There may not be any violation under the Highway Traffic Act that will net a multi-million-dollar fine, but Swift found out the hard way that a poorly maintained trailer can cost that much.
The company was ordered to pay an injured driver US$2.6 million after the driver was injured while working with a poorly maintained tandem trailer.
Jurors decided Swift failed to meet its obligations to properly maintain its trailer before a driver’s foot was run over by that trailer in June 2012. The driver was an independent contractor but was pulling a Swift trailer.
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