Schneider National Truck Accident
Trial Lawyers Committed to Assisting People Seriously Injured in Collisions With Schneider Trucks
Schneider National Carriers, Inc. is a leading provider of cargo shipments and logistics services. The company offers an extensive portfolio of trucking solutions including van truckloads, regional deliveries, dedicated services, bulk transport, intermodal services, logistics, and supply chain management.
In business for over 78 years, Schneider maintains its headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. With annual revenues of over $3 billion, company services extend all throughout North America and to many global destinations. With close proximity to Chicago, Schneider National regularly uses Illinois roads and highways.
As leaders in trucking accident cases, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to providing the most aggressive representation for people injured in crashes with semi-trucks. If you or a loved one were injured in a collision with a truck from the company, contact our office today for a free review of your case with an experienced attorney.
Contact information for Schneider National Carriers Inc, Green Bay Wisconsin:
3101 South Packerland Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54306
Website Address: https://schneider.com/
Schneider National Truck Accident Cases, Drivers & Fleet Size
The company employs over 16,000 drivers operating more than 9,200 large commercial trucks across Canada and the United States. Truckers for the company in northern America travel millions of miles every year.
Much of the travel is on freeways, highways, toll roads, main thoroughfares, and side roads in the rural countryside and major cities including the Chicago Metropolitan area.
Statistics from early 2014 by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) state that routine inspections by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have necessitated the removal of 1190 vehicles from Schneider's fleet of 9,262 trucks in the previous 24 months. Also, 122 of the 16,047 drivers have been let go during the same time.
These numbers represent 12.8 percent of the total number of Schneider's vehicles removed from service, as compared to 20.72 percent of the national average. The statistics also indicate that 0.8 percent of the total number of drivers (122 out of 16,047) removed is much lower than the national average of 5.51 percent.
Serious Commercial Truck Accidents
Like all large commercial trucking companies, this company has been involved in catastrophic trucking accidents. In the 24 months before February 2014, many company truck drivers were involved in a Schneider trucking accident. Of the 875 total collisions on record, there were 258 injured victims, along with 22 fatalities.
Unfortunately, because of the sheer weight and size of large commercial vehicles, including those operated by Schneider, any truck accident with a passenger vehicle can have a devastating outcome. Commercial vehicles including 18-wheelers, semi-tractor-trailers, and cargo vans weigh tens of thousands of pounds.
Through reckless action including dangerous driving, road hazards, or poorly maintained vehicles, even a simple collision can cause a life-threatening injury or instant death.
Collisions Involving Schneider National Trucks
Schneider National Carriers Inc is one of the trucking companies known for operating their vehicles in a very safe manner, and keeping their trucking fleet well maintained.
Even so, many of their tractor trailer truck drivers work on extremely demanding schedules, with tight constraints for delivering cargo all across the nation.
These demands for getting the freight transported on time often cause the trucker to make poor driving decisions. Other times, maintenance crews, mechanics, dispatchers, and management are negligent in their actions, which causes the accident.
The most common causes of a Schneider National truck accident involved:
- Driving While Fatigued – Truckers who drive the legal "hours of service" every day can become overly tired or fatigued, which often leads to an increased potential of a devastating accident caused by dangerous driving decisions.
- Driving While Distracted – A trucker can become easily distracted by texting, talking on a smartphone, checking locations on a GPS device, speaking to passengers, or becoming listless behind the wheel.
- Truck driver fitness violations – The trucker might have violated fitness regulations by not understanding English, driving without a commercial driver's license, using an expired medical examiner's certificate, or not having a medical card in their possession.
- Truck driving violations – These violations might involve exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles an hour over the posted limits, making erratic or improper lane changes, or following too close behind.
- Improperly Trained Drivers – Without proper training, drivers are often inexperienced at making instant decisions or reacting to an unexpected event on the roadway.
- Vehicle maintenance violations – Often, commercial vehicles have mechanical failures from defective tires, axles, braking systems, brake pads, and other components on the truck. Without routine maintenance, the vehicle can break down or blow a tire, leading to an accident with other motorists. Mechanical failures are one of the leading causes of truck crashes.
- Truck driver service violations – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires every truck driver to follow hours of service rules and records of duty status to identify any driver service violation automatically.
- Improperly Loaded Cargo – When cargo is not loaded correctly, truck movement can cause the entire load to shift while being transported, or cause the commercial truck to become difficult to maneuver or stop.
Sample Settlements and Verdicts for Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Schneider Trucks
$8,300,000 Illinois Award
On a stormy night in Joliet, Illinois, a woman drove her children home – one ten years old and the other 18. She drove up to an intersection with a malfunctioning stop light. A police officer was guiding traffic.
