Swift Transportation trucking accidents can have catastrophic consequences, leaving victims with severe injuries, mounting medical bills, and emotional trauma. These accidents involve large, heavy vehicles, and the aftermath can be overwhelming. At Kash Legal, we understand the complexities and challenges that come with these cases, and we’re here to help. In this discussion, we’ll delve into the world of Swift Transportation trucking accidents, exploring the causes, consequences, and the crucial role of legal representation in securing the compensation and justice you deserve. Let us be your advocates, guiding you through the legal process and fighting tirelessly on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.
Swift Transportation Trucking Accidents
Knight-Swift Transportation is an Arizona-based company with a fleet of more than 23,000 trucks. With this capacity, the company raked in a whopping $5.34 billion in revenue in 2018. All these trucks make Swift trucks a regular sighting on highways throughout the United States. Knight-Swift Transportation has been involved in 191 crashes over the past two years.
You would think such an established common carrier company would be more diligent in preventing accidents, but it is unavoidable at the company’s scale. The more miles driven, the more likely an accident is to occur. However, other factors play into this company’s downside. Swift Transportation tends to hire many more “first-time” drivers than other trucking companies. They hire inexperienced drivers because new drivers make less money and are thus less expensive for an employer. Driver inexperience plays a significant role in trucking accidents, as some of these vehicles tend to be overly complex to operate.
The Impact of Swift Transportation Accidents
As unfortunate as it is to say, trucking accidents have increased value when in regard to personal injury claims. This tends to boil down to one explanation: physics. Since trucks are much larger than most other road vehicles, accidents tend to be more severe and sometimes fatal. Trucks traveling at highway speeds carry an immense momentum that can lead to ordinary passenger vehicles being crushed or damaged severely.
In addition, jurors tend to be more generous to underdogs. So when the run-of-the-mill driver is in an accident with a significant corporation and their negligent employees, these corporations know the risk of going to litigation. Which, in turn, pressures them into valuing a claim higher and wanting to settle earlier rather than later.
Swift prefers to hire many drivers who have recently graduated from driving school, and the majority of its drivers are direct employees. Like many other large transportation companies, Swift Transportation utilizes independent contractors when necessary to cover vacancies in specific positions. This can significantly impact personal injury claims and litigation involving Swift Transportation, as Swift may not be directly liable in situations involving independent contractors, or it may be much more challenging to establish the company’s liability.
Limits of coverage for significant claims will depend on who is or is not found legally liable. It is essential to have a personal injury attorney with the necessary expertise to pursue all possible means of recovery.
Even though trucking accidents are technically traffic accidents, when claiming injuries against Swift Transportation and other large trucking companies, there will be crucial information that needs to be gathered that is not generally thought of in a regular case. That is because trucking companies have to abide by special state and federal regulations unique to them. These regulations include detailed training, testing, and discipline records for employees, along with data such as how long they spend on the road, breaks, and sleep time records. Trucks are also equipped with digital recorders that track long-term and short-term statistics that shed light on information regarding the accident—having an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how, where, and when to secure this critical information about drivers and trucks.
Swift Transportation Accident? Here’s What to Do
There are some obvious things to do after a severe car accident, like calling the cops and getting medical help for those who were hurt. It’s essential to stay cool at an accident scene and watch out for other cars, especially if they are still on the road nearby.
If it is safe and possible, leave the cars where they stopped until officials tell you to move them. It is also helpful, but only if it is safe to do so, to take pictures of the damage to the cars and the places where they came to rest.
Make sure to talk to the police officers looking into the accident and give them a statement about how it happened. At the same time, try not to talk about it with the drivers of the other cars. At the right time, it’s best to let the facts and proof speak for themselves.
You can give the other drivers your ID and insurance details directly or through the police officers.
If you or a family member are hurt in an accident with a Swift Transportation truck, you should get help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. As we’ve already said, personal injury claims from truck accidents are often much more complicated and hard to settle than claims from other types of car accidents.
Contact Kash Legal
At Kash Legal, our experienced team of attorneys specializes in handling personal injury claims arising from trucking accidents, including those involving Swift Transportation. We understand the complexities of these cases and are dedicated to securing the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, whether it’s Swift Transportation or any other service, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. Our legal experts are here to guide you through the process, advocate for your rights, and work diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re ready to stand by your side every step of the way.
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