Maintenance and safety go hand in hand when it comes to commercial trucks. When a trucking company or independent truck driver fails to keep a semi in proper working order, accidents are bound to happen. A recent case in Houston resulted in a $2.6 million dollar verdict against Swift based on the company's unacceptable maintenance practices. The case involved physical injuries suffered by an owner-operator who suffered injury when one of Swift's tractor trailers ran over his foot. The $2.6 million were awarded to compensate the man for physical and mental pain, medical bills and lost wages.
The suit contended that the trailer involved in the accident was negligently under-maintained. In addition, it alleged that Swift knew about the problems that contributed to the accident and did not take steps to correct them. The driver of the truck was also named in the original suit.
Swift is one of the largest commercial trucking companies in the world. It owns more than 6,000 trucks operating all over the country. The maintenance of those trucks has the potential to impact countless individuals and families. While $2.6 million is not a substantial figure for a company as large as Swift, it will hopefully be enough to encourage the company to improve it maintenance practices.
Source: Overdrive, "Swift ordered to pay owner-operator $2.6 million after trailer squashed his foot," by James Jaillet, 24 August 2015