The woman obeyed the stop direction before proceeding into the intersection, where she was broadsided by a Schneider truck. The truck crash sent her vehicle across the road, causing her life-threatening injuries. Her children were not harmed.
The female driver succumbed to her injuries. Years later, her two children and other relatives filed a civil lawsuit in Will County against Snyder National and Joliet, claiming both defendants' negligence led to the family member's death and the children's damages.
The judge eventually dismissed the case against the city. Lawyers representing Sschneider National attempted to show the female driver had been intoxicated at the time of the accident, implying partial blame.
The plaintiffs responded to Schneider's allegations that the truck driver's mistakes superseded the driver's negligence, causing the car accident. The juror's cited the plaintiff's awarding them $8.3 million.
The award was directed to the decedent's children and the relatives listed as plaintiffs providing compensation from crash-related expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain, suffering, grief, and funeral/burial costs.
The award provided financial support for the two children to compensate for the loss of their mother.
$36,500,000 California Award
Two married victims from India who were traveling in America to attend a reunion party were driving their Camry on Highway 10 when a Schneider semi-truck approached, attempting to pass their vehicle on the side.
The Schneider truck driver accelerated and swung into their lane, hitting the Camry on the side and forcing the vehicle across three lanes of traffic, resting in a ditch. The female Camry passenger suffered a spinal fracture at the C5 point, causing paralysis. Her loved one suffered less severe injuries.
The family faced extensive medical bills and filed a civil lawsuit against Schneider National. At trial, the injured parties (plaintiffs) sought damages against Schneider, citing their damages including trauma, pain, and medical costs.
The plaintiffs claim that the female passenger would need constant care for the remainder of her life due to her permanent disability that changed their quality of life and relationship.
In response, the trucking company attempted to blame the Camry driver (husband), critiquing whether the woman's medical bills were as high as claimed. The jurors sided with the plaintiffs (injured parties), awarding a staggering verdict of $36,500,000. The truck accident compensation included:
- Past/Future Medical: $5,286,263.
- Past/Future Suffering: $30,000,000.
- Lost Consortium: $1,000,000.
- Lost Earnings: $98,917.
- Lost Household Services: $97,425.
$695,000 Missouri Award
A Snyder semi-truck quickly cut into the lane of a man driving his RV on a Missouri highway before darting into his lane. However, the truck driver's movement blocked the RV driver's visibility to see a state van ahead.
The trucker's actions made the truck accident unavoidable leaving an RV passenger severely wounded. Emergency medical technicians transferred the female passenger to the emergency room, battling her injuries for many months before dying.
The woman's estate (plaintiff) reached a privately negotiated settlement with Schneider National. The truck accident left the man driving his RV severely injured.
In response, the RV dryer filed a personal injury lawsuit against Schneider National and the state of Missouri, claiming that their negligence caused his injuries. The trucking company responded that the plaintiff was clearly at fault.
The state of Missouri employed a more successful defense claiming that an arcane rule requiring truck operators to use the road shoulders did not lead to the plaintiff's harm, placing sole responsibility on the trucking company.
Jurors awarded the plaintiff significantly less than average with a $695,000 verdict.
$1,012,000 Illinois Settlement
A Schneider National truck struck a seventy-five-year-old woman walking around a building in the quiet town of Park Forest, Illinois, when the trucker was exiting Sears.
The trucker had just made a delivery before the truck accident occurred. The woman's severe injuries led to her death.
Several of her surviving children filed a civil claim against Schneider National, citing wrongful death caused by the trucking company's negligence. The plaintiffs (decedent's children) sued for extensive financial and emotional damages.
Schneider resolved the wrongful death lawsuit outside of court due to the uncertainty of a jury's verdict. The negotiated settlement resulted in $1,012,000 to compensate the victims for medical expenses, hospitalization costs, funeral & burial expenses, pain, suffering, grief, and emotional trauma.
Legal Representation for Individuals & Families Involved in a Crash With a Schneider Truck
Victims of serious large commercial truck accidents suffering injuries or death are often denied monetary compensation. As a result, the victim will hire personal injury attorneys specializing in truck collisions.
These semi-truck collision lawyers handle claims on behalf of their clients and provide years of litigation and negotiation experience to obtain financial recompense. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have years of experience handling reckless driving cases.
Contact us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) for a free consultation and case evaluation to discuss the details of the truck accident involving a commercial vehicle. Our skilled attorneys assist clients in securing equitable restitution for the injuries, damages, pain, and suffering the victim has endured.
Our law firm accepts all personal injury cases through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement postpones any payment of upfront fees until after we have secured financial compensation on your behalf.
Our accident claim lawyers create an attorney-client relationship to provide confidentiality when discussing private information during a case evaluation.