Swift Transportation Accident History

In the 24-month period prior to August 29, 2021, Swift drivers were reported to have been involved in 1,222 crashes, 312 involving injuries, including 31 deaths.

Swift

Company Snapshot

Swift Transportation is an American truckload motor shipping carrier based out of Phoenix, Arizona. It is part of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., also based in Arizona. Swift Transportation operates over 23,000 trucks, and is the largest common carrier in the U.S.

The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC sue companies like Swift on behalf of injured motorists when the company or its drivers are responsible for an accident.

Truck accident cases make up the majority of our work, and we have established a national reputation as leading attorneys in the field of truck accident litigation.

Contact us today at (877) 591-1801 if you or a loved one has been the victim of such an accident.

The following information reflects content of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration management information systems.

Carrier trucks are lined up at a truck stop with mountains in the background.

A common carrier is a person or a commercial enterprise that transports passengers or goods for a fee and establishes that their service is open to the general public. Typical examples of common carriers include a shipowner, railroad, airline, taxi service, etc. A private carrier, on the other hand, is a person or a commercial enterprise that only agrees in particular circumstances to transport passengers or goods.
Source: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/common_carrier.

What Should I Do If I Was in a Swift Trucking Accident?

There are three things you should do right away after an accident with a Swift Transportation vehicle.

1. Seek medical care and preserve documentation.

You don’t need our advice to know that serious truck accident injuries need emergency medical care. However, it’s important to get even minor injuries checked professionally, as they could be causing invisible internal damage to your organs or brain.

Also, by seeking medical care, you are generating documentation of your injuries in the form of scans, doctors’ notes, and insurance paperwork and billing. These are vital pieces of evidence when seeking a fair settlement or damages award.

2. Do not sign or agree verbally to anything.

If you are offered anything to sign or asked to make a statement by representatives of the Swift trucking company, their insurance providers, or your insurance agents: decline. You are under no obligation to provide any information, especially in the early hours and initial days following a traumatic crash.

Do not admit any fault or liability when speaking to police either. There are unique rules to determining fault and responsibility after an accident, and the facts will inform that decision. If you’re not sure what to say, then stay safe by remaining silent. Document your observations, and let the facts speak for themselves when the time comes. When you hire an attorney, they can then communicate with the other side on your behalf.

3. Call the industry-leading truck accident attorneys at Fried Goldberg.

The sooner you secure your own attorney, the better off you’ll be in recovering after a Swift Transport accident. Not only do the lawyers at Fried Goldberg have the knowledge and experience to advise you on what to do after a truck accident, we also are unique among lawyers for our trail-blazing work in commercial truck accident law. Specifically:

  • We literally wrote the book on this topic, Understanding Motor Carriers Claims
  • Our firm has achieved major recoveries in nearly every major state
  • We revolutionized the way truck accident cases are litigated (as their own separate type of case, not just an extension of car accident cases)
  • We hold industry-leading seminars and instruct other attorneys in truck accident law
  • Other attorneys refer their truck cases to Fried Goldberg, or request us as lead/co-counsel, because we have the in-depth proficiency they need

We will request the documents needed to protect your rights, prepare those documents to meet filing deadlines, and help negotiate with insurance companies and the Swift Transportation reps. However, these are the same steps that most competent attorneys will take when pursuing a Swift accident case. What makes Fried Goldberg stand out is that we’re negotiating at a table we helped build.

If you’re considering a lawsuit against Swift Transportation, why not go to the source and hire the firm that made such lawsuits possible in the first place? Contact Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801 today.

If you’re considering a lawsuit against Swift Transportation, go to the source and hire the firm that made such lawsuits possible in the first place—call Fried Goldberg at (877) 591-1801.

Inspection / Crash Rates

These numbers show the number of reported crashes from Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona LLC that involved fatalities, injuries, or vehicle towing.
Inspection results for 24 months prior to: 08/29/2021
Total inspections: 20025
Inspections:

Type Fatal Injury Tow Total
Crashes 31 312 879 1222
Type
Fatal
Injury
Tow
Total
Crashes
31
312
879
1222

Crashes reported to FMCSA by states for 24 months prior to: 08/29/2021:
Crashes:

Type Fatal Injury Tow Total
Crashes 67 657 1532 2256
Type
Fatal
Injury
Tow
Total
Crashes
67
657
1532
2256
Vehicle Configuration TRACTOR/SEMI-TRAILER
Cargo Body Type VAN/ENCLOSED BOX
Gross Vehicle Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight Range MORE THAN 26,000 POUNDS

Carrier Operation

Here are the types of cargo carried by Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona LLC.

