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We tend to think of armored trucks as a means of shuffling money from bank to bank rather than an important part of our national economy. But some up-armored vehicles are used for executive protection. However, specialized vehicles that transport money and valuables operate under a different set of rules and concerns than regular passenger vehicles. Due to the special training that Brinks, Dunbar, Garda, Loomis, Knightshield, and other drivers should have, there are more potential issues regarding these trucks and their operations.
And it's not just third parties who get run over or killed by these herculean, heavy vehicles. As a matter of fact, the damage these huge transports are similar to big rig trucks. Drivers are placed at risk as well. And many have valuable employment and work comp claims, as discussed below.
Accidents do happen. And when dealing with a large and heavy delivery vehicle with significant blind spots, the risk to another driver or a pedestrian is significantly higher. Furthermore, the companies operating these vehicles are under a special obligation to keep their drivers and others on the road safe. However, we have seen that there are significant issues related to the operations of these vehicles. Below we run down some facts and figures about how these vehicles work-- and sometimes operate dangerously.
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How Do Armored Trucks Operate?
There are several major brands of armored trucks on our public highways and bi-ways, including those operated by Brinks and Garda and Loomis. Some armored car manufacturers include Armormox and Inkas. Often these heavy, unwieldy vehicles are upbuilt from more common vehicle chassis. These include the use of armored Chevrolet Silverados, Dodge Ram 1500s, Ford F-150, and Ford-350. So these vehicles are often just regular vehicles, as you can see above, before their customization. However, after these major changes, these armored trucks become a very different vehicle altogether.
As a matter of fact, replacing the windows with armored slats or with bulletproof walls make the vehicle far more difficult to drive. It also reduces the ability to see around the vehicle. Many newer models are equipped with backup cameras, but there are still hundreds of older versions on the road today with less ability to see around corners or while making turns. Last, these vehicles take far longer to slow down and are often wrought with defective or inferior parts not designed to work with the increased wear and tear and weight involved. Jake braking may help, but it also adds more strain to the vehicle's drivetrain and motor.
Why Are Armored Trucks Used?
We often think of armored truck use for major banks to transfer money. This, of course, remains a major use of the vehicle type, but there are also other major uses of the vehicles, which we will run down below.
- Bank and monetary transfers. These include the transfer of tens of thousands or even millions of dollars. This allows for more secure transport, far less likely to be robbed.
- Education services. This one is a bit more surprising, especially considering the relative value or wealth of schools and colleges. Often, this use is mostly for universities, which often operate multi-million dollar budgets.
- Jewelry. This is often a major utilization for large jewelry companies and sellers such as Kay, Jared, Tiffany, and more. These precious products require more security and armor in case of potential damage or theft.
Types of Armored Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, the very nature of the armored truck makes it more likely for accidents to occur. These include accidents on the road and potential issues with some of those in the vehicle. Many armored truck operators-- both drivers and security guards-- are armed with shotguns, handguns, and centerfire, semi-automatic rifles. As a result, there is also a chance for severe injury due to mistakes on and off the road.
Some of the most common issues include:
- Vehicle accidents. This includes striking another vehicle or pedestrian. Unfortunately, we saw a case like this in September 2020 with an accident in Brooklyn, New York. An armored vehicle driver struck and killed a young girl. The accident occurred with a GardaWorld driver. We will discuss more info on them below.
- Weapons discharge. This is less likely but is still a possibility, either intentional or otherwise, due to the vehicle's nature.
How Often Do Armored Truck Accidents Happen?
As we cited above, armored truck accidents are not uncommon. Furthermore, they are more likely in cases where drivers are less trained than necessary. The Tampa Bay Times ran an investigation into a spate of severe accidents caused by one operator: GardaWorld.
One case was particularly alarming:
The armored truck full of money barreled down a two-lane road until it encountered a stopped SUV. The truck didn’t brake. Instead it whipped into the oncoming lane, as if to pass, and rammed into a tanker truck. The impact ripped open the side of the armored truck and launched a worker guarding the cash into the air with such force that his seat went with him. Illinois police found him still buckled in, crushed to death. The 49-year-old grandfather driving the tanker lived until his vehicle caught fire. He died trapped in the wreckage, his throat caked with soot, surrounded by flames.
The investigation found that 19 people have been killed in Garda crashes since the year 2008. The Times also found at least three deaths between 2019 and 2020 alone. Furthermore, the deaths tell just a part of the story. The Times also found that between February 2014 and July 2016, the company's vehicles averaged a staggering 100 collisions per month.
The investigation also found Garda trucks causing injuries around one every three days. The newspaper also reported that the company has more accidents per road mile than its competitors Brinks and Loomis. The company denied five requests for an interview. The company even threatened the Times legally when they continued investigating.
What Do I Do If I Was In An Armored Car Collision?
In case you or a loved one was injured due to an issue or accident involving an armored truck, you have options. The team at Ehline Law is second to none when handling the gargantuan task of handling armored vehicles and related car accidents. Our competent, hard-working, personable team is specialized in such accidents and our clients' legal rights. Let us help you win money for your pain, suffering, past, present, and future medical bills and possibly even punitive damages to punish the armored car company from allowing a death trap on the roads.
Our compassionate lawyers help cover the costs of medical treatment-- both short and long term. Ehline Law is available 24/7 for a free consultation. Our phenomenal injury lawyers will travel anywhere in California to discuss your legal options, as well as Coronavirus compliant discussions. And we have no issues helping you over the phone or via Zoom.
The only reason we are here is to listen attentively, hold your hand, and problem solve your important challenges after an accident. Last, we will keep you fully informed, so you're not wondering what to do and fretting over your situation. In short, we want to give you certainty about your happy future that lies ahead. Contact us for more info-- and remember that we don't ask for a penny unless we recover for you. During this difficult time, let us help you by calling (213) 596-9642 and discovering the Ehline difference.
- Gothamist: Armored Truck Driver Fatally Hits A 7-Year-Old Girl On Her Scooter In Brooklyn
- Tampa Bay Times: MOVING MILLIONS, LEAVING MAYHEM
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