Swift Transportation Truck Accident
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Assisting People Injured in Swift Transportation Truck Accidents
Crashing into fully loaded semi-tractor-trailers can leave drivers and passengers with horrific injuries. The sheer weight and size of commercial vehicles, like Swift transportation trucks, traveling the speed limit on the nation's highways often result in catastrophic accidents when the driver or other motorists violates traffic laws.
The personal injury and truck accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent families and individuals filing claims and lawsuits against cargo transport companies, like Swift. Many of these cases involve safety violations where the truck accidents could have been prevented had the truck drivers made an unexpected lane change, rear-ended passenger vehicles, or failed to see other vehicles in their blind spots.
Were you injured or did you lose a loved one in a Swift transportation truck accident? Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation.
Our truck accident attorneys accept all lawsuit cases through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need to pay any upfront costs.
The Humble Beginnings of a Desert Southwest Transportation Company
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 transporting products, goods, and grain. In 1988, the company purchased Cooper Motor Lines based in Greenville, South Carolina.
By 1990, the Swift Trucking Company became one of the largest transport companies in the United States, operating a fleet of 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 based in Stephens City, Virginia.
In 2018, Swift Trucking Company generated gross annual revenue of $3,344,000,000. The more than 20,500 truckers operate a fleet of 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 their truck drivers deliver mixed freight under various subsidiaries and trucking companies. 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
Trucking 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 seriously injured in the accident suffering terrible injuries or wrongful death. A small sampling of Swift Transportation Company accidents include:
- Fatal Crash on October 25, 2019 - The San Bernardino City Police Department reported a deadly two-vehicle collision on W. 5th St just west of Garner Street, in San Bernardino, California. The crash involved a Swiss Transportation semi-truck and another vehicle at night on a dry road surface that ended with three fatalities.
- Fatal Collision on September 20, 2019 - The Utah Highway Patrol reported a deadly two-vehicle collision, including a Swift Transportation trailer (bobtail) flatbed on Interstate 15 in Elwood, Utah. The crash occurred on a rainy night, resulting in one injury and one fatality.
- Accident on November 5, 2019 - The Downey City Police Department reported a two-vehicle collision occurring on Paramount Blvd. in Downey, CA. The report indicates that a Swift Transportation semi-truck collided with another motor vehicle during daylight hours. The crash resulted in an injury.
- Crash on November 21, 2019 - The Georgia State Police reported a two-vehicle collision on an undivided two-way road (Georgia 22) a 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.
- Collision on December 17, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a two-vehicle crash with a semi-truck owned and operated by Swift Transportation on Route 460 in Virginia. The accident resulted in an 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 an injury.
- Crash on November 28, 2019 - The Oregon State Police reported a single vehicle after the Swift Transportation semi-tractor-trailer ran off the road and rolled over after crossing the center median. One person was seriously injured.
- 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-truck, ending with two injuries and a fatality.
The number of truck accidents cases nationwide have risen significantly in recent years, as the demand for more goods has placed a harsh demand on the trucking industry, where many older truckers are retiring. Swift and other companies are challenged in finding experienced drivers looking for work.
The average age of new truck drivers recently out of driver training school has lowered significantly in the last few years, where truckers with less experience and an unproven track record are responsible for moving cargo under dangerous and hazardous conditions.
Trucking companies, including Swift transportation, must provide all existing and new drivers with proper training and supervision to avoid an accident with property damage, injuries, or fatality.
Common Causes of Trucking 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 truckers 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 harm.
- Driving under the Influence - Swift drivers operating a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can create a dangerous situation for everyone sharing the roadway.
- Failing to Follow Traffic Rules – All commercial carriers and truckers must follow their trucking company policies and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations
- Aggressive Behavior - Any driver operating their vehicle aggressively could cause severe or harm or wrongful death of an innocent passenger or another motorist.
- Drowsy Driving - The demands of a short-haul and long-haul tractor-trailer driver often require operating their vehicle for many hours without taking a break, which can lead to drowsy driving.
Many times, the semi-truck driver crashes due to erratic movements, or because they were driving distracted or while fatigued. In these types of crashes, 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 was cited for safety violations or has an extensive citation record.
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 person 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 pay damages.
Filing a truck accident claim against Swift and their drivers is the first legal remedy available to injured victims to ensure they can receive the financial compensation they deserve for their damages, including:
- Ongoing medical expenses 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
Truck Accident Attorneys, 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 vehicle claimed the life of your loved one to wrongful death or cause 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 injuries or death.
Call our network of affiliate attorneys now at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. Our legal team can begin working on your case today.
Our attorneys accept all truck accident 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.