SAFER Layout
X General Freight
Household Goods
X Metal: sheets, coils, rolls
X Motor Vehicles
Drive/Tow away
X Logs, Poles, Beams, Lumber
X Building Materials
Mobile Homes
X Machinery, Large Objects
X Fresh Produce
X Liquids/Gases
X Intermodal Cont.
X Passengers
Oilfield Equipment
Livestock
SAFER Layout
X General Freight
Household Goods
X Metal: sheets, coils, rolls
X Motor Vehicles
Drive/Tow away
X Logs, Poles, Beams, Lumber
X Building Materials
Mobile Homes
X Machinery, Large Objects
X Fresh Produce
X Liquids/Gases
X Intermodal Cont.
X Passengers
Oilfield Equipment
Livestock
X Grain, Feed, Hay
Coal/Coke
X Meat
Garbage/Refuse
US Mail
X Chemicals
X Commodities Dry Bulk
X Refrigerated Food
X Beverages
X Paper Products
Utilities
Agricultural/Farm Supplies
Construction
Water Well
SAFER Layout
X Grain, Feed, Hay
Coal/Coke
X Meat
Garbage/Refuse
US Mail
X Chemicals
X Commodities Dry Bulk
X Refrigerated Food
X Beverages
X Paper Products
Utilities
Agricultural/Farm Supplies
Construction
Water Well

Vehicle Inspections

(within 24 Months, as of 08/29/2021)

Number of Vehicle Inspections 11367
Number of OOS Inspections 1686

Example of State Crash Report

To view an example of a state crash report, click here.

Swift Transportation Lawsuits: Go With the Pros

If you’ve been impacted in a Swift trucking accident, you deserve representation that can go the extra mile. Fried Goldberg changed the nature of commercial trucking cases to value the injured party above all else, and to hold all responsible parties accountable for the harm caused.

Reach out to the attorneys at Fried Goldberg today by calling (877) 591-1801, or filling out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. Let us take the wheel, and guide you down a road we’ve traveled before towards a satisfactory resolution for your case.

Swift Transportation Truck Accident FAQs

How is fault determined after a Swift Transportation truck accident?

There are many components that go into determining fault after an accident, but the most important include:

  • The police report and witness statements: These first-hand, on-scene accounts carry high value, and your lawyer can help collect and preserve witness accounts.
  • Visual and physical evidence: Visual evidence from nearby video cameras, as well as physical evidence like the vehicles themselves or tire tracks help determine fault.
  • Documentary proof: Paperwork, schedules, and electronic logs can show how fast a vehicle was traveling, how long a driver was on shift, and when the latest vehicle maintenance check was performed.

When considered as a whole, these pieces of information can assign full or partial fault to one or multiple parties.

Are Swift Transportation truck drivers responsible for damages?

The answer to this question depends on the evidence: if the truck driver acted negligently on their own, they may be held responsible for your damages and those done to Swift Transportation’s truck and the cargo it carried. However, if the company allowed the driver to operate a faulty vehicle, or the company knowingly overworked the driver in defiance of safety regulations, it may be the Swift Transportation company that is responsible for damages.

How long does it take to settle a Swift commercial truck accident lawsuit?

There is no real average timeline when it comes to how long it takes to reach a settlement. A fair compensation amount may be agreed upon quickly, or the negotiations may have to go to trial, which takes longer.

A skilled attorney knows how to present the strongest possible evidence. Strong evidence means the other side may decide to settle rather than risk a trial. If the case does go to trial, the settlement amount could increase, or a judge’s verdict may add even more in “punitive” or punishment damages—funds that would go to you and your family.

Regardless of how long it takes, your best bet is to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer for quicker and more substantial results.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a Swift Transportation truck accident?

The legal deadline for filing a lawsuit after a trucking accident varies from state to state between 1-6 years. These timelines are known as statutes of limitations, and they are very strict: if you miss your window of opportunity, you miss your chance for compensation entirely.

Fried Goldberg is headquartered in Georgia, where the statute of limitations is 2 years. However, we also handle truck accident cases nationwide independently, with co-counsel, or by referral. If you have questions about your potential case, contact us today at (877) 591-1801.

Truck accident attorneys at Fried Goldberg

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.

 

 

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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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