Ryder Integrated Trucking Accident Lawyers
Ryder Integrated Logistics operates out of Miami, Florida and provides shipping solutions all across northern America. Through the combination of truck drivers, large commercial vehicles, routing, fleet maintenance management and ongoing scheduling, the company offers transportation solutions for businesses not wanting to invest in their own shipping fleet.
The company offers a turnkey solution for businesses interested in having ongoing access to truck drivers and their vehicles. Leasing commercial trucks staffed with drivers allows businesses to adapt to any change in shipping demands and focus on generating profits without the need of worrying about fluctuating delivery needs.
Ryder Integrated Logistics manages over 650 different dedicated fleets in the United States and Canada. They offer a variety of trucking solutions by providing specialized equipment, complex routes and specific product handling needs. The company provides an easy solution for businesses wanting to be in charge of their shipping, without taking on the considerable expense of maintaining safety programs, fleet maintenance, driver management, route design and licensing.
As of early 2014, the company employs more than 6900 drivers operating over 4200 vehicles. Businesses enjoy outsourcing all of their logistic complexities and transportation requirements to Ryder Integrated Logistics as a way to run their own businesses through a safe and financially lean process.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents individuals and families in semi-truck accidents. If you or a family member was injured in an accident involving a Ryder truck, we invite you to contact our office for a free consultation and review of your legal options.
SAFER Statistics for Ryder Fleet Trucks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the U.S. DOT maintains safety and fitness records on all trucking companies transporting goods and products throughout the United States. The SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Records) system compiles safety statistics and profiles on truckers and trucking businesses.
Within the last 24 months, drivers operating Ryder Integrated Logistics fleet trucks have been involved in 232 accidents. These crashes have involved 74 injuries and seven fatalities. In addition to maintaining the statistics, the Department of Transportation routinely inspects vehicles and drivers.
During the same period, 440 of the 4251 trucks managed by Ryder Integrated Logistics were taken out of service following an inspection. This statistic represents 10.4 percent of the total number of vehicles in the fleet. However, this number is approximately half of the 20.72 percent national average of all trucks removed from the roadways.
Also, DOT inspectors also removed 118 of the 6908 drivers working for Ryder Integrated Logistics, or 1.7 percent of all their truckers. This number is far less than the 5.51 percent average across the nation of drivers removed from their duties after inspection.
Possible Causes of Ryder Truck Crashes
The truck driving business often places heavy demands on drivers working on tight schedules and harsh delivery constraints. Attempting to get the load delivered on time can make drivers tense, irritable, tired and fatigued. As a result, many make dangerous driving decisions on the roadways, placing other motorists and their co-workers at risk.
Other factors often involved in serious truck accidents include driving while impaired (alcohol and drugs), mechanical failure due to defective parts (worn tires, failing brake pads), excessive speed, improper cargo loading, shifting cargo during transport, overweight vehicles and reckless driving.
Serious Injuries Sustained By People In Semi-Truck Crashes
Often, it is impossible for other motorists on the road to detect when a large commercial truck operator is negligent behind the wheel, or the vehicle is about to experience mechanical failure. Without the ability to avoid the large commercial vehicle, victims involved in a Ryder Integrated Logistics truck accident often sustain severe injuries and lifelong disabilities. Many of these injuries include:
- Burning or scarring
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injuries and head injuries
- Injuries to bones, neck, back, muscle, and joints
- Permanent disabilities
- Wrongful death
Sample Truck Accidents and Settlements Involving Ryder Trucks
$3,200,000 PENNSYLVANIA SETTLEMENT.
This lawsuit ended in compromise. It didn't start that way though. The case was brought by the estate of a deceased woman. She passed away in a New Haven truck accident. The suit targeted the truck driver. It also had complaints with his boss and the truck rental company. In the estate's view, each of them had a part in the crash. The victim was driving through rural country with her boyfriend. She had a young girl at home. The child looked to the mom for her sole support. At some point, the trucker lost control down a narrow, windy, country road. It flipped onto its side. The victim's car drove right into it. The boyfriend couldn't avoid the crash. Witnesses later stated she suffered greatly before passing away. Her leg was in pieces and the pain was unbearable. When she died, her child was left all alone. Representatives for the family decided to sue. Their approach at trial was novel. It employed video reenactments of the route. Plaintiffs also showed how tired and overworked the trucker was. This lent credence to the notion that the defendants were irresponsible and negligent. Also, more than most wrongful death cases, this suit played up the victim's pain before dying. Normally, these lawsuits focus on the effects and costs going forward. This suit did that too, but it also highlighted the pain she experienced. This meant a lot when calculating damages. All in all, the estate recovered the settlement number noted at the top. This included money for the child going forward.
