roadway. The accident involved a collision 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
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 vehicle. Distracted driving could lead to severe harm or death.
- 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.
- 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, the commercial trucker is found to be responsible for causing an accident because of their erratic movements because they are tired, fatigued, or meeting the demands of the tight schedule. In these cases, lawyers 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 has suffered an injury or 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 Illinois 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 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 it, 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 your vehicle is under repair
- Temporary or permanent loss of your truck or car
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to discuss the merits of your vehicle accident case if a large commercial truck claimed the life of your loved one to wrongful death or cause your severe injuries. 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.
The attorneys at (888) 424-5757 work on a contingency fee basis, which means no upfront fees are required, and all legal services are paid from an award at trial, or through an out-of-court settlement. Contact us today!