Accidents between a passenger vehicle and a semi-trailer can totally ruin your life. They can result in permanent, severe injuries, wrongful death, on-going need of medical care, time away from your job, and they can even affect your family. Wrecks involving semi-trailers fall into an area of law known as personal injury. In this article, we’ll explore personal injury and some scenarios involving a trucking company. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, you have the right to talk with an attorney that can help you decide if you have a claim for personal injury.
ArcBest Corporation is a trucking and logistics company that is headquartered in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. They own several subsidiaries including ABF, and employ more than 13,000 drivers. Because ArchBest owns so many subsidiaries, they move multiple types of freight. For instance, ABF primarily moves household goods. Other divisions carry goods that you find in your local store.
How Is Fault Determined?
When someone is in a wreck, the first question that people want to know is who is at fault? Who was the cause of the wreck? In a wreck with a big rig, this question is very important. In the simplest terms, fault is who caused the wreck. However, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes, there are factors that contributed by both parties that ended up causing the wreck. In many states, the actions of everyone in the wreck are examined to determine the percentage of fault for each party. This is known as comparative or contributory fault.
For instance, if the speed limit on the local highway for big rigs is 55 mph, and a driver for ArcBest or one of its subsidiaries was traveling 65 mph, they have made it even harder for them to stop their vehicle to avoid a wreck. This could mean that even if the other driver was partially responsible, ArcBest could be deemed more responsible because they were speeding. As a professional, the driver should know and understand the importance of abiding by the speed limit set for vehicles of that size.
Breeden V. ABF, et. al.
According to FindLaw.com, in the mid 90s, Bobby Joe and Doris Breeden were involved in a wreck with an ABF semi in Western Oklahoma. Mr. Breeden slowed down to make a left hand turn and the ABF truck veered onto the shoulder to try and avoid hitting the plaintiff’s vehicle. However, the driver still collided with the Breeden’s vehicle. It was found that the driver of the ABF truck did not properly check the road to determine if it was safe to accelerate. Ultimately, the Breeden received a little more than a half million dollars as compensation awarded by the court.
Get Legal Help
If you’ve been involved in a wreck with an Arcbest vehicle or with any of their subsidiaries, you need expert legal help. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Don’t talk to the insurance company on your own! Make sure your legal rights are protected by immediately contacting a personal injury attorney.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against ArcBest Corporation, you may not be entitled to any compensation.