Our law firm represents victims bringing truck accident lawsuits not only in Maryland but nationwide. This page focuses on legal actions against C.R. England.
Our truck accident lawyers provide insight on this page into anticipated settlement amounts in claims involving C.R. England and what plaintiffs may expect during the litigation process.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a C.R. England truck and are seeking compensation, contact us at 800-553-8082 for a comprehensive discussion of your case. Alternatively, you can get a free online consultation online.
C.R. England started as a family operation with a background in farming before shifting to trucking. The early years involved tackling the challenges of a new interstate system and growing their business. They made a name for themselves by hauling potatoes and launching a service that could deliver goods across the country in 72 hours, allowing them to compete with larger companies.
Over the next 50 years, C.R. England expanded significantly, innovating and growing to meet industry demands while staying true to its trucking roots. With 582 million average annual mileage and 6,390 drivers, C.R. England Inc. is the seventeenth most prolific motor carrier in North America. Though C.R. England is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, it is a nationally focused carrier with a record of tractor-trailer collisions all across America.
C.R. England vehicles average over 200 reported accidents each year. Most C.R. England accidents are concentrated in the west, but twelve C.R. England tractor-trailers have crashed in Maryland in the past five years.
Of course, with so many vehicles on the road, some accidents are bound to happen. But the challenging hiring environment, for all trucking companies, makes driving conditions even more hazardous. In their online blog, C.R. England admits that “the severe driver shortage now underway in the U.S. has opened the door to a few bad apples making a living by helping people obtain CDL licenses illegally.” Industry-wide, there is a high demand for truck drivers that the employment market just can’t meet, leading many motor carriers to hire underqualified drivers out of desperation. Although C.R. England attempts to combat this pressure with rigorous training programs, their critical need for drivers still pushes them to let “a few bad apples” slip through the cracks.
Employment reviewers classify C.R. England as “starter company,” meaning they tend to hire new, inexperienced drivers who they don’t have to compensate well. Few drivers are willing to accept such poor pay after they gain experience, and only one out of every twenty-five C.R. England drivers will stay with the company longer than nine months. In such a competitive hiring environment, companies that are unwilling to pay their employees a decent wage will have a high rate of turnover and be unable to attract and retain top talent. Consequently, C.R. England has gained a reputation for their lenient hiring practices. As a corporation, C.R. England has a responsibility to select suitable drivers, and when their drivers are at fault for a collision, C.R. England is liable for any ensuing damages.
Why C.R. England Accident Cases Have a Higher Settlement Value
Because most truck accident cases do not involve a notable liability dispute, the real conflict usually involves the settlement value of the injuries. In an ideal world, this means that the jury determines the adequate amount of money damages to award to the victim, aiming to make the victim healthy and whole again no matter who the defendant is. Unfortunately, the defendant’s identity can make a big difference in the settlement value of a claim. When suing a person, like a teenager who just got his license or a grandmother of ten, the jury’s sympathies can have a negative impact on jury awards. Conversely, a jury is unlikely to feel empathetic toward a giant, faceless company like C.R. England, which can lead to a higher trial or settlement value.
Even more explicitly, C.R. England claims adjusters can have a productive impact on settlement value. Since C.R. England tractor-trailers are heavier and cause more damage than the average passenger car, C.R. England claims adjusters are accustomed to working with more significant dollar amounts and may be slightly biased toward determining larger indemnity payments.
What Else is Different About a Claim Against C.R. England?
Due to the complicated maze of federal and state regulations for motor carriers, lawyers who typically handle car accident cases are not consistently qualified to handle a case against C.R. England.
Many tractor-trailers are required to carry instruments onboard to track information on the vehicle’s speed, airbag deployment, braking, and many other data from a collision.
An attorney with specialized knowledge can use these data to help determine whether C.R. England was at fault for the crash. There is a trove of tools that can help victims of C.R. England accidents if their attorneys know where to look.
Six Factors That Drive C.R. England Settlement Amounts
Calculating settlement amounts in a truck accident lawsuit against C.R. England, or any trucking company, is not easy. Most of the lawsuits our truck accident lawyers handled involve severe injury and wrongful death. Putting a number on human suffering and human loss is never easy.
But this is what our attorneys have to do. Calculating the appropriate settlement amount in a truck accident claim against C.R. England involves considering too many factors to list. But these are typically the six most significant factors to consider when calculating settlement compensation.
- Medical Costs: Total all medical expenses, including anticipated future medical bills related to the accident injuries.
- Lost Wages: Calculate lost income from time off work, as well as any potential loss of future earning capacity.
- Property Damage: Assess the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle and any other personal property damaged in the crash. Why does property damage matter? Insurance and trucking companies use property damage as a marker of how serious the injuries are.
- Pain and Suffering: Estimate non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, which can be subjective and often rely on – for settlement purposes, anyway – multipliers of the economic damages, based on the severity and permanence of injuries.
- Punitive Damages: These may apply if C.R. England’s actions were incredibly reckless. They are not tied to your direct losses but are meant to punish the wrongdoer.
- Damage Caps: State-imposed caps on non-economic damages limit the amount of compensation that can be awarded for intangible losses such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. These caps can significantly lower the overall settlement amount in truck accident lawsuits by restricting the potential financial recovery beyond actual economic losses like medical expenses and lost wages.
