Attorneys for People Injured in New England Motor Freight Trucking Accidents
As one of the nation's largest LTL (less than truckload carriers), New England Motor Freight, Inc. delivers primarily in the Northeast, United States, and into the Midwest and Puerto Rico. Myron Shevell purchased the Elizabeth New Jersey-based company in 1977 from Farmland Dairies. In the years since its initial launch, New England Motor Freight abbreviated its name to NEMF.
In 2018, New England Motor Freight generated an annual gross revenue of $345 million. The company's 1584 drivers operate 1424 semi-tractor trailers. New England Motor Freight does not transport hazardous materials. In February 2019, the company voluntarily filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy for financial relief and "intends to use the proceedings to facilitate an orderly wind-down of its operations." The company's leadership cited a shortage of drivers and rising overhead costs as the cause for disruptive business.
The company provides LTL services, International services, warehousing, truckload deliveries, and logistics. Current contact information for New England Motor Freight includes:
New England Motor Freight, Inc.
1-71 North Ave. E.
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908) 965-0100 (phone)
(908) 351-0153 (fax)
Website Address: http://www.nemf.com/
New England Motor Freight is primarily 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.
New England Motor Freight Accidents
Reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveal that the majority of fatalities involving large commercial vehicle crashes occur because of a collision with a passenger vehicle. Surprisingly, most truck accidents happen on dry roads with no adverse weather conditions.
Like all major trucking companies in the United States, New England Motor Freight must meet on-time demands by their customers to ensure the deliveries arrived on schedule. This increased demand places height restrictions on truckers who are already working long hours to fulfill their job requirements. This added stress places the trucker, other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and others at considerable risk of injury or wrongful death. A small sampling of New England Motor Freight accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on June 28, 2018 - The New York State police - Sidney reported a deadly accident involving a new England motor freight semi-tractor-trailer on a to a divided Road (Route 881) in New York. The incident involved a collision with a motor vehicle during rainy conditions on a wet surface. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on May 2, 2018 - The Hancock County Sheriff's Department reported a deadly accident on State Route 12 involving a New England motor freight semi-trailer colliding with a fixed object, running off the road, and colliding with a motor vehicle in transport. The accident occurred in the Township of Union, Ohio, during daylight hours on a dry road surface. The incident resulted in one fatality in one injury.
- Accident on January 7, 2019 - The Delaware State Highway Patrol reported a two-vehicle accident involving a New England motor freight semi-trailer traveling on a two-way road and the Township of orange, Ohio. The driver collided with work zone maintenance equipment, which resulted in one injury.
- Crash on June 12, 2019 - The New York City Police Department reported a two-vehicle collision on a dry road surface at night and New York City. The accident involved a New England motor freight single unit truck (2 axles), which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on December 5, 2018 - The Maryland State Police reported a three-vehicle crash on the Capital Beltway in Maryland during daylight hours. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on February 1, 2019 - The Ridgefield Park Police Department reported a two-vehicle collision in Bergen County (Ridgefield Park Village), New Jersey. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on January 25, 2019 - The Lee Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash involving a New England motor freight semi-tractor-trailer. The accident occurred on Pleasant St. in Lee, MA, that resulted in two injuries.
The Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), many accidents in the United States, including large commercial trucks involve:
- Truck Driver Inexperience - An inexperienced driver who received inadequate training can be dangerous behind the wheel of a large semi-tractor-trailer traveling on America's interstates. Every new driver must meet nominal criteria, including minimal training before obtaining their professional trucker's license.
- Aggressive Behavior - Any aggressive behavior by a motorist involved in a collision could kill, injure, or maim innocent victims, including passengers and other drivers.
- Driving under the Influence - If the truckers involved in an accident, law enforcement will often perform a test at the accident scene to determine if the truck driver consumed alcohol or took illegal drugs.
- 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.
- Improper Loading - The truck driver might cause a catastrophic accident if the loading crew improperly secures the load or fails or fails to distribute the cargo evenly, leading to a shifting load, a loss of cargo, or a rollover.
- Distracted Driving - There are many distractions inside a commercial vehicle, including quick access to a mobile device, changing the radio station, or looking at a GPS device.
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, judges and juries often find that the trucker and the trucking company is legally responsible for causing the crash and must pay all expenses and costs associated with the victim's recovery or injuries.
Compensation Claim for Truck Truck Accidents with Injury or Wrongful Death
Any individual injured in a collision with a semi-tractor-trailer, cargo van, a commercial vehicle can seek financial compensation through a lawsuit or claim against any responsible party at fault for the crash. Successfully resolving your case requires abiding by Illinois tort laws when filing a claim with the insurance company or presenting a case in front of a judge and jury. The rules involving compensation cases are complex. In nearly every circumstance, the injured victim can file a lawsuit or submit a claim for compensation against every responsible party to ensure they can negotiate their case out of court or litigate evidence 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 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 expenses while your car or truck is under repair
- The cost of a vehicle replacement
- Mental stress and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
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