Oak Harbor Freight Lines Truck Accident Attorneys
Ben Koetje founded Oak Harbor Transfer in 1916 in Oak Harbor, Washington. The company provided cartage carrier servicing throughout the local area and on Whidbey Island. Gus and John Vander Pol purchase the Company for $600 in 1936, assuming its debts. In 1942, the brothers merged their company with Oak Harbor Freight Lines, another area carrier. The youngest brother purchased the company in its entirety from his brothers in 1974.
Deregulation helped the company to grow in the 1980s and expand the business to what it is today, a regional LTL (less than load) carrier providing transport throughout Washington and into Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, and California. In 2018, Oak Harbor Freight Lines generated an annual revenue of more than $208 million. The company's 870 drivers operate more than 725 trucks across the United States. Oak Harbor Freight does not transport hazardous material.
Current contact information for Oak Harbor Freight Lines includes:
Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc.
1339 W. Valley North
Auburn, WA 98001
(206) 246-2600 (phone)
(253) 288-8301 (fax)
Website Address: http://www.oakh.com/
Oak Harbor Freight Lines 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. However, the company also provides guarantee delivery, warehousing in Las Vegas, Nevada, truckload services, and shipping to Canada.
Oak Harbor Freight Lines Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates commercial trucking and provides safety rules. However, accidents still happen, causing severe injuries and wrongful death. According to the NHTSA, there were 4889 bus and commercial vehicle fatal crashes in 2017 in the United States, a rise of nine percent from the previous year.
All major trucking companies, including Oak Harbor Freight Lines, handle hundreds of accidents every year in Northern America. These accidents are often the result of attempting to maintain a tight schedule to ensure on-time delivery. Unfortunately, attempting to maintain a predetermined delivery schedule places a heavy burden on truckers trying to meet their job requirements. As a result, truck drivers and other motorists/passengers sharing the roadway are at risk of serious harm caused by an accident. A small sampling of Oak Harbor Freight Lines accidents includes:
- Fatal Accident on August 25, 2018 - The Washington State Patrol reported a deadly two-vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 243 in Mattawa, Washington. The accident involved a collision with a fixed object before running off the road and colliding into another motor vehicle resulted in one injury and two fatalities.
- Fatal Accident on August 8, 2018 - The Portland Police Bureau reported a deadly accident that happened on Marine Drive at 122nd Ave. NE. in Portland, Oregon. The collision involved another motor vehicle traveling on a two-way undivided roadway during daylight hours, resulting in one fatality.
- Accident on November 6, 2019 - The Oregon State police reported an accident involving an Oak Harbor freight line semi-tractor-trailer colliding with another motor vehicle on Highway 39 in South Klamath Falls, Oregon. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on October 31, 2019 - The Auburn City Police Department reported an accident involving an Oak Harbor Freight Lines semi-tractor-trailer colliding with a motor vehicle on Peasley Canyon Blvd. in Auburn, WA, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on August 9, 2019 - The California Highway Patrol reported a daylight accident involving a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding in with a motor vehicle in an unincorporated area in California. The accident caused one injury.
- Accident on May 24, 2019 - The Oregon State police reported an accident on Interstate 84 in West Datsun, Oregon, involving an Oak Harbor freight lines semi-pulling a triple trailer when colliding with a motor vehicle. The accident that occurred at night resulted in one injury.
- Crash on October 16, 2018 - The Newark Police Department reported an accident involving a company-owned semi-tractor with a double trailer colliding into another motor vehicle on Cherry Street at Smith Ave. in Newark, CA. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on November 22, 2018 - The California Highway Patrol reported collision hitting a fixed object before running off the road. The incident involved in Oak Harbor Freight Lines semi-tractor pulling and enclosed box trailer in Chino, California. The incident resulted in one injury.
- Collision on September 27, 2018 - The California Highway Patrol reported a six-vehicle accident on Route 5 occurring in an unincorporated area of California. The report indicates there were three injuries.
Common Causes of Semi-truck Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics reveal that accidents involving large commercial and vehicles in America involve:
- Commercial Vehicle Brake Problems - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that approximately 27 percent of all commercial trucks have brake issues that could cause an accident.
- 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.
- Driving under the Influence - 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 Behavior - Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in wrongful death or severe injuries of innocent passengers and motorists.
- Drowsy Driving - Truck drivers should never operate their vehicles for long hours without taking breaks to minimize the potential of driving while tired.
Many times, the semi-truck driver has the accident due to erratic movements or because they were driving distracted or while fatigued. 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.
Lawsuit Remedies for a Wrongful Death or Personal Injury-Related Accident
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
- Past, present and future earnings because of a permanent or temporary disability
- Rental car costs while your car is under repair
- The cost of replacement of your total car or truck
- Emotional trauma and mental stress
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are ready to discuss the merits of your vehicle accident case if a large commercial truck claimed the life of your loved one to wrongful death or cause your severe injuries. Our aggressive legal firm will represent you and your family and develop an effective strategy to fight back against the trucking company hoping to avoid legal responsibility (at fault) for causing the wrongful death of a loved one or your injuries.
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