Attorneys for People Injured in Estes Express Lines Trucking Accidents
Estes Express Lines operates the largest privately owned carrier of freight transportation in Northern America. The Company has been in business for more than 90 years delivering improved technological advancements in the trucking industry and flexible freight transportation opportunities.
W.W. Estes found that the company in 1935 during the Great Depression. The trucking company expanded well into the 1970s when the owner died. At that time, Estes Express Lines generated approximately $10 million a year in revenue. By 2018, the company generated annual revenue of $2,557,000,000. The founder's grandson, Rob Estes, Jr., has operated the company since 1981.
The company employees a workforce of 18,000, including 8100 truckers driving more than 6700 trucks hauling over 28,400 trailers. Estes Express Lines company provides less than truckload (LTL) service, and time-critical, residential, custom shipping services, along with volume truckload deliveries handled domestically and internationally.
Contact information at the corporate office of Estes Express Lines includes:
3901 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 353-1900 (phone)
(804) 353-8001 (fax)
Website Address: https://www.estes-express.com/
Estes Express 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 the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight.
Accidents involving Estes Express Lines in 2019 and 2020
According to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), there were over 400,000 reported crashes in America in 2015, involving commercial vehicles. Out of all of the total accidents, more than 3850 victims died. The number of deaths on America highways due to large trucks has risen more than twenty-two percent since 2009.
The increased demands of on-time delivery and tight scheduling places all truckers, including those that were for Estes Express Lines at risk of causing an accident due to fatigue, distraction, or working long hours. In 2019, the company handled many accidents with and without injuries, and fatalities. A small sampling includes:
- Accident on January 7, 2020 - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department filed a report concerning a tractor-trailer collision with the motor vehicle in transport. The incident occurred on Old Statesville Rd. in Charlotte, NC, during the daylight hours in rainy conditions and wet surface roads. The report indicates there was one injury.
- Crash on October 23, 2019 - The Illinois State police filed a report involving a semi-tractor with a double trailer traveling on a divided two-way road (Interstate 57) engaged in a two-vehicle crash. The incident occurred at night on dry road conditions and no other adverse weather. The report indicates that there was one injury.
- Collision on November 27, 2019 - The Walker Police Department filed a report concerning an Estes Express Lines semi-truck with an enclosed box trailer colliding with a motor vehicle in transport. The accident occurred in Walker, Michigan, during daylight hours in the rain. The report indicates there was one injury and one fatality.
- Accident on December 2, 2019 - The Dallas Police Department file a complaint report involving a semi-tractor pulling a double trailer during daylight hours on a divided, 2-way road (4600 Central Expressway) in Dallas, Texas. The accident involved two vehicles, including one owned by Estes Express Lines. The report indicates there was an injury.
- Accident on October 30, 2019 - Local law enforcement filed a report involving a single-unit truck owned and operated by Estes Express Lines engaged in a three-vehicle crash. The incident occurred on Interstate 70 (westbound) and Donegal Township, Pennsylvania. The report indicates that there was one injury.
- Crash on November 18, 2019 - The Salisbury Police Department filed a report involving an Estes express semi-trailer traveling on a two-way road in Salisbury, North Carolina. The accident, with one reported injury, involved a collision with another motor vehicle.
- Collision on April 18, 2019 - The local law enforcement officers file a report of a three-vehicle accident, including a single-unit truck operated by Estes Express Lines colliding the other vehicles. The accident occurred during daylight hours on a dry road surface. The report indicates that there was one injury.
- Accident on November 11, 2019 - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol filed a report involving an Estes Express Lines semi-tractor-trailer colliding with another motor vehicle on a two-way road in Asheboro, North Carolina. The incident occurred during daylight under no adverse weather conditions. The report indicates there were to injuries.
Common Causes of a Large Commercial Truck Collision
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that truck accidents in the United States often involve:
- Driving Impaired - It is illegal to consume too much alcohol or use illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. This reckless behavior could create a dangerous or life-threatening scenario.
- Aggressive Driving - Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in wrongful death or severe injuries of innocent passengers and motorists.
- Driving Drowsy - Truck drivers should never operate their vehicles for long hours without taking breaks to minimize the potential of driving while tired.
- Distracted Driving - Truckers are often distracted while looking at their GPS device, talking on a smartphone, reading text messages or emails, or eating/drinking beverages while driving.
Sometimes, the commercial trucker is found to be responsible for causing an accident because of their erratic movements because they are tired, fatigued, or meeting the demands of the 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 Compensation Claim for Personal Injury Caused by a Truck Accident
Any person suffering injuries in a crash involving a commercial truck, semi-tractor-trailer, or cargo van can file a case and seek financial compensation from any entity or individual responsible for the accident. To ensure success, the victim must abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a case for compensation. The process can be complicated. The injured victim typically has the right to file a claim for compensation or lawsuit against all responsible parties to negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement or litigate the case in front of a judge and jury.
When a victim files a truck accident claim for compensation, they the financial recovery they deserve to get their lives back on track. Resolving the claim recovers:
- Hospital costs, medical expenses, and bills associated with rehab and therapy
- Loss of past, current, and future earnings due to a permanent or temporary disability
- Rental vehicle costs while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- Permanent or temporary loss of your vehicle
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- 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). The law firm maintains an aggressive position in developing healthy strategies to combat large trucking companies fighting to avoid legal liability for serious, and sometimes deadly, accidents. Call us now at (888) 424-5757.
Let our legal team begin working on your case today. We accept every case through a contingency fee arrangement. This agreement ensures that your family does not pay anything until after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.