United Van Lines was founded as Return Loads Service, Inc. in 1928, in Cleveland Ohio. Its original business focused on return cargo shipments for other independent moving companies that were transporting goods between cities. As other moving companies providing the same services appeared across the nation, the Cleveland-based company adopted “United Van Service” as their new name.
When it comes to accidents involving United Van Lines trucks, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to providing the most effective representation for people injured in these accidents. Our law firm is experienced in handling serious truck crash cases and is ready to help you. Contact our office for a free review of your case and legal options.
The Birth of a National Moving Company
The company struggled through the depression and by 1933, dissolved United Van Service. Soon afterwards, the original owners incorporated a new entity called United Van Lines, and moved their headquarters in 1941 to St. Louis, Missouri. Today, the company holds the leading moving van lines market share generating billions in revenue every year.
As of February 2014, United Van Lines controls 3243 moving trucks, and 5539 drivers. The company’s primary business is focused on transporting residential household goods and commercial/office goods across northern America.High Accident Rates Involving United Van Lines Trucks
Unfortunately, due to the heavy miles traveled each year by its thousands of trucks, many drivers working for the company have been involved in a United Van Lines truck accident. Within the last 24 months, the company and drivers have been involved in 116 collisions with victims suffering 26 injuries, and a single fatality.
As a way to maximize safety on the nation’s highways, the U.S. DOT through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) performs routine inspections on vehicles and drivers. Out of the total number of trucks in the United Van Lines’ fleet, 430 out of the over 3200 have been removed from service after inspection. In addition, 219 of the more than 5500 drivers have also been removed from driving the nation’s roads.
These numbers represent lower than national averages. In fact, the 430 vehicles removed from service represent 13.3 percent of the total fleet, compared the national average of 20.72 percent. In addition, only four percent of all of their drivers (219 out of 5539) no longer operate United Van Lines trucks, compared to 5.51 percent of the national average of truckers taken off the roadway during the same period.Severe Accident Causes Associated With United Van Lines Collisions
While United Van Lines is recognized for their safe driving, and well-maintained vehicle fleet, accidents still occur. The company’s moving van drivers are often subjected to demanding constraints, where pickup and deliveries are held to a tight schedule. This often produces extended workdays, were many drivers and crews work long hours loading/unloading cargo and driving within the regulated “hours of service.” Drivers easily become stressed, tired and fatigued, leading to catastrophic accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. Other causes of severe accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Moving van truckers can easily become distracted driving the very large rig on side roads, roadways and highways. Distractions can come from passengers in the cab, texting, talking on the phone or eating behind the wheel.
- Improperly Loaded Cargo – It is essential to load the truck properly, to avoid shifting cargo during the transport and position heavier items evenly across the entire load. Shifting loads can make it more difficult to stop a large truck on downhill slopes, or handle safe maneuvering on winding roads or when changing lanes.
- Improper Driving Habits – Truckers that fail to obey traffic rules, perform erratic lane changes, turn without signaling, or pass inappropriately can cause serious accidents.
- Driving Too Fast – Speeding on the road in a truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds can make it nearly impossible to stop in time when required. In addition, excessive speed makes the truck unmanageable, where the driver can easily lose control.
Commercial moving company accidents are often the result of hidden violations or inadequate training where the motor carrier neglected to follow safety rules. As a result, delayed maintenance, defective parts, improper repair, negligent driving and inadequate supervision can cause accidents involving serious injuries. Often times, victims will hire a United Van Lines truck accident attorney to handle a claim for financial recompense.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been highly successful in obtaining large financial awards and out-of-court settlements on behalf of their clients suffering injuries in a moving truck accident. The attorneys handle all personal injury cases on contingency, meaning clients filing a claim or lawsuit are only charged attorney fees when the law firm is successful in obtaining monetary compensation for the victim. Contact us at (888) 424-5757 for a free initial consultation.