Every day, people have their lives turned upside down because they’re victims in a wreck involving a semi-truck. Resulting injuries can change your life or the life of your family, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Here’s what you need to know about these catastrophic wrecks.
Trucking Industry Profile: J.B. Hunt Transport Services
J.B. Hunt Transport Services is more commonly known as J.B. Hunt. Their headquarters are located in Lowell, Arkansas. They are one of the largest and most well-known trucking companies in the United States. J.B. Hunt has more than 16,000 employees.
Primarily, they drive supply chain goods in the US, Mexico, and Canada. They also occasionally partner with other companies in an effort to deliver third party goods for their clients.
Defining Personal Injury
Personal injury is part of civil law. That means that it is not a criminal act. Personal injury claims must meet a certain set of elements, and they must be filed before the statute of limitations has expired. If you have an accident that meets the following criteria, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if you can file a claim.
- A duty is owed. Truckers, such as those employed by J.B. Hunt, have the responsibility to obey all speed limits posted for trucks. On many highways, it is usually 10 to 20 mph slower than passenger vehicles. If the speed limit is different, it is posted with the other speed limit signs.
- The duty must be breached. Breached means broken. An example would be if there is a posted speed limit for trucks at night that says 50 mph, and the J.B. Hunt driver is doing 65 mph at night because he or she doesn’t want to be late on a delivery, that would be a breach of the duty.
The breach of duty must cause an actual injury. Because if there’s no injury, there’s no personal injury claim. If the J.B. Hunt driver is speeding at night, it is harder to stop the vehicle than it usually is (and even at the posted speed limit, it’s much harder to suddenly stop a semi-truck than a personal vehicle).
So, if the driver can’t stop to avoid a collision, that would be an actual injury that was caused at least partially by the fact that the driver of the truck was speeding.
- The claim must meet the "but-for" test. But for the fact that the J.B. Hunt driver was speeding, he or she would have been able to stop and avoid causing the wreck.
Schmidt et. al., V. Derenia, J.B. Hunt, et. al.
According to the Ohio Court of Appeals, in 2001, Ms. Derenia was a truck driver for J.B. Hunt. Leaking diesel from her truck resulted in the death of Warren Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt was driving his motorcycle. Ms. Derenia switched lanes when her truck was struck by debris. This punctured the tank on her truck and resulted in the leak.
A few minutes later, Mr. Schmidt hit the spill and was killed as a result of his motorcycle hitting the guardrail. The trial court granted the wife of the deceased more than $5 million.
Protect Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you love was affected because of a wreck involving a semi-truck, you need the help of a personal injury attorney who has a proven track record of experience with truck accidents.
You have legal rights that must be protected. Don’t leave your future in the hands of the insurance company. Protect your legal rights. Contact a personal injury attorney today.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against J.B. Hunt Transport Services, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.