$1,400,000 MISSOURI JURY AWARD.
This case highlights the different kinds of liability that truck companies face. This is true because they engage in varied lines of work. They don't just employ truckers to carry cargo. No, they also do other things. Here, they rented a truck to a man. He was hauling items across the Midwest. While on the road, he saw a school bus up ahead. He applied the brakes. They didn't work. He tried them again. Once more, the brakes failed him. His truck slammed into the back of the school bus. The collision caused a great scene. Authorities took him to the hospital. However, not much could be done. He passed away from his injuries. He was survived by a wife and kids. They brought lawsuits in a couple of states. One of the cases targeted Ryder. It said the business negligently rented the man a truck. It wasn't in good condition. For instance, the brakes didn't work properly. In their opinion, this directly caused the man's death. For that fact, they sought damages for costs, support, and grieving. This is a pretty straightforward wrongful death claim. Yet, the devil lies in the details. Trucking companies twist, turn, and burn facts to mangle the issues. That's why this case didn't settle. It went all the way to a jury. Once arguments were over, it came down on the side of the family. It awarded them $1.4 million. Note, much of that would be covered by insurance. Plus, there were suits in other states against different defendants. Those cases touched on different issues. Yet, they all stemmed from the same crash.
$2,800,000 MISSOURI JURY AWARD.
This crash affected this victim long after it occurred. It reminds us of the powerful impact accidents can have. Also, it shows you how the legal system can fill the void. Here, the plaintiff was travelling along Highway 13. In fact, he was riding atop his tractor. While doing that, a large Ryder vehicle approached him from behind. It crept up to speeds around 60 mph. The tractor couldn't really accelerate that much. The machines aren't built for that type of maneuvers. Yet, the Ryder vehicle get up its speed. Eventually, it rear-ended the man. The bump sent him off the tractor. He fell onto the ground. He suffered burns, scratches, and even spinal injury. The total damage greatly injured him. He couldn't run his farm the way he used to. Also, he felt a lack of confidence and self-esteem. For these losses and others, he sued the company. His suit targeted the driver and Ryder with negligence. He argued both should have taken steps to avoid the incident. The defendant claimed many of his harms predated the crash. Further, it claimed his lost future earnings were exaggerated. In its defense, it stated he could return to work if he so chose. Unable to reach an agreement. The two tried their respective cases. At the end of the day, the jury found for the plaintiff. It awarded him $2.8 million. A fair amount of that was for interest.
TRAGIC TEXAS CRASH INVOLVING RYDER TRUCK.
Here, Good Samaritans were not rewarded. A couple and some other bystanders were out on a Texas road helping victims of an earlier crash. Out of nowhere, a Ryder truck smashed into them. The couple were recently engaged to be married. The bystanders were not related to them. Sadly, all died from these events and subsequent injuries. Relatives of the deceased brought a case against the driver and Ryder. The suit claims the two of them were negligent and responsible for the deaths. It seeks over $1 million in damages. Damages in wrongful death cases mirror but don't exactly overlay a negligence case. You get compensation for pain that victims felt prior to death. You can also get money for the expenses and costs from the event. This might include ER, hospital, funeral, burial, and similar things. Just like in negligence actions, you might also seek lost wages or property damage reimbursements. However, with wrongful death suits, relatives and spouses can make their own claims for loss. These might cover grieving, lost companionship, or similar sufferings. The plaintiffs here made these claims. That's why their ask in the complaint was so high. It's not out of the ordinary though for wrongful death cases from truck accidents.
Hiring an Attorney to Represent You for an Injury Claim Arising out of a Ryder Truck Accident
Because of the extensive injuries and wrongful death that occurs in a catastrophic Ryder Integrated Logistics truck accident, many victims face huge medical expenses, lost earnings from missed work, substantial damage to their vehicle, emotional and mental anguish, disfigurement, permanent disabilities, suffering, and pain. Often, their only course of action is to seek financial recompense by hiring a skilled attorney that specializes in large truck accidents.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to victims hurt in catastrophic trucking accidents. The highly seasoned trucking attorneys have years of experience in litigation and negotiation with national trucking companies and their insurers. They accept personal injury cases on contingency and are paid only after obtaining monetary compensation for their client. Contact the law firm at (888) 424-5757 for a free initial consultation to discuss the case.