J.B. Hunt Truck Accidents

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J.B. Hunt Transport is a national trucking company with over 18,000 vehicles in its fleet. Throughout the years, truck accidents involving the company’s drivers have led to serious and catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a J.B. Hunt truck accident, you deserve skilled and experienced legal representation.

At Fried Goldberg LLC, the majority of our practice is focused on cases involving large truck collisions. Our Atlanta-based J.B. Hunt truck accident lawyers have extensive experience in complex trucking law and use our vast knowledge to help clients recover the maximum compensation possible.

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.

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Company Snapshot

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 21,000 trucks and 22,000 drivers operating throughout the U.S. and continental Canada and Mexico. They are still headquartered in Arkansas in the city of Lowell.

What should I do after an accident with a J.B. Hunt truck?

If a J.B. Hunt truck hits your car, taking specific steps is critical to protecting your claim.

1. Seek Medical Attention and Preserve 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 an experienced attorney by your side can protect your right to full compensation.

J.B. Hunt Truck Accident FAQ

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 of our 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. Our attorneys can discuss the details of your case during a free consultation.

Why are J.B. Hunt accidents and other truck crashes settled at a higher value?

These 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 were injured or lost a loved one in a J.B. Hunt truck accident, our compassionate attorney can help you through this difficult time.

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 us to schedule a free consultation

Fried Goldberg is 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.

If you have been injured in a preventable truck accident involving a J.B. Hunt vehicle, contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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.

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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.

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How long does it take to settle a J.B. Hunt commercial truck accident lawsuit?

Whether or not your J.B. Hunt commercial truck accident lawsuit will settle quickly or take time depends on the facts of your claim. 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.

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a J.B. Hunt truck accident?

Every state has its own deadline to file an injury lawsuit. In Georgia, it’s two years, but in other states, it may be longer or shorter. Also called a statute of limitations, these deadlines are very strict. Seeking counsel as soon as possible after a truck accident is essential.

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