Our website provides statistics, including average trial or settlement value, for many of these different variables. For C.R. England’s claims, listed below are samples of settlement and verdicts involving C.R. England as the defendant.
Although these examples may be more limited in their predictive ability, they can give you a feel for how the settlement value of a case can vary, depending on jurisdiction, severity of injury, and economic loss.
- 2021, Texas, $213,596 Verdict. The plaintiffs were sitting in their stationary vehicle in the entrance to a parking lot in Hill County, Texas. The defendant, a CR England truck driver was attempting to exit the same parking lot in his CR England tractor-trailer. The defendant turned into the plaintiffs’ vehicle and crushed it from the side, causing the plaintiffs to suffer significant physical injuries. The lawsuit was filed against both the driving and CR England for negligent entrustment, and negligent hiring and supervision.
- 2020, Nebraska, $341,334 Verdict. The plaintiff was a truck driver who was parked and asleep in the sleeper bed of his tractor-trailer at a truck stop in Buffalo County, Nebraska. The defendant, a CR England truck driver, ran into the plaintiff’s parked truck knocking the plaintiff out of the sleeper and causing him to suffer significant personal injuries from the fall. The plaintiff sued both the driver and CR England.
- 2019, California, $50,000 Verdict. The plaintiff was driving near Rialto California when a CR England freight truck driven by the defendant made an unsafe lane change and struck the plaintiff’s vehicle in the rear left fender. The plaintiff sue the driver and CR England.
- 2010, Indiana, $1,070,000 Verdict. A C.R. England driver lost control of his tractor-trailer; it hydroplaned and crossed over the interstate median. In the oncoming traffic, the plaintiff-driver swerved left to avoid a head-on collision with the C.R. England tractor-trailer; his vehicle spun and went sideways in its lane, and was struck by a different tractor-trailer. The plaintiff-driver suffered multiple glass cuts, injuries to his cervical spine requiring surgeries, and a closed head injury with post-concussion syndrome, resulting in variable impairment of his motor functioning, visual attention, and memory. The plaintiff-passenger suffered back injuries that required treatment for a herniated lumbar disc. The plaintiffs were awarded $1,050,000 and $20,000 respectively.
- 2007, Oklahoma, $107,377 Settlement. A male driver died when a C.R. England tractor-trailer struck his vehicle head-on. His spouse and two adult children survived him. The C.R. England driver reportedly failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to stay right of the centerline.
- 2005, Massachusetts, $803,300 Verdict. The male plaintiff suffered spinal nerve damage and a herniated disc when a C.R. England tractor-trailer struck his vehicle. The C.R. England driver turned left after exiting a parking lot, failing to yield the right-of-way to the plaintiff and failing to keep a proper lookout.
Obviously, these verdicts are all pretty old and there are no settlements. What does that tell us? It tells us that C.R. England does not let many cases go to trial and they do a good job with their confidentiality clauses in their settlements. This does not mean they are handing out money. Trucking companies will make you file suit and fight if you want top dollar for your settlement. But if you do, you have a good chance of getting a great result. This is true not just with C.R. England but with most trucking companies.
What Is the Average Settlement for C.R. England Truck Accident Cases?
The average settlement amount in severe truck accident cases against C.R. England is between $70,000 and $105,000. The average jury award in motor tort injury cases against large commercial trucking companies is $510,000. The potential settlement value of a specific case against C.R. England will depend on the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Do C.R. England Truck Drivers Have a Good Accident Rate?
J.B. Hunt drivers have a slightly higher accident rate per mile compared to other commercial trucking companies of similar size. Each year, C.R. England truck drivers average around 200 accidents resulting in serious injury and 10 accidents resulting in one or more fatalities.
How Much Insurance Do C.R. England Trucks Have?
Commercial auto liability insurance policies cover all C.R. England trucks with a limit of at least $1 million per occurrence.
How Does C.R. England Handle Accident Claims?
Unlike many other commercial trucking companies, C.R. England appears to handle their accident claims in-house and does not use any 3rd party claims adjusters. In our experience, this is usually a good thing for claimants because big trucking companies like C.R. England are often easier to deal with and make better settlement offers.
What Lawyers Does C.R. England Use to Defend a Truck Accident Lawsuit?
C.R. England, like many large trucking companies, may have an in-house legal team as well as a network of outside law firms that represent them in truck accident lawsuits across the United States. The specific law firm or firms representing C.R. England can vary depending on the location of the lawsuit, the nature of the case, and the legal strategy of the company.
C.R. England occasionally gets named as a defendant in motor tort cases in Maryland. When they get sued in Maryland, C.R. England is defended by the Baltimore insurance defense firm of Franklin & Prokopik. This firm handles most big truck accident defense cases in Maryland.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer to Help You
Our law firm is based in Maryland. Most of the truck collision cases we handle are in the Baltimore-Washington area, but we handle significant injury cases throughout the entire country.
Our truck accident lawyers have a track record of success and extensive experience in dealing with the nuances specific to truck accident claims. If you have been harmed in an accident with a C.R. England truck and want to consider a lawsuit or a claim for an out-of-court settlement, call one of our lawyers at 800-553-8082 or get a free no-obligation Internet consultation.