Trucking companies travel across the U.S. on a daily basis, driving millions of miles annually. According to recent data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are now 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S. delivering 70% of the nation’s freight. Though the trucking industry is large—it generates $700 billion annually—the average company only makes about a nickel on every dollar earned. This makes long shifts understandable, though inexcusable.
Truck drivers are paid by the mile, compelling them to drive in unsafe conditions or skip legally-mandated sleep breaks to make ends meet. While drivers are required to keep log books of their breaks, forging their hours is relatively easy.
The Cost of Long Hours & Demanding Schedules
Unfortunately, when truck drivers cut corners or push themselves too hard, it is other drivers who pay the price. On average, about 5,000 people are killed in crashes involving commercial trucks every year. Of those killed, 98% are the drivers and passengers in the other vehicle. Many of these accidents are indirectly caused by employer expectations.
At Arnold & Itkin, our team of Houston truck accident attorneys have seen too many innocent lives claimed or damaged by the negligence of large trucking corporations. We’re here to help you. In just five years, we’ve obtained over $1 billion on behalf of our clients and are ready to represent you as well.
Have you been injured by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company? Contact us today for a free case evaluation!
The Three Most Unsafe Trucking Companies
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration collects information on truck collisions every year, including the companies who were involved.
We calculated the 3 most dangerous trucking companies by collisions per 10,000 miles. They are:
- Werner Enterprises .0056: Werner Enterprises had 960 collisions in a 2-year period in which it traveled 855 million miles, making its rate the most often by far.
- Swift Transportation .0045: Swift Transportation had a high overall collision number, with 1500 collisions in 2 years.
- U.S. Xpress .0046: U.S. Xpress had nearly the same number of collisions in the same period (1448), but it traveled nearly twice the distance.
Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for Justice on Your Behalf!
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or have lost a loved one to a tragic collision, you have the right to hold the trucking company accountable. Ultimately, companies are responsible for the safety of their drivers and trucks, but when no one holds them responsible, they continue unsafe practices. Arnold & Itkin can work to recover the compensation you need, while sending a clear message to trucking companies that we cannot tolerate unsafe behavior.
If you’ve been hurt by a negligent shipping company, you need experienced truck accident attorneys. Contact our firm!