The Roadway Trucking Company was founded in Akron Ohio in 1930, providing local transported deliveries in the region. Just a few years earlier, the Yellow Cab Transit Company was founded in Oklahoma City, shortening the business name to Yellow Transit Co. after just two years. Decades later, both companies would merge.
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From Humble Midwestern Beginnings to a North American Giant
The Ohio-based trucking company prospered from its humble beginnings. As part of an expansion in 1997, the Roadway Trucking Company acquired Reamer Express extending its service all across North America from Canada to Mexico, and changed its name to Roadway Express.
By 2003, Roadway Express merged with the Yellow Transit Co., changing its name to Yellow Roadway Corporation. Six years after merging, both companies change their banner to YRC, Inc. Today, the company’s rebranding maintains a strong focus on their core business, providing a wide array of shipping options including LTL (less than truckload) deliveries all across North America. They take a solid stance on saving the environment, and providing safe transport of cargo goods.SAFER Statistics Related To Roadway Express Crashes
Under the watchful eye of the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains SAFER statistics on all trucking companies doing business in the United States. SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Records) manages information regarding the number of employees and fleet vehicles managed by trucking companies.
According to federal statistics, Roadway Express, doing business as YRC, Inc. employs over 7,300 drivers, and operates more than 4,900 large commercial trucks. These include large cargo vans, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, flatbeds, and semi-trucks. In addition to maintaining statistics, the Department of Transportation also performs routine inspections on vehicles and drivers.
In the 24 months leading up to February 2014, Roadway Express failed inspections on 878 of the 4,918 vehicles in their fleet. As a result, these trucks were removed from service. This number represents 17.9 percent of the company’s entire truck fleet, just less than the 20.72 percent national average.
In addition, the Department of Transportation inspectors took away driving privileges of 73 of the company’s 7353 truckers for failing the inspections. This number represents one percent of the total number of drivers that work for Roadway Express (YRC, Inc.), which is substantially less than the 5.51 percent national average.Reported Truck Crashes Involving Roadway Express
Roadway Express travels millions of miles every year, subjecting their drivers to hazardous road conditions and bad weather. Even with proper maintenance, many of their drivers have experienced a roadway express truck accident. In the years 2012 and 2013, Roadway Express drivers were involved in 525 crashes, involving 22 fatalities and 172 injuries.Negligent Actions Contributing To Serious Truck Wrecks
Many accidents involving large commercial trucks are the result of negligent action caused by the driver, management, truck company owners, mechanics, dispatchers and the manufacturer of truck parts. Often times, negligent action includes:
- Defective Truck Parts – Large commercial trucks can be involved in a serious and sometimes deadly accident driving with defective truck parts. These could include fractured axles due to excessive weight, worn braking pads, defective tires and other truck components.
- Reckless Driving Behavior – Inexperienced or fatigued drivers can cause significant and sometimes catastrophic accidents through reckless driving behavior. Changing lanes without signaling, swerving in and out of traffic, miscalculating distance for stopping and not following the rules of the road can substantially increase the potential of causing an accident.
- Impaired and/or Distracted Driving – Intoxicated drivers and those that are distracted by phone calls, texting or talking with passengers put themselves in other motorists on the road at risk for serious injuries caused by a devastating accident.
- Driving Too Fast – A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. Driving at an excess rate of speed often makes a heavy truck more challenging to maneuver and/or stop. In addition, any minimal accident can become catastrophic if the large truck is moving at a high rate of speed.
Victims of a Roadway Express truck accident often hire the skills of seasoned personal injury lawyers that specialize in catastrophic accidents. Through experience in negotiating and litigating accident claims, the attorneys can attain adequate compensation for the damages, pain, suffering and injuries endured by the victim.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide years of experience in handling cases involving large vehicle accidents. The attorneys work on contingency and do not require upfront fees from the victim. Call (888) 424-5757 or fill out our online contact form for a no-obligation assessment of the case.