Central Freight Lines Truck Accident Attorneys
W.W. "Woody" Callan founded Central Freight Lines (CFL) in 1925 in Waco, Texas, after purchasing a Ford Model T to drive freight from Dallas to Waco for a local merchant. Mr. Callan named the business Central Forwarding and Warehouse Company. Two years later, the company started regular routes to Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. By 1938 the company's Dallas facility became the largest global freight facility.
Woody's son Woodie Callan, Jr. became the third president of the company in 1979. By 1984, the business purchased Perry Motor Freight and Curry Motor Freight, and by 1991, received authority to operate in all forty-eight Continental states in America. In 1999, the Company acquired Jaguar Fast Freight, Arizona Carrier, and Sacramento, CA-based expanding their services into Nevada and California. CFL Network expended the business to 49 states in 2009.
In 2018, the company generated annual revenue of more than $263 million. Central Freight Lines is a Truckload (LT) carrier, meaning the company delivers one truckload containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. This type of trucking is opposite an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight. In 2013, the company purchased 100 Freightliner semi-tractors that operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) and 400 28 foot Pup trailers. These new Freightliner commercial vehicles added to their more than 1750 trucks operated by 1518 drivers.
Contact information for Central Freight Lines includes:
5601 W. Waco Dr., PO Box 2638
Waco, TX 76710
(800) 72-5036 (toll-free)
Currently, the majority of Central Freight Lines deliveries occur across America southern borders from California to Florida and northward to Virginia. The company also has a partner carrier service throughout Colorado from Durango to Steamboat Springs.
Accidents Involving Central Freight Lines in 2019
Every US large trucking company, including Central Freight Lines, travels millions of miles across Northern America every year. The tight schedules and massive demand for delivering freight on-time place their truck drivers and others at risk of being involved in an accident. A small sampling of crashes that occurred involving Central Freight Lines at 2019 include:
- Crash on October 23, 2019 - The California Highway Patrol filed a report of a collision involving three vehicles. The report indicates that a semi-tractor-trailer owned and operated by Central Freight Lines collided into a motor vehicle on SR 60 in Pomona, California. The incident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on November 27, 2019 - The Hidalgo Police Department filed a report involving a company semi-tractor-trailer and another vehicle on Ramon Ayala Drive and Hidalgo, Texas. The incident occurred during daylight hours with no adverse weather conditions. There were two injuries reported.
- Collision on October 16, 2019 - The Simi Valley Police Department filed a report involving a Central freight line semi-tractor-trailer and another motor vehicle on Alamo St. in Simi Valley, CA. At the time of the accident, there were no adverse weather conditions, and the road surface was dry during daylight hours. The report indicates there were two injuries.
- Accident on September 12, 2019 - The Houston Police Department filed a report involving a company semi-tractor-trailer and another vehicle on Northwest Freeway in Houston, TX. The incident occurred in the dark on a dry road surface during no adverse weather conditions. There was one injury.
- Accident on September 20, 2019 - The Victoria Police Department filed a report indicating that a Center Freight Lines semi-tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle on Lawrence Street, Victoria, Texas, during daylight hours. At the time, there were no adverse weather conditions, and the road surface was dry. There was one reported injury.
- Crash on August 20, 2019 - Law enforcement filed a report of an accident involving three vehicles, including a collision with a motor vehicle. The accident involved a Central freight lines semi-tractor-trailer on Lane Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida. Law enforcement reported two injuries.
Common Causes of a Large Commercial Truck Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics reveal that accidents involving large commercial and vehicles in America involve:
- Distracted Driving - Trucker should avoid the trappings of driving over an extended time, like talking on their mobile device or sending text messages, which could lead to distracted driving.
- Driving Under the Influence - Operating a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can create a dangerous situation for everyone sharing the roadway.
- Failing to Calculate the Commercial Truck's Approaching Speed - Most accidents involving a left turn are the result of the motorist's inability to process the speed and depth of oncoming traffic. When a passenger vehicle turns into the pathway of an oncoming commercial vehicle, the results are often deadly.
- Aggressive Behavior - Aggressive behavior by any driver involved in a crash could result in serious injuries or wrongful death of innocent drivers or passengers.
- Tailgating - Driving too close in front of the car or large commercial vehicle ahead puts the motorists and passengers at risk should that vehicle come to a quick stop. Tailgating often failed to anticipate how much distance and time will need to halt without causing a crash. Additionally, tailgating obstructs the trucker's view that there is a vehicle close behind.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
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, both the trucking company and the truck driver should be held legally responsible for the crash and pay all associated costs and expenses that led to the wrongful death or severe injury.
Filing a Claim for Compensation for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death
Every victim injured by a commercial van, truck, or semi-tractor-trailer has the legal right to file a lawsuit or claim seeking financial damages from every party at fault. You can resolve your case quickly by following the rules associated with Illinois tort laws when presenting evidence in front of a judge and jury or filing for compensation with an insurance company claims adjuster. However, these laws tend to be highly 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.
Filing a truck accident claim for compensation ensures that the victim can receive economic recovery for their damages it, including:
- Hospital expenses, medical bills, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost income due to missed work: Loss of earnings from a permanent or temporary disability (past, current, and future)
- Car rental while your vehicle is under repair
- Physical damages including the loss of your vehicle
- Emotional anguish and mental stress
- Pain and suffering
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