Swift Transportation Company Truck Accident Attorneys
Carl and Betty Moyes founded B & C Truck Leasing in Plain City, Utah, in the 1950s that would eventually become Phoenix Arizona-based Common Market and finally Swift Transportation Company. In 1966, the company transported imported steel from Los Angeles to Phoenix with return loads back to Southern California carrying cotton.
The family, including Carl and Betty's two sons, and partner Randy Knight, purchased the Swift & Company's trucking assets from the Swift Meat Packing Co. in the mid-1980s. A few years later, Randy sold his shares and co-founded Knight Transportation, another major trucking company in North America. In 1988, the company purchased Cooper Motor Lines based in Greenville, South Carolina.
By 1990, the Swift company operated more than 800 semi-tractor-trailers and became a publicly-traded entity (SWFT) on NASDAQ. The next year, Swift purchased Arthur H Fulton, Inc. Trucking Company, based in Stephens City, Virginia. In 2018, Swift Transportation Company generated a gross annual revenue of $3,344,000,000. The more than 20,500 drivers operate over 15,893 trucks crisscrossing North America on the major interstate system.
Current contact information for the company includes:
Swift Transportation Company, Inc.
2200 S. 75th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85043
(800) 800-2200 (toll-free)
(623) 907-7464 (fax)
Website Address: https://www.swifttrans.com/
Swift Transportation is primarily an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning the company delivers mixed freight. This type of trucking is opposite a Truckload (LT) carrier that delivers truckloads containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. Swift also provides dedicated services, dry van delivery, flatbed, heavy haul, logistics, intermodal, refrigerated, and equipment leasing, and sales services.
Swift Transportation Company Accidents Involving Injuries and Fatalities
Truck accidents are typically more catastrophic than crashes involving only passenger cars, due to the commercial vehicle's weight and size. While passenger cars usually weigh approximately 4000 pounds, a semi-tractor-trailer can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds or more. The results are often devastating, leaving victims injured in the accident suffering terrible injuries or wrongful death. A small sampling of Swift Transportation Company accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on October 25, 2019 - The San Bernardino City Police Department reported a deadly two-vehicle accident on W. 5th St just west of Garner Street, in San Bernardino, California. The accident involved a Swiss Transportation semi-tractor-trailer and another vehicle at night on a dry road surface that ended with three fatalities.
- Fatal Accident on September 20, 2019 - The Utah Highway Patrol reported a deadly two-vehicle accident, including a Swift Transportation truck trailer (bobtail) flatbed on Interstate 15 in Elwood, Utah. The accident occurring on a rainy night ended with one injury in one fatality.
- Accident on November 5, 2019 - The Downey City Police Department reported a two-vehicle accident occurring on Paramount Blvd. in Downey, CA. The report indicates that a Swift Transportation semi-tractor-trailer collided with another motor vehicle during daylight hours. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on November 21, 2019 - The Georgia State Police reported a two-vehicle accident on an undivided two-way road (Georgia 22) one mile east of Brooking Circle, in Georgia, which resulted in 2 injuries.
- Collision on December 30, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 95 (southbound) during rainy conditions, resulting in 3 injuries.
- Accident on December 17, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a two-vehicle crash with a semi-tractor-trailer owned and operated by Swift Transportation on Route 460 in Virginia. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on December 4, 2019 - The Hitchcock Police Department reported a three-vehicle crash in Hitchcock, Texas, involving a company-owned truck that resulted in one injury.
- Accident on November 28, 2019 - The Oregon State Police reported a one-vehicle after the Swift Transportation semi-tractor-trailer ran off the road and rolled over after crossing the center median. The incident resulted in one injury.
- Fatal Accident on February 10, 2019 - The Texas Department of Public Safety Reported a Deadly nighttime two-vehicle collision in Texas. The accident occurred on an undivided two-way road involving a Swift Transportation semi-tractor-trailer, ending with two injuries and one fatality.
Common Causes of Semi-truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics reveal that accidents involving large commercial and vehicles in America involve:
- Improper Truck Maneuvering - Many commercial vehicle accidents are the result of the trucker traveling too fast, changing lanes too quickly, or turning too sharply based on the current road conditions.
- Distracted Driving - Any distraction like speaking on a smartphone or sending text messages is prohibited by law and creates a dangerous scenario for everyone sharing the roadway.
- Vehicle Malfunction - All motor carriers and commercial truck drivers are obligated to maintain their vehicles. When they don't, catastrophic accidents happen, leaving the company legally liable for any damage, loss of life, or severe injury that occurs.
- Driving under the Influence - Operating a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can create a dangerous situation for everyone sharing the roadway.
- Aggressive Behavior - Any driver operating their vehicle aggressively could cause severe injury or wrongful death of an innocent passenger or other motorists.
- Drowsy Driving - The demands of truck driving often requires the truck or to operate their vehicle for many hours without taking a break, which can lead to drowsy driving.
Many times, the semi-truck driver has the accident due to erratic movements or because they were driving distracted or while fatigued. In these cases, attorneys working on behalf of their clients can obtain monetary recovery because they were able to prove to the claim's adjuster or jury that the trucker and trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the road.
Financial Remedy for a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death-Related to a Truck Crash
Every victim injured by a commercial van, truck, or semi-tractor-trailer has the legal right to file a lawsuit or claim seeking financial damages from every party at fault. However, the victim must follow Illinois tort laws to build and present a case for compensation. Often, the process is complicated. Usually, the injured victim can file a lawsuit and litigate their case in court or file a claim and negotiate with the insurance company directly to ensure that all responsible parties at fault for the accident pay damages.
Filing a truck accident claim is the first legal remedy available to injured victims to ensure they can receive financial compensation for their damages, including:
- Ongoing medical bills and hospital costs
- Loss of past, current, and future earnings due to a permanent or temporary disability
- Rental car costs while your car is under repair
- The cost of a vehicle replacement
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- 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 legal firm will represent your family's behalf in developing a healthy strategy to fight back against the commercial trucking company that wants to avoid legal responsibility (at fault) for causing your severe accident that resulted in injury or death.
Call our network of affiliate attorneys now at (888) 424-5757. Our legal team can begin working on your case today. We accept all cases through a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement will ensure that your family will not pay anything until after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement or have won your case at trial.