Attorneys for People Injured in Heartland Express Trucking Accidents
Heartland express was founded in 1955, hauling Whirlpool washing machines in the midwest. The company expanded until the late 1970s into a fleet of sixteen trucks. After the company was sold in 1968, the business grew to one of the nation's largest trucking companies, providing short-to-medium truckload hauling throughout the United States.
The company concentrates his delivery primarily from the western Pennsylvania/New York border to all regions east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of their shipments occur throughout the southwest and midwest regions. Recently, the company has expanded its service to meet the east coast and west coast needs, serving all the lower forty-eight states.
Heartland Express has twenty express service terminals throughout the United States from the west coast into the midwest and on the eastern seaboard. In 2018, the company generated an annual revenue of $607 million. The contact information for Heartland Express includes:
901 N. Kansas Ave.
North Liberty, IA 52317
Website Address: https://www.heartlandexpress.com/
Heartland Express is 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.
Serious Accidents Involving Heartland Express
Statistics maintained by the NHTSA reveal that by the year 2030, the leading cause of death in the United States will be road crashes. In 2017, there were more than 5650 fatalities associated with commercial truck accidents that killed the trucker, other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
Like all major truck lines, Heartland Express must meet the increasing demand for on-time deliveries handled through tight schedules. The additional burden of on-time delivery increases the potential risk of trucker injuries caused by a crash and places motorists and pedestrians in harm's way. A small sampling of accidents involving Heartland Express Inc. of Iowa truck fleet in 2019 include:
- Crash on December 7, 2019 - The New York Police City Department filed a report concerning a heartland express semi-tractor pulling and enclosed box trailer that collided into two other vehicles on a divided two-way road in New York. The accident occurred in the dark on a dry road surface. The report states there were three injuries.
- Collision on December 6, 2019 - The Florida Highway Patrol filed a report involving a Heartland Express semi-tractor, pulling and enclosed box trailer, on a divided two-way road that crash into three other vehicles. The incident occurred on Poinciana Blvd. in Kissimmee, Florida, during the daytime on a dry road. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on November 13, 2019 - The Ohio County Sheriff Department filed a report of a semi-tractor pulling and enclosed box trailer on a divided two-way road and Cromwell, Kentucky. The accident involved a collision with a motor vehicle in transport during daylight hours on a dry road surface. The crash resulted in an injury.
- Crash on October 26, 2019 - The Oregon State Police filed a report concerning a Partly Express semi-truck pulling an enclosed box trailer on Interstate 84 E. of the Highway 30 exit and Cascade Locks, Oregon. The accident involved a collision with another motor vehicle that resulted in an injury.
- Accident on October 21, 2019 - The Washing State Patrol file a report involving an enclosed box van driving on a divided two-way road on Interstate 5. The accident involved a collision with a fixed object and for their motor vehicles in transport. The accident occurred on a wet roadway during rainy conditions in the daytime, resulting in one injury.
- Crash on October 2, 2019 - The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office filed a report of a semi-tractor-trailer traveling on the two-way road (US 23) and colliding with another motor vehicle during the daylight hours on a dry road surface. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Collision on September 26, 2019 - Local Law Enforcement filed a report of a semi-tractor-trailer driving on a divided two-way road in Somerville South Carolina. The accident of all the collision with a motor vehicle during daylight hours on dry road conditions that resulted in one injury.
Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Crashes
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), many accidents in the United States, including large commercial trucks involve:
- Reckless Driving Behavior - Any aggressive behavior by a motorist involved in a collision could kill, injure, or maim innocent victims, including passengers and other drivers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Driving Too Fast - Commercial vehicle is loaded with cargo can weigh thousands of pounds. When the trucker's moving too fast, they can quickly lose control, making it challenging to maneuver out of the way or stop before crashing into others. Victims of commercial trucking accidents are often injured or died needlessly due to excessive speed.
- Drowsy Driving - Truckers often work long hours under grueling conditions and erratic scheduling. A failure to get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel could cause catastrophic results.
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, 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.
A Remedy for a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death-Related to a Truck Crash
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. However, the victim must follow Illinois tort laws to build and present a case for compensation. Often, the process is complicated. In nearly all circumstances, the victim will submit a claim for compensation or file a lawsuit against all responsible parties to ensure their case to settle through negotiation out of court or litigation in front of a judge.
Trucking accident claims for monetary recovery provide an avenue for victims to obtain financial compensation for their damages involving:
- Hospital bills, medical costs, and expenses of rehab and therapies
- Lost past, present, and future earnings caused by time away from your job
- 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 dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have been successful in handling many truck accident cases for clients suffering injuries caused by large commercial trucks. 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. 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!