J.B. Hunt Truck Accident Lawyer
For live statistics on the number of accidents and injuries associated with J. B. Hunt trucks, see the interactive map on our Safety Statistics page.
Why Do You Need a J.B. Hunt Accident Lawyer?
J.B. Hunt Transport is a national trucking company with over 18,000 vehicles in its fleet. Throughout the years, accidents involving J.B. Hunt truck drivers have led to serious and catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a J.B. Hunt truck accident, you deserve the skilled representation of Fried Goldberg.
Our Atlanta-based J.B. Hunt truck accident lawyers have focused their practice on large truck collisions. We have extensive experience in complex trucking law and use our vast knowledge to help our clients recover the maximum compensation possible. Call (877) 591-1801 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Originally in the rice hull business, Johnnie Bryan “J.B.” Hunt began this trucking company in 1961 near Little Rock, Arkansas with just five trucks and seven trailers. Today J.B. Hunt Transport has over 12,000 trucks and 120,000 employees operating throughout the U.S. and continental Canada and Mexico. They are still headquartered in Arkansas in the city of Lowell.
What Do You Do When a J.B. Hunt Truck Hits Your Car?
If a J.B. Hunt truck hits your car, taking specific steps is critical to protecting your claim.
1. Seek Medical Attention and Preserves Evidence
Regardless of whether you feel injured, it is critical to your well-being and case to seek immediate medical attention. It may hurt your claim if you leave the scene of an accident without adequate care and later discover your injuries to be more serious.
In addition, having a doctor assess your injuries creates vital medical documentation of your accident and bodily damage. Medical evidence is crucial to securing the settlement you deserve.
2. Never Sign or Agree to Anything Without Representation
You have the right to an attorney during all correspondence with an insurance adjuster and trucking company. If you are contacted prior to obtaining representation, you have the right to decline to speak.
3. Do Not Apologize or Admit Fault
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, it can be a natural urge to apologize even if you did nothing wrong. It is very important never to admit fault or apologize to law enforcement, the truck driver, or anyone at the scene or after. Determining fault is a major factor in truck accident claims.
Truck accident claims are governed by a unique set of complex rules, regulations, and laws. Having a Fried Goldberg attorney by your side can protect your right to full compensation.
What Is the Average Settlement in Truck Accident Cases Against J.B. Hunt?
There is no average settlement in truck accident cases against J.B. Hunt. Compensation can vary widely depending on the circumstances.
You may be entitled to recover the following damages:
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- Loss of future income
- Emotional distress damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages
The following are examples of some recent settlements and verdicts:
- $52 million: A teenager suffered a brain injury from a large commercial truck in Atlanta that ran a stop sign
- $31 million: An adult and two children were fatally injured when a tractor-trailer rear-ended their vehicle in North Carolina
- $20.25 million: A woman suffered multiple fractures that required numerous surgeries when a wheel came off a commercial truck and hit her car head-on.
At Fried Goldberg, we have a long track record of success. We have secured multi-million-dollar recoveries for truck accident victims in almost every state.
Why Are J.B. Hunt Accidents Settled at a Higher Value?
J.B. Hunt accidents are settled at a higher value due to the extensive damage commercial trucks cause in a collision. Large trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds fully loaded. The average passenger car may weigh as little as 3,500 pounds.
When a tractor-trailer hits a significantly smaller vehicle, the damage is catastrophic. In many cases, a large truck accident will prove fatal. If you have lost a loved one in a J.B. Hunt truck accident, our compassionate wrongful death attorneys can help you through this difficult time.
How Common are J.B. Hunt Truck Accidents?
J.B. Hunt truck accidents are common. J.B. Hunt Transport ranks among the top five trucking companies for fatal accidents.
In the last two years, the trucking company has been involved in:
- 51 fatal truck crashes
- 547 collisions caused serious injuries
Reasonably, large trucking companies should have a higher accident rate than their smaller competitors. However, J.B. Hunt has one of the highest injury rates in the nation at 184.
How Does J.B. Hunt Handle Accident Claims?
J.B. Hunt handles accident claims in-house. When a large trucking corporation is self-insured, they are more likely to deny claims or make it very difficult for victims to recover their full payout.
Our J.B. Hunt truck accident lawyers can employ various strategies to ensure you receive a fair settlement or verdict.
Do J.B. Hunt Trucks Have Cameras?
Yes, J.B. Hunt trucks have forward-facing cameras. The addition of cameras on commercial motor vehicles is a relatively new safety trend. A forward-facing camera can help determine if the cause of the accident was driver error or a mechanical issue.
Mechanical issues, including faulty brakes or overloaded cargo, are notoriously difficult to prove. Camera footage, combined with the truck’s logs and data, witness accounts, and the police investigation, can help hold truck manufacturers and maintenance mechanics responsible for defective parts and negligent servicing.
Contact Our J.B. Hunt Truck Accident Lawyers Today
At Fried Goldberg, we are an award-winning personal injury law firm that focuses more than 95% of our practice on commercial vehicle collisions. We are the industry’s leading truck accident attorneys with over 100 years of combined experience.
Our talented litigation team is nationally recognized. We have represented clients or served as co-counsel in all 50 states. Our skills, resources, and commitment to our clients are unparalleled.
J.B. Hunt Truck Accident FAQs
How is fault determined after a J.B. Hunt truck accident?
Fault is determined after a J.B. Hunt truck accident by examining many factors. The most important elements of liability involve:
- Witness statements and police reports: Police reports and eye-witness accounts carry significant weight in truck accident cases. Law enforcement typically conducts a thorough investigation at the scene. Witness statements are taken while the details of the accident are still fresh in their minds.
- Documentation: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers and trucking companies to maintain records for inspections, maintenance, operating hours, and more. In addition, most trucks are equipped with a black box that captures pertinent data. If a truck driver or company violates a state or federal law, it will significantly impact your case.
- Visual and physical evidence: Visual evidence consists of any footage of the accident caught on camera or video. Nearby surveillance cameras may have captured the trucking accident, or a witness may have filmed with their phone. The physical evidence at a scene includes everything from the tire tread marks on the road to the damage on the vehicles.
After a trucking accident, companies try to repair their vehicles as fast as possible to get them back in service. Repairing a truck will generally destroy the physical evidence and wipe the data collected. Having an experienced attorney early in your claim is crucial to your case. A truck accident lawyer acts quickly to preserve any critical evidence before it is destroyed.
Are J.B. Hunt truck drivers responsible for damages?
It depends on the circumstances of the truck accident. For example, if the truck driver acted negligently and ran a stop sign, they would likely be held responsible for damages. However, if the trucking company pressured the driver to operate the vehicle beyond the maximum hours, causing fatigue, they may share liability.
Every truck accident claim is unique and may have one or more responsible parties. If you have been injured in a truck crash, you should seek the legal advice of a skilled truck accident lawyer to determine all liable parties.
How long does it take to settle a J.B. Hunt commercial truck accident lawsuit?
It depends on the facts of your claim whether or not your J.B. Hunt commercial truck accident lawsuit will settle quickly or take time. The length of a case is not as important as establishing the strongest case. When injuries are particularly severe or catastrophic, they may take longer to settle due to the higher financial stakes.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a J.B. Hunt truck accident?
Most states, including Georgia, honor a 2-year filing deadline for truck accident injuries. Also called a statute of limitations, these deadlines are very strict. Seeking counsel as soon as possible after a truck accident is essential.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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