A Jack Cooper driver sues Cottrell

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I read an article the other day on the madison record about a transport driver suing Cottrell because he hurt his back using the manual skids on the Cottrell trailer he was pulling. The more I thought about it the more absurd it seemed to me. It seems to me if I have these questions you can bet the defense attorneys will have them and more. For these to make sense, you may need to read the article first.

If the ramps were bent or deformed why were they not replaced or at least repaired?

Had the driver written up the needed replacement of the ramps but been overridden by the maintenance dept?

If Jack Cooper Transport bought trucks with manual ramps because of the cost savings didn’t they then accept the risk of back injury that naturally comes with the manual ramps?

If road grime was jamming the tracks was the truck washing methods or intervals changed to try for the obvious fix before declaring that the product was defective?


I found a post steve did on Carhauler news a while back that basically has the same take on the same article.

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12 Responses to A Jack Cooper driver sues Cottrell

  1. ethan says:

    If he was hurt, everybody who had anything to do with the truck setup should be sued!

  2. How far would you take that Ethan? would you sue the tire manufacturer? How about the painter? the welder? where do you think we should draw the line?

  3. ethan says:

    The line comes into play with parts, suppliers, anybody who had a hand in the fabrication part, where the affected part of the equipment is deemed a potential hazard.

  4. tommy says:

    its just another deadbeat “union” boy looking for a free ride.

  5. louis says:

    I wish some of these new carhaulers were employed 30years ago when we had 2 loading ramps on each side of the trailer to connect before we could load or unload a truck. each ramp was approx 12 to 15 feet long weighed atleast 100lbs each with a tripod that collapsed, also the top rear loading position did not lower to the bottom, we had to manually pick up the loading ramp and pin it in postion aprox 6 feet from the ground. before we could unload the first vehicle .These new guys are a bunch of cry babies if they think pulling out a 6 ft loading ramp is to much work for them this type of carhauling rig was called a Texas 8 and I was employed for 30 years with JCT Inc which was in the beginning Woods Industries then United Transport out of OKC in the beginning it was more of a large family of workers rather then employee and employer.

  6. Esteban says:

    I happen to know the driver that is suing. I was one of his yard supervisors for over 3 years. Let me tell you a little about this driver as well as some of the other drivers. FAKE! I actually pulled the ramps out and pushed them in on this truck. His injury claim is a load of crap. There was nothing defective with the ramps. The only thing defective was the driver being in a hurry, cutting corners, and not using the proper technique, which he had been taught, to push in the ramps. These guys are all in such a freaking hurry they are always cutting corneres. I handled all the work comp for one the JCT terminals , and these guys were phonies! Lots of fake claims come layoff time, and all they did was drag themselves to Illinois to really scam the system. I’m no longer with JCT, but thats a good thing, since it was a shame watching these lazy overpaid teamsters bring down another comapny.

  7. Sean says:

    Esteban, I can’t believe the crap people try to get away with. Are you serious that you worked with this guy and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the equipment? It makes me sick to think that this guy is trying to get something for nothing. I wish there was something that we could do about it. I handle all the work comp for my company too and would like to hear about what you did to fight this crap.

  8. Sean says:

    Esteban, if you get a chance, write me at my private email ctigerfan89@hotmail.com

  9. Old Tex says:

    Those skids weigh about 20 pounds compared to hundreds of pounds on some of the old rigs…Before Jack Cooper bought us…I was a United Transport driver and most road trucks prior to 1980 had two sets of skids with a tri-pod set up for the top skid (pinched a lot of fingers in “em)..Had to lift them 5 or 6 feet to the top ramp..pin the bottom skid..then line the whole mess up….Bankhead and Stuart skids were about 8 inches wide compared with 18 inch today…Back in th 70s we had a terminal in St.Louis at Goodfellow exit…( CAT and GM were at the Riverside exit.)That was before Ryder bought CAT..GM built Impalas…Corvettes and pickups at that plant and we loaded on stationary ramps…..The problem with those double skids was when it snowed all the way to Texas and they were lodged under a vette…..It was almost impossible to pull them out…because of the snow…ice and dirt and salt build up..A lot of todays young carhaulers aren’t tough enough to have survived 40 years ago with the equipment we had.Always a lot of OJI ” accidents” right before plant closings for model change…then miraculous recoveries in September…Liberty mutual was Coopers comp insurance and was also one of their biggest expense..That was one of the things always brought up at safety meetings

  10. Rob T. says:

    I like the way some of you guys generalize drivers as lazy over paid fakers. How come one guy hurts himself and all of a sudden everyone is a lazy faker? I’m at the end of my carhaul career and I got paid for what I did. I have friends that work in industries other than transportation making more than me…that work 5 eight hour days. I’d like to know what that is like. Union or non-union there are hard working men and women that don’t deserve these off the wall remarks. If you’re so damn perfect, quit supervising and become an over paid driver that is perfect yourself and show us how it’s done. Car haul could use guys like you… If his suit is so rediculous, then I’m sure a judge will deny his claim.

  11. Bruce Wyatt says:

    I’m an old UT/JCT Driver also,and unfortunately some of what is being said is true, BUT a lot of it was brought on by JCT’s Driver Harassment. While we had some good times under the management of Rudy Cleveland, things went back to the old ways of Screw the Driver at every turn. I recognize the authors of some of the previous remarks from OKC and say you should be ashamed of yourself, JCT was a good Co. for a while and you made A LOT of money. The problem now is the Teamsters are running scared, membership is down and the union leadership are making concessions to the companies that they never would have before. I don’t care where you work or what Industry you work in, there will always be lazy, accident prone people looking to take advantage of the system. JCT is no different, they just didn’t care about their employee’s and were not afraid to let you know it! Chief of Op’s (okc) Royce Leaton used to say ” If you cheat the Co. it’s dishonesty, if the Co. cheats you, it’s just good business” The best thing that ever happened to JCT was the termination of “Puffy” in Lansing, Mi. the worst terminal mgr. in the system

  12. Sean says:

    I’m not saying that all drivers are lazy fakers. Most drivers are just hard working guys that want to earn a nice living to support their family. It’s guys that game the system that screw it up for everybody. If you have a legitimate injury then the company needs to fix you regardless of the cost. However, anybody that scams the system with a fake injury is hurting everybody. I knew a guy who claimed to have hurt himself at a truck stop when he ‘fell’ trying to get into his truck. He bragged about how he was going to get his and screw the company over for not caring. He even went through with a back surgery because he thought that would get him a bigger settlement. Now, his back is really messed up because of the surgery, when there was nothing wrong with it before, (he had said so himself)!

    Now the company is out all that money for all the medical bills, for all the downtime and a replacement driver. Not to mention the fact that the company now has to pay much higher workman’s comp insurance. But, the company is going to want to make the same amount of money in profits, so either they jack up their haul charges or they lay off other workers so they can make the same profit. So, who is really hurt, the guy that is faking the injury or the poor guy that gets laid off because someone else was faking? You tell me.

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