Yellow Freight System traces its roots to 1924, in Oklahoma City, with the start of the Yellow Cab Transit Company. Six years later, in 1930, the Roadway Express trucking system was founded in Akron Ohio, offering cargo transportation and delivery in the local area. By 1997, the two companies merged, and by 2012, joined the names of the companies together to form Yellow Roadway Corporation or YRC, Inc.
To date, the Yellow Freight System, under the moniker YRC, Inc. operates over 4900 large commercial trucks including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, flatbeds, 18-wheelers and cargo van trucks. Over 7,300 drivers operate the vehicles across North America. The company takes a positive environmental sustainability approach to doing business and participates in a variety of programs to protect and preserve the environment. They aggressively promote the prevention of pollution, waste reduction, and natural resources conservation in their daily operations.
Were You or a Loved One Involved in a Yellow Freight System Crash Involving an Accident or Fatality?
Truckers operate the Yellow Freight System fleet over millions of miles across Canada and the United States every year. As a result, many of the drivers have experienced a Yellow Freight System trucking collision, involving injuries and fatalities.
The statistics held by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reveal that the Yellow Freight System fleet has been involved in 525 accidents in the 24 months before February 2014. Out of the total number of collisions, the data indicates that there were 172 injuries as a result of the crashes, along with 22 fatalities.
In addition to maintaining records of the company’s statistics, the Department of Transportation continually inspects drivers and vehicles of all trucking companies. Within the same time frame, the DOT removed from service 878 of the 4,918 vehicles managed by Yellow Freight System. This number represents 17.9 percent of the total number of commercial trucks in the fleet, which is just slightly less than the national average of 20.72 percent.
Additionally, inspectors removed 73 of the 7,353 drivers that worked for the company or one percent of the total number of truckers on the Yellow Freight system staff. This number represents about one-fifth of the 5.51 percent national average of drivers relieved of their duties after an inspection.
Reasons That May Account For An Accident Involving A Yellow Freight Truck
Due to the many miles that are driven every year by truck drivers, along with massive time-constraints and commitments for on-time delivery, truckers often become fatigued and make bad decisions while on the road. Other times, accidents are the result of truck part defects including bad tires, worn brake pads, broken axles, and safety truck parts. Other significant reasons for serious truck accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Anytime the trucker is distracted by talking on the phone, texting others or conversing with passengers, the potential of being involved in an accident is substantially increased.
- Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Cargo – Overloading cargo on the trailer, or loading it improperly, can cause significant issues during transport. Overloaded trucks require more distance to stop. Incorrectly loaded cargo can easily shift during transport, causing considerable maneuverability problems, which could lead to a rollover.
- Driving Too Fast – Many loaded cargo trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. When driving too fast, the trucker can quickly lose control of the vehicle, making it difficult to stop or maneuver out of harm’s way. Victims of a large truck accident involving excessive speed tend to cause catastrophic injury or death.
- Negligent Driving – Driving recklessly, changing lanes erratically or failing to obey the rules of the road can increase the risk of serious injuries caused by a catastrophic large commercial truck accident.
Legal Remedies For People Injured In An Accident With A Yellow Freight Truck
Victims involved in a Yellow Freight system truck accident often require the skills of an experienced attorney to file a claim for financial compensation. This is because insurance carriers holding the policies for trucking companies often deny or delay recompense to big truck accident victims.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 specialize in accident cases involving large commercial trucks. Our attorneys fight aggressively on behalf of our clients to obtain restitution for extensive medical bills, lost earnings, vehicle damage, disabilities, disfigurement, injuries, pain, and suffering. The law firm offers a no-obligation initial consultation to discuss the merits of the case, and work on a contingency basis. There are no upfront fees, and our attorneys are paid only after obtaining compensation for the victim. Contact us today!