US Xpress Truck Accident
Truck Accident Attorneys Representing People Seriously Injured in US Express Truck Accidents
An accident involving a commercial truck can cause significant damage and severe injuries due to the vehicle's size and weight, especially when the trailer is fully loaded. However, determining responsibility for causing crashes can be complicated, where liability may involve multiple defendants other than the truck driver.
The personal injury truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC represent injured victims suffering severe injury or surviving family members who lost a loved one through wrongful death.
Do you suspect a US Xpress truck driver's negligence caused your accident? Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation.
U.S. Xpress is an interstate trucking company operating out of Chattanooga, TN. As a leader in the trucking industry, the transporter employs just over 7,000 drivers and its vehicles travel roughly 616.6 million miles each year. The transporter hauls numerous forms of cargo, including hazardous materials, chemicals, and volatile liquids and gases.
Recently, U.S. Xpress became the parent company and affiliate to Total Transportation of Mississippi, a dry-van truckload transporter offering dedicated, expedited, and brokerage services.
The U.S. Xpress accident truck accident data is far from the worst considering some of its competitors, but it has been involved in more accidents in the last two years than the previous two-year period.
Whenever a company is found to be involved in more trucking accidents in recent history than in its past, it reveals the need to evaluate that company's policies and procedures to determine where it has fallen short.
US Xpress Concerns Include Increased Accidents and Hazmat Violations
Studies conducted in 2012 and 2015 of all violations and accidents occurring within two years of each study have helped establish trends and allow us to determine whether trucking companies are making the appropriate efforts to improve their safety records.
The US Xpress truck accident data suggests that it can make improvements in how it addresses vehicle maintenance and the transport of hazardous materials.
- In 2012, U.S. Xpress was subject to 7,057 tractor-trailer vehicle inspections, and 969 out of service violations were reported. The out of service rate was 13.7%.
- The 2015 study revealed 1,145 violations resulting from 7,575 inspections and a safety violations rate rose to 15.1%, suggesting that US Xpress may be cutting corners in the inspection and servicing of its vehicles. This statistic is concerning, considering that the transporter hauls volatile materials that can have damaging effects on the environment if spilled or released due to a US Xpress truck accident.
- The 2012 data also revealed that the company was cited for 42 out of service violations from a total of 908 hazmat vehicle inspections. The violation rate of 4.6% was higher than the national average. The 2015 report showed a slight improvement— 26 violations out of 746 inspections to comprise a violation rate of 3.5%.
- 583 accidents were recorded in the 2012 study and 189 of them resulted in injuries, which included 16 deaths. The 2015 study reflected an increase in crashes, but a reduction in the fatality rate. Of 749 accidents, 232 resulted in injuries, and 12 deaths were reported.
- The driver out of service rate improved from 2% in 2012 to 1.5% in 2015. Of 13,865 inspections in 2012, only 275 violations were recorded. 204 violations were reported with their trucks in 2015 resulting from 13,167 inspections.
Trucking Companies' Vehicle Service Rate and Inspection is an Industrywide Concern
US Xpress is not the only trucking company with questionable vehicle maintenance data. The national average for out-of-service violations during inspections is over 15%. The drivers often take the blame during trucking accidents and their employers are more than willing to leave them out to dry to minimize their liability.
If company policy or disregard for safety standards or laws directly impact the risk of being involved in a mishap, that business must be held accountable and required to provide compensation to the victims harmed in crashes operated by its employees.
While truck drivers are also liable for any involvement that they have in accidents, real change needs to come from the way that trucking companies inspect and maintain their vehicles and in the safety training that is offered to drivers before they are allowed to operate a semi-tractor.
US Xpress Truck Driver Accidents
Over the last decade, the size of a typical jury verdict over $1 million involving commercial truck accidents has risen significantly. Many jury verdicts are now surpassing $10 million paid to injured accident victims, increasing their annual insurance premium payments.
In response, many trucking companies are cutting costs caused by reducing their excessive insurance coverage, placing them at a higher risk of financial expense should their truckers be involved in crashes.
Data released by the National Safety Council reveal that over 5000 commercial vehicle fatalities occurred in 2019, a significant rise of 43% since 2010. Thousands of US Xpress crisscrosses the United States every day.
Fatal crash in August 2019 – A US Xpress trucker traveling in Peach County, GA, on Interstate 75 caused the crash when two tires blew off the trailer into an approaching vehicle driven by a thirty-one-year-old resident of Miami, Florida. The collision took the life of a 36-year-old woman. The trucker was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Recently, the victim's family members who were also traveling in the vehicle (two men and two women) filed a federal lawsuit against the cargo transporter, Progressive Insurance Carrier, and the truck driver, seeking damages. The tires detached from the truck, crossed the median, and struck the victim's car. She died at the crash scene.
Fatal crash in 2016 – In January 2017, jurors awarded $15 million to a deadly crash survivor that claimed the lives of five Georgia Southern University nursing students. The Shreveport, LA truck driver that worked for Total Transportation, a subsidiary of US Xpress, received a five-year prison sentence for the accident.
The accident occurred when the company's tractor-trailer crashed into the slow-moving traffic, passing by an unrelated accident. The fast-moving truck's forceful impact crushed two cars, killing the student nurses traveling to Statesboro to start their job at the Savannah Hospital at Georgia Southern University.
An investigation found that the trucker, driving on a class a CDL (commercial driver's license) never applied his brakes before colliding with traffic while traveling over 70 mph.
Those killed in the crash include Caitlyn Nicole Baggett, Emily Elizabeth Clark, Abbie Lorene DeLoach, Morgan Bass, and Catherine "McKay" Pittman. All the victims' families filed civil lawsuits. One of the families revealed that they had negotiated a $14 million settlement with the trucking company and their insurance carrier.
Data released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System revealed that Tennessee-based cargo transporters reported over 800 truck accidents with 25 fatalities involving tractor-trailers. Many of their "out of service" reports indicate problems with brakes, tires, and engines.
Legal Representation for People Injured in an Accident With a US Xpress Truck
The truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have helped hundreds of victims take on large trucking companies whose willful acts of negligence have resulted in traumatic injuries and loss of life.
Were you harmed, or was your loved one killed by a U.S. Xpress vehicle? You have probably been left with extensive bills and you may wonder what compensation you may be entitled to.
Our truck accident lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact of your injuries and can be your legal advocate to move forward with your life following the truck accident.
The compensation you might be entitled to receive will include the cost of your medical care, physical therapy, ongoing care, lost wages or loss of livelihood, out-of-pocket expenses, and your pain and suffering.
Contact us now at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation. We accept every personal injury case through contingency fee agreements to make sure you do not pay any upfront fees.
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