Yes, Ruan Transportation management is responsible for any collision caused by their vehicles and drivers. In addition, commercial freight carriers the size of Ruan carry millions of dollars worth of liability insurance to cover losses. If you or a loved one was injured in a Ruan truck crash, contact Pritzker Hageman law partner Eric Hageman, a winner of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. Eric heads litigation in all semi-truck death and semi-truck injury cases brought to our firm.
In July of last year, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported that an Illinois family settled its lawsuit against Iowa-based Ruan for $7 million. The company had left one of its rigs parked, but open and with the keys in it. That’s when a thief stole it and drove recklessly through Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood. The family’s vehicle was struck and their son suffered devastating head injuries.
In 2008, Ruan was sued by its own milk tanker drivers in California for allegedly not allowing them uninterrupted lunch and dinner breaks. The Fresno Bee reported that the case was settled out of court in 2015 for $10.5 million while it was set for trial in Tulare County Superior Court.
Rear-Ended by a Semi-Truck
The truck crash lawsuit team at Pritzker Hageman has a reputation for independent accident investigation and detailed reconstruction of accidents to pinpoint crash factors and negligence. To hold freight transportation companies responsible for the harm they cause, it’s critical to expose at-fault truck driving or equipment and maintenance failures. Skid mark evidence and tire track evidence are important indicators for accident reconstruction. Acting quickly to retain a lawyer is important to the process of gathering evidence and resolving your case.
We’ve represented victims in truck rear-end crashes, sideswipes, head-on accidents and T-boned by a semi-truck. Deaths and injuries caused by semi trucks have been on the rise. We’ve also won millions for bicyclists, motorcylists and pedestrians run over by commercial trucks. If you or a family member was hurt or killed in a truck crash or injured by debris falling from a truck or from a dislodged truck tire, call us at 1-888-377-8900, or text 612-261-0856. Case consultations are free and if our attorneys agree to take your case, you owe us nothing until there has been a recovery for you.
Ruan Trucking Crash Profile
According to U.S. Department of Transportation research, Ruan Transport Corporation of Des Moines recently finished a two-year period that included five deaths and 40 injuries in 167 crashes. The company’s 2,700 semi-truck drivers were tagged for 299 unsafe driving violations in that period. In addition, transportation inspectors cited Ruan drivers 100 times for not complying with Hours of Service regulations.
DOT’s Company Snapshot of Ruan included the following types of unsafe driving violations as of June 12, 2019:
- Failure to yield
- Inattentive driving
- Improper lane change
- Using a phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
- Following too close
- Failure to maintain lane
- Improper passing
- Reckless Driving
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