Celadon Group, Inc. Truck Accident Attorneys
Until recently, Celadon Group Inc. was one of the nation's most extensive progressive transportation and logistics companies providing services that include regional transport, long hauls, dedicated routes, local, intermodal, LTL, and temperature-controlled freight services throughout Northern America including Mexico and Canada. The company used only the newest equipment under the care of skilled truckers to provide dependability and reliability in the trucking industry.
However, in December 2019, Celadon Group Inc. and was shuddering its doors after 34 years of providing service nationwide. The announcement finalized a turbulent time for the transporter after dealing directly with creditors and driver issues. Rumors had's world for more than a week that lenders were in the process of repossessing Celadon Group's equipment.
Celadon Group was an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning the company delivers mixed freight. This type of trucking is opposite a Truckload (LT) carrier that delivers trucks containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. In 2018, Celadon Group Inc. generated an annual revenue of more than $856 million, with more than 2500 drivers operating 2390 semi-trucks.
During the tumultuous time of bankruptcy, the company failed to tell employees of the expected shutdown while at the same time advising customers it was time to find another transportation provider to deliver their goods. Customers and employees state that the lack of communication at the top of Celadon Group leadership added to the confusion of what came next.
Early reports indicate that two of the company's executives had been accused of participating in a $60 million fraud scheme. The US Attorney of the Southern District of Indiana charged the executives with crimes, including fraud. The attorney alleges that the executives had concealed millions of dollars in company losses from lenders and shareholders. Both men were arrested and charged with nine counts of fraud. If found guilty, the executives could spend decades in prison. The bankruptcy is expected to affect 4000 jobs.
Contact information for Celadon Group Inc. include:
9503 E. 33rd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46235
(317) 972-7000 (phone)
(317) 890-9414 (fax)
Celadon Group Truck Accidents in 2019
All major trucking companies and carriers travel millions of miles crisscrossing Northern America every year. The heavy schedules and hours on the road but every driver risk of being involved in an accident. Just a small sampling of the crashes and collisions involving Celadon Group and 2019 include:
- Crash on December 21, 2019 - The Durham Police Department filed a report involving two vehicles, including a celadon group single unit truck traveling in the dark on a dry surface. The accident occurred on Elizabeth St. in Durham, NC. The report indicates that there were two injuries and no fatalities.
- Accident of November 14, 2019 - Law enforcement report an accident of a rollover involving a fixed object and a celadon group semi-tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Emerson, Georgia. The accident occurred during daylight hours on a wet surface. The report indicates there was one injury and no fatalities.
- Crash on November 1, 2019 - The DeKalb County Police Department filed a report indicating that a company semi-tractor-trailer collided with a motor vehicle on Interstate 75 S. in Georgia on a two-way, divided roadway. At the time of the incident, there was no adverse weather conditions, and the road surface was dry during the nighttime hours.
- Accident on November 11, 2019 - The Shelby Sheriff's Department filed a report indicating a one-vehicle accident occurred involving a celadon group semi-tractor-trailer with an enclosed box. Snowy conditions led the vehicle into a ditch on a snowy surface in Shelbyville, Indiana. The report indicates there was one injury.
- Crash on October 28, 2019 - Law enforcement filed a report of a collision involving five vehicles. At the time of the accident, there were no adverse weather conditions, and the road surface was dry during daylight hours. The incident occurred on I 75 in the Township of Dinsmore, Ohio. There was one injury.
- Collision on November 5, 2019 - Tennessee Highway Patrol filed a report indicating that a celadon group tractor and trailer collided with a motor vehicle on Interstate 75 and carry bill, Tennessee. At the time of the accident, there was no adverse weather conditions on the dry road at night. The report indicates there were three injuries.
- Accident on April 30, 2019 - the Warren County Sheriff's office filed a report involving a fatality. The collision involved a pedestrian at a celadon group intermodal tractor-trailer in the Township of turtle Creek, Ohio. During the nighttime accident, there were no adverse weather conditions, and the roadway was dry.
The Common Causes of Semi-truck Collisions
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes with large commercial trucks in the US cause catastrophic injuries to passenger vehicles because of:
- Accidents Caused by Blind Spots - Many accidents are caused by a passenger vehicle motorist not seeing a large commercial vehicle to the right or left due to their blind spot. Before changing lanes, it is crucial to identify any car, truck, or commercial van driving to the left, right, and behind.
- Drive Driving Under the Influence - Truckers must avoid consuming alcohol or taking illegal drugs, including stimulants, which can create a dangerous scenario for all those sharing the road.
- Drowsy Driving - The demands of truck driving often requires the truck or to operate their vehicle for many hours without taking a break, which can lead to drowsy driving.
- Aggressive Behavior - Any driver operating their vehicle aggressively could cause severe injury or wrongful death of an innocent passenger or other motorists.
- Distracted Driving - Any distraction like speaking on a smartphone or sending text messages is prohibited by law and creates a dangerous scenario for everyone sharing the roadway.
Sometimes, a commercial vehicle driver will cause an accident because of erratic movements, or they were fatigued, having worked too many hours on a tight schedule. In these cases, the trucker and the trucking company should be held legally liable for causing the crash and all the costs associated with injuries or wrongful death of innocent victims.
Filing a Compensation Lawsuit for Personal Injuries Related to a Truck Accident
All parties injured in a crash involving a cargo van, commercial truck, or semi-tractor-trailer has a legal right to seek financial compensation through a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties at fault for the collision. To successfully resolve your case, you must abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a claim to the insurance company or a lawsuit to the judge and jury. The rules involving personal injury cases are complicated. All injured parties have a legal right to file a claim for financial recovery or lawsuit against the trucker, trucking company to ensure they obtain compensation through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or from a jury trial award.
Trucking accident claims for monetary recovery provide an avenue for victims to obtain financial compensation for their damages involving:
- Hospital costs, medical expenses, and bills associated with rehab and therapy
- Lost income due to missed work: Loss of earnings from a permanent or temporary disability (past, current, and future)
- Rental vehicle costs while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- Physical damages including the loss of your vehicle
- Emotional trauma and mental stress
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC stand ready to hear the merits of your case if a large commercial vehicle caused your injuries or the loss of a loved one (wrongful death). Our legal team maintains an aggressive position to develop a healthy strategy on your behalf to fight back against large trucking companies hoping to avoid legal liability for your severe or deadly accident. The attorneys at (888) 424-5757 work on a contingency fee basis, which means no upfront fees are required, and all legal services are paid from an award at trial, or through an out-of-court settlement. Contact us today!