ABF Freight trucks move cargo across North America using a network of highways from Canada to Mexico. With a working fleet of nearly 4000 vehicles comprising of 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and large commercial trucks, and over 6700 drivers, most of their cargo is picked up, transported and delivered in a safe manner.
When it comes to accidents involving ABF Freight trucks, you can depend on Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to provide you with the personalized attention that your case deserves. Our firm has a team of accident investigators who can be deployed to the scene of a crash to help secure the evidence needed to win your case. Contact our office for a free review of your case today.ABF Company Statistics Regarding Accidents Involving Injuries & Fatalities
Unfortunately, with the millions of miles traveled every year, the fleets of trucks managed by ABF are still involved in numerous accidents. According to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) management information systems, the freight company has been involved in serious collisions, causing injuries and fatalities. At the beginning of 2014, ABF Freight trucks have been involved in over 235 accidents in the last 24 months, resulting in 85 cases of injury and 5 fatalities.
Routine inspections of ABF drivers have taken some auto transport truckers off the road. Of the 2500+ drivers inspected over the last 24 months, 0.9 percent were removed from service, far below the 5.51 percent national average.
Most of the regional and national cargo deliveries by ABF Freight are primarily LTL (less than a truckload) shipments. Drivers often pick up small loads along specific routes, and consolidate the truck into a single load from multiple customers (shippers). In addition, the company provides ABF U-Packing containers transported from one location to a new destination, where the customer loads and unloads the cargo.Nine Decades of Cargo Delivery
As a local cargo hauler in 1923, ABF Freight System, Inc. was founded in Fort Smith, Arkansas under the name OK Transfer. By 1935, the company changed its name after acquiring Arkansas Motor Freight. By the 1940s, the local transporter had transformed into a regional carrier with an array of routes from Louisiana to Missouri. Over the years, it has evolved into a worldwide provider of end-to-end cargo delivery and other supply chain solutions.
Even though ABF Freight Systems operates their business according to the rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation, accidents still happen. Like all freight companies, ABF maintains demanding transport schedules. Their drivers are often given constraining deadlines and commitments, causing them to make poor driving decisions.
Many of their 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and cargo vans can weigh upwards of 80 tons when fully loaded. With a stressed or fatigued driver behind the wheel, catastrophic accidents occur, injuring victims or causing death.
Commercial truck accidents across the nation’s highways occur for various reasons. Some reasons for an ABF freight truck accident are significantly more prevalent than others. They include:
- Driver Fatigue – Driving while fatigued can be just as potentially dangerous and catastrophic as driving drunk. Truckers who spend most of their days behind the wheel can become tired, making careless mistakes that endanger motorists and passengers on the road. Fatigue can lead to falling asleep, drifting into other lanes, driving at excessive speed, or failing to use headlights and/or turn signals.
- Distracted Driving – Unsafe driving behavior can occur when the trucker becomes distracted when talking on the phone, reading, texting or simply becoming complacent after long hours on the road.
- Blind Spots – Because of the sheer size of the truck, inexperienced or untrained drivers can miss objects when making turns or backing up caused by the blind spots around the vehicle.
- Improper Loading/Unloading – Loaders must position cargo properly, according to weight and distribution inside the trailer, box container or on the flatbed. When loads are positioned or secured improperly, cargo can shift unexpectedly, or make it difficult for the driver to control the truck and trailer safely.
- Mechanical Failure – Defective components including tires, brake pads, signal lights, and others can cause serious accidents on the roadway. Mechanical failure is a key component to many dangerous driving conditions, placing the trucker and all other motorists sharing the road in grave danger.
Filing an accident claim against large freight companies including ABF requires the skills of an experienced attorney. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers specialize in commercial vehicle and ABF Freight truck accidents. Contact the law firm at (888) 424-5757 so we can provide negotiation and litigation representation to truck accident victims pursuing compensation for their pain, damages, injuries and suffering. The recovery can be used to pay off medical expenses, recoup lost wages, and as compensation for physical damages.