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Old Dominion Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents are catastrophic due to the sheer size of trucks and their weight, which can be as much as 80,000 pounds. Every 15 minutes in the US, a road user is injured in a semi-truck accident, suffering severe injuries and often fatalities.

The mind-blowing fact is that 97% of deaths in accidents with large commercial trucks are in the passenger vehicle. Often innocent other motorists pay the ultimate price for truck driver negligence.

With 10,719 vehicles on the road and 12,855 drivers in their employ, traveling the length and breadth of the US, an Old Dominion Freight Line truck accident is inevitable.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for Old Dominion Truck Driver Victims

If you were injured in an Old Dominion Freight Line truck accident, the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you in receiving compensation for all medical expenses and other damages.

Contact our truck accident lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to schedule a free consultation regarding your legal rights or to file an injury claim.

Old Dominion Freight Line Truck Company

Earl and Lillian Congdon founded Old Dominion Freight Line [1] in 1934, operating a single truck in Virginia. Over the decades, the freight line has transformed into a global transportation company and LTL (less than load) freight delivery service with over 20,000 employees.

During World War II, the Old Dominion freight line increased business traveling between Norfork, Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia. Throughout the 1970s, the company extended its coverage to Southern in northeastern regions by acquiring White Transport, Nilson Motor Express, Deaton Trucking, Star Transport, and Barnes Truck Line.

During the early 1980s, the freight line extended services to Chicago, Dallas, California, Tennessee, and Florida after the Congressional deregulation of the trucking industry.

Old Dominion Freight Company Services 235 Centers in The US

In 2018, Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company generated annual gross revenue of $3,304,000,000 [2]. Currently, more than 12,855 drivers operate 10,719 trucks throughout North America. 

Today, the freight company operates 235 service centers throughout the continental United States as part of SmartWay Transport, a partnership collaboration that shares logistics, carriers, and freight shippers.

Old Dominion Freight Line is primarily a Truckload (LT) carrier, meaning the company delivers one truckload containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations. LT trucking is the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight.  Old Dominion Freight Line also transports hazardous materials.

Old Dominion Freight Line Safety Statistics

The FMCSA releases statistics each year to assist trucking companies in identifying improvement areas for truck safety and as a preventative measure to truck and car accidents. In December 2022, the last two years’ accident statistics of Old Dominion Freight Line trucking company were released, and they stated the following –

  • Total truck accidents – 724
  • Fatal injuries in truck accidents – 30
  • Injury truck accidents – 191
  • Accidents requiring towing- 503
  • Unsafe driving violations – 606
  • Drug and alcohol violations of drivers – 1
  • Hours of service violations – 147
  • Vehicle maintenance violations – 1,324
  • Vehicle inspections: 3,561 – conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) [3]
  • Drivers inspections: 5,160 – conducted by FMCSA
  • Hazardous material compliance inspections: 1,211 – conducted by FMCSA
  • Out-of-service vehicles – 8.7% (national average – 21.4%)
  • Out-of-service drivers 0.5% (national average – 6.0%)
  • Out-of-service hazardous materials vehicles – 3.5% (national average – 4.5%)
  • Drivers fitness violations: 36

Old Dominion Freight Line Accidents

Fatalities in large truck accidents have increased yearly over decades. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [4] reports more highway deaths yearly than ever before. Out of the 42,915 people who died in highway and traffic accidents in America in 2021, over 5,601 were involved in accidents with large commercial trucks.

Like all large commercial truck companies, Old Dominion Freight Lines deal with hundreds of accidents with and without injuries and fatalities each year. These accidents are often the result of substantial demand to ensure that Old Dominion freight line truck delivery is made on schedule.

