Those who have been hurt in an accident involving a semi truck are all-too-familiar with the mounting hospital and doctor’s bills, surgeries and other medical treatments, the long rehabilitation and recovery process, the lost work and lost wages and the depression and grief resulting from the collision.
Compounding this stressful, painful process, accident victims are also wondering how they can get the proper compensation from those responsible.
If you believe a trucking company is at fault in an accident, fears of expensive courtroom battles with high-priced lawyers only add to the stress and anxiety caused by the accident and resulting injuries. Rest assured, there are people on your side who are willing and able to help.
About U.S. Xpress Enterprises
U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. is the second-largest privately-owned truckload carrier in the nation. U.S. Xpress’ headquarters are located in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the company lists 1,000 to 5,000 employees on its LinkedIn page. The company is also affiliated with the Total Transportation and Xpress Internacional business names.
Could U.S. Xpress Be Held Responsible For Your Collision?
There are several reasons U.S. Xpress or a similar trucking company could be found negligent in a personal injury lawsuit. Grounds for negligence include:
- Failure by a U.S. Xpress driver to use proper caution when operating his or her truck and following all safety and highway laws and regulations
- Failure of the company’s mechanics to properly inspect or repair the truck, resulting in issues with the truck’s brakes, engine, wheels or steering system
- Failure by the company to ensure that all cargo and the trailer are properly secured to allow safe travel
- Carelessness by employees in moving cargo to and from the customer’s location
Negligence is the standard basis for finding fault in personal injury lawsuits. If you can prove that the company or driver was negligent, there is a good chance you can get compensation for your injuries.
Accidents Involving U.S. Xpress Trucks
The families of five Georgia Southern University nursing students filed wrongful death suits in Bryan County (Ga.) Superior Court and Georgia State Court in May 2015. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that Total Transportation of Mississippi, U.S. Xpress and driver John Wayne Johnson were named as defendants in the wrongful death suit. One accident survivor also sued the trucking companies.
According to the article, the victims’ families alleged that Johnson was traveling about 70 miles per hour when he suddenly encountered traffic that was stopped to allow authorities to clear an earlier accident. Johnson was accused of rear-ending a vehicle occupied by three of the students. Their car then hit the second car carrying the other students.
Preparing Your Personal Injury Claim
If you have been in an accident involving a U.S. Xpress truck and believe you have a personal injury claim, you can prepare for your case by following a few information-gathering steps, including:
- Take detailed notes as soon as possible after your collision. Record everything you and other witnesses can recall about the vehicles involved, the time of day, the weather and road conditions and, if available, the health and state of mind of all drivers involved
- Gather as many details as possible about any and all injuries suffered, no matter how small
- Collect details of all hospital and doctor visits, medical bills, lost work time and lost wages resulting from the accident
- If you can, get statements from your doctors stating the extent of your injuries and linking those injuries to the collision
- In addition to taking notes, take photographs of the accident scene, as well as pictures of the road and/or intersection in which the accident occurred, any damage to the vehicles involved and any property damaged in the area of the accident, including road signs, guardrails, sidewalks and pavement.
If you feel you do have a personal injury claim against a trucking company, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be the most important weapon you have in your battle for proper compensation for injuries and loss arising from an accident.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against US Xpress Enterprises, you may not be entitled to any compensation.