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What Companies Have the Most Truck Accidents?

The life of thriving commerce throughout the United States depends on semi-trucks to transport freight from place to place. Presently, there are about 12 million large trucks and buses registered to operate on American roadways.

In 2021, the trucking industry earned nearly $880 billion in revenue and moved nearly 73% of America’s freight by weight. With so many trucks on the road and tight deadlines to meet, some trucking companies put profit and expediency over the safety of its drivers and other motorists. Tragically, this is a recipe for disaster.

Below we profile the companies involved in the most accidents each year.

Which Trucking Companies Are Involved in the Most Accidents?

According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Safety Measurement System (SMS), FedEx and UPS consistently have the highest number of truck crashes among all trucking companies in the U.S.

The data below represents the number of trucking accidents and violations in a 24-month period ending on December 30, 2022. As you can see, FedEx and UPS have the highest number of truck accidents. But the data from some of the other companies tells another story; some have a higher number of accidents relative to their fleet size, which means the accident rate is high. Others have higher rates of unsafe driving violations, which also threaten highway safety.

FedEx

FedEx Ground

Number of Vehicles: 101,975

Number of Drivers: 124,527

Total Accidents: 2,781

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 3,850

FedEx Freight

Number of Vehicles: 18,927

Number of Drivers: 23,099

Total Accidents: 843

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 577

FedEx Express

Number of Vehicles: 35,535

Number of Drivers: 42,218

Total Accidents: 380

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 203

UPS

United Parcel Service (UPS)

Number of Vehicles: 134,070

Number of Drivers: 127,017

Total Accidents: 2,845

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 2,682

J.B. Hunt

J B Hunt Transport

Number of Vehicles: 24,040

Number of Drivers: 26,977

Total Accidents: 1,858

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 3,007

Knight-Swift

Knight Transportation

Number of Vehicles: 3,200

Number of Drivers: 3,200

Total Accidents: 229

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 442

Swift Transportation

Number of Vehicles: 15,902

Number of Drivers: 15,000

Total Accidents: 1,059

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 1,833

AAA Cooper Transportation

Number of Vehicles: 2,865

Number of Drivers: 2,972

Total Accidents: 184

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 165

Knight Refrigerated

Number of Vehicles: 704

Number of Drivers: 704

Total Accidents: 49

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 89

Midwest Motor Express

Number of Vehicles: 365

Number of Drivers: 396

Total Accidents: 17

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 24

Landstar System

Landstar Ranger Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 6,855

Number of Drivers: 7,027

Total Accidents: 430

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 1,012

Landstar Inway Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 4,778

Number of Drivers: 3,883

Total Accidents: 303

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 752

Landstar Express America

Number of Vehicles: 258

Number of Drivers: 371

Total Accidents: 12

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 31

Werner Logistics

Werner Enterprises Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 9,507

Number of Drivers: 10,533

Total Accidents: 912

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 1,590

Schneider

Schneider National Carriers

Number of Vehicles: 10,612

Number of Drivers: 12,468

Total Accidents: 818

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 1,786

Midwest Logistics Systems

Number of Vehicles: 935

Number of Drivers: 1,089

Total Accidents: 86

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 213

Schneider National Bulk Carriers

Number of Vehicles: 660

Number of Drivers: 763

Total Accidents: 33

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 84

Old Dominion Freight Line

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 10,719

Number of Drivers: 12,855

Total Accidents: 738

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 609

XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Freight Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 8,800

Number of Drivers: 11,172

Total Accidents: 692

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 485

Estes Express Lines

Estes Express Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 7,856

Number of Drivers: 8,060

Total Accidents: 550

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 552

YRC Worldwide

YRC Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 7,654

Number of Drivers: 9,107

Total Accidents: 491

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 416

Averitt Express

Averitt Express Inc.

Number of Vehicles: 5,129

Number of Drivers: 5,166

Total Accidents: 385

Total Unsafe Driving Violations: 380

Trucking Company Insights: 2022

To better understand the volume of these trucking companies, below you will find the annual revenue and number of employees for each.

FedEx

Consolidated Revenue: $93,512 Million

Number of Employees:

Full-time: 345,000

Part-time: 202,000

Contracted service providers: 6,000

UPS

Consolidated Revenue: $97.3 Billion

Number of Employees: 534,000

J.B. Hunt

Consolidated Revenue: $12,168 Million

Number of Employees: 33,000

Knight-Swift

Consolidated Revenue: $965.7 Million (2021)

Number of Employees: 27,900

Landstar System

Consolidated Revenue: $1.816 Billion (End of the 3rd Quarter, 2022)

Number of Employees: 1,273

Werner Logistics

Gross Revenue: $1.837 Billion (2021)

Number of Employees: 9,342 (2020)

Schneider

Consolidated Revenue: $5,042.7 Million (End of the 3rd Quarter, 2022)

Number of Employees: 15,691 (2021)

Old Dominion Freight Line

Consolidated Revenue: $5.3 Billion (2021)

Number of Employees: 23,663

XPO Logistics

Consolidated Revenue: $3.36 Billion (2021)

Number of Employees: Approximately 42,000

Estes Express Lines

Consolidated Revenue: $4.4 Billion (2022)

Number of Employees: Approximately 22,000

YRC Worldwide

Operating Revenue: $1.309 Billion (2021)

Number of Employees: 32,000

Averitt Express

Gross Revenue: $399 Million

Number of Employees: 5,000

As you can see from the data above, these trucking companies generate enough profit to ensure all of their employees are properly trained and taken care of at all times. There is no reason to cut corners, especially when the risk is the health and safety of everyone on the road.

Trucking Companies Must Focus on Accident Prevention

Truck Drivers Need Proper Training

First and foremost, commercial trucking companies should ensure that their drivers are properly trained. This means providing professional training courses on driving techniques, defensive driving, and other safety protocols. Drivers must be able to recognize dangerous situations before they happen and know how to handle them appropriately. They should also understand the importance of following traffic laws and regulations.

Truck Drivers Should Have the Resources They Need

Second, commercial trucking companies should create a safe work environment for their drivers. This includes providing necessary resources such as comfortable seating, ergonomic steering wheels, and mirrors, additional lighting for night drives, etc., that will help prevent driver fatigue. Proper rest breaks should also be taken by drivers during long trips to avoid any adverse effects of fatigue or exhaustion. Any company that prioritizes expedience by forcing its drivers to make unreasonable deadlines runs the risk of being held accountable of an accident occurs.

Modern Safety Technology Is Critical

Finally, commercial trucking companies should invest in the latest safety technology. This includes driver monitoring systems that can alert drivers when they make unsafe maneuvers, lane departure warning systems that notify drivers if they drift out of their intended lane, and automatic emergency braking systems that activate brakes when necessary to help avoid a crash. As truck accident lawyers we believe that many crashes could be avoided if certain trucking safety technology was implemented at scale.

Wisner Baum Has Experience Against Many of the Nation’s Top Trucking Companies

Our team here at Wisner Baum has experience litigating cases against the following trucking companies:

FedEx

J.B. Hunt

Knight-Swift

Landstar System

Old Dominion Freight Line

Schneider National

UPS

XPO Logistics

In total, our firm has handled cases on behalf of clients against more than 150 trucking companies. If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident due to negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team of experienced truck accident attorneys right away with any questions you may have about your case or the legal process in general. We are ready and willing to do everything in our power to help you now.

Contact our office of experienced legal professionals by calling (855) 948-5098 or submitting an online contact form today to schedule your free consultation with one of our skilled trucking accident attorneys.

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