Unfortunately, this demand stresses truckers wanting to arrive on time. As a result, truck drivers put other drivers on the road at risk due to their fatigue from working long hours. A small sampling of Old Dominion Freight Line trucking accidents includes:

  • Fatal Accident on June 25, 2019 – The Washington State Patrol reported a deadly accident on State Route 161 in Puyallup, Washington. The report indicates that an Old Dominion Freight Line single-unit truck collided with another motor vehicle on a divided two-way road during daylight hours, resulting in a fatality.
  • Fatal Accident on October 8, 2019 – The Seattle City Police reported a deadly accident involving two vehicles, including an Old Dominion Freight Line tractor-trailer. The incident occurred on a divided two-way road (Airport Way) in Seattle, Washington. The accident resulted in one fatality.
  • Accident on November 5, 2019 – The Georgia State Police reported an accident involving an Old Dominion freight line tractor-trailer rolling over and hitting a fixed object before colliding with a parked motor vehicle. The incident occurred on Interstate 20 near mile marker 39 in Georgia. The accident resulted in one injury.
  • Crash on December 15, 2019 – Local law enforcement reported a collision involving a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding with two other vehicles on a divided two-way road on Route 58 in Virginia, which resulted in one injury.
  • Collision on December 28, 2019 – The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a three-vehicle crash on an undivided two-way road on Interstate 35 in Olathe, Kansas. The collision caused one injury.
  • Crash on October 30, 2020 – The San Diego City Police reported a two-vehicle crash on Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood St. in San Diego, CA. The collision involved an Old Dominion freight line semi-tractor trailer colliding with a new motor vehicle. The crash resulted in three injuries.
  • Crash on December 19, 2021 – The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported an accident involving an Old Dominion tractor-trailer crashing into another vehicle and a movable object on a divided two-way road (Interstate 20) in rural Talladega, Alabama. The crash resulted in one injury.
  • Crash on November 21, 2021 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a crash involving an Old Dominion freight line truck and trailer colliding with another vehicle on Interstate 81 in East Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, during daylight hours on a dry road surface. The incident resulted in one injury.

Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents In The Trucking Industry

Statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed many of the common causes associated with large commercial vehicles of freight companies in the United States that include:

  • Aggressive Behavior – Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in preventable death or severe injuries to innocent other drivers and their passengers
  • Distracted Driving – Truckers 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 Impaired – It is illegal to consume too much alcohol or use illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. This reckless behavior could result in devastating collisions with other road users.
  • Drowsy Driving – Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.

Sometimes, commercial truckers are found responsible for causing an accident because of their erratic movements because they are tired, exhausted, or meeting tight schedule demands.

In these cases, attorneys working on behalf of their clients can obtain monetary recovery because they can prove to the claim’s adjuster or jury that the trucker and trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the road.

Filing A Claim for Compensation Against Old Dominion Freight Line Truck Drivers

Individuals who suffered injuries in a collision with cargo vans, semi-tractor-trailers, or commercial trucks can file a lawsuit or claim and seek monetary recovery from all individuals and companies responsible for the horrific event.

To ensure success, the victim must abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a compensation case. The process can be complicated and more than often requires the services of an experienced truck accident attorney.

Injured parties have the right to file a lawsuit in a timely manner and present their case to a judge. Alternatively, they can file a claim and negotiate an acceptable settlement with the insurance company to ensure that all responsible parties at fault pay for damages.

Filing an Old Dominion truck accident claim for compensation ensures that the victim can receive economic recovery for their damages, including –

  • Hospital expenses, medical bills, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation
  • Loss of past wages due to time away from work
  • Lost earnings (diminished current and future earnings)
  • Car rental, while your vehicle is under repair
  • The cost of replacement of your totaled car or truck
  • Mental anguish and emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering

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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Make the Difference for Old Dominion Freight Line Crash Victims

The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC remain committed to resolving tractor-trailer accidents where Old Dominion Freight Line truck victims sustained severe injuries or were wrongfully killed in the truck accident.

Our strong truck accident team of dedicated attorneys will provide you with immediate representation on your behalf and develop effective strategies to fight back against the trucking companies hoping to dismiss their legal responsibility.

Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 or with the contact form to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer from our law firm.

Contingency Fee Agreement

Our truck accident attorneys accept all truck accident cases and wrongful death claims on a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement ensures our clients have legal representation without paying any upfront out-of-pocket expenses.

Our law firm advances all expenses in resolving personal injury claims and only gets paid when negotiating a settlement or winning a jury trial award. Our “No-Win/No-Fee” Guarantee is simple: Our Old Dominion truck accident lawyers do not get paid if you do not win!

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Resources: [1] Old Dominion Freight Line, [2] Investor Relations, [3] FMCSA, [4] NHTSA

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