Attorneys for People Injured in Pitt Ohio Transportation Group Trucking Accidents
The Hammel Family, including Robert, Kenneth, and Charles III, founded Pitt Ohio, in 1978, and began operating the business the following year. Charles L Hammel III now manages the company without his brothers. Pitt Ohio employs over 3000 workers, including 1793 drivers running 1287 trucks. In the early 80s, the company opened a second terminal in Cleveland Ohio, followed by additional terminals in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Today, the company offers LTL (less than load) services, ground service, and other expedited delivery services.
During the first decade of the new millennium, the company joined Lakeville Motor Express, creating the Reliance Network, a coalition of various trucking companies that provide freight services throughout North America. These companies include Averitt, Peninsula Truck Lines, Lakeville Motor Express, Mountain Valley Express, Canadian Freightways, Kingsway Transport, and Pitt Ohio.
In 2018, Pitt Ohio Transportation Group generated a gross annual revenue of $556 million. The company does not transport hazardous materials.
The current contact information for Pitt Ohio includes:
Pitt Ohio Express
15 27th St.
Pittsburg, P.A. 15222
(412) 232-3015 (phone)
(412) 232-1303 (fax line)
Website Address: http://www.supplychain247.com/company/pitt_ohio
The Pitt Ohio Transportation Group 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.
The Pitt Ohio Transportation Group Accidents
More than two out of every three fatal truck accidents happen in rural areas and involve other motorists/passengers and pedestrians. Surprisingly, most of these commercial vehicle accidents occur on dry roads when the weather is clear. Some of the crashes are the result of driver fatigue, careless operation of their vehicle, unsafe maneuvering, improper loading, or lack of maintenance.
Pitt Ohio Express, like all commercial vehicle companies in the trucking industry, deals with hundreds of accidents every year when their truckers in their fleet fail to follow safety regulations. Many of these drivers are under a heavy burden to ensure that their deliveries are made on time as scheduled. As a result, others sharing the roadway are often at risk for severe injury or wrongful death. A small sampling of Pitt Ohio accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on June 15, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a deadly accident on John Hansen Hwy. in Maryland involving a Pitt Ohio semi-tractor-trailer and to other motor vehicles. The accident resulted in one injury and one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on July 17, 2018 - The Swanton Law Enforcement reported a deadly crash involving a pedestrian and a Pit Ohio semi-tractor-trailer on a divided two-way road (interstate Route 80) and the Township of Harris, Ohio. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on February 13, 2018 - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office reported a deadly 3-vehicle accident involving a Pitt Ohio semi-tractor-trailer on an undivided two-way road (Frank Road), and the Township of Franklin, Ohio. The accident resulted in one injury and one fatality.
- Accident on December 9, 2019 - The Virginia State police reported a 2-vehicle collision on an undivided two-way road (Route 15) in Virginia during daylight hours. The accident involved a Pitt Ohio single unit (2 axles) truck that collided into another vehicle. The accident resulted in three injuries.
- Crash on November 11, 2019 - The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office reported a two-vehicle collision, including a Pitt Ohio semi-tractor-trailer on an undivided two-way road and Comstock Township, Michigan, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on August 8, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a crash involving a Pitt Ohio truck with another motor vehicle on Route 31 in Somerset Borough, Pennsylvania, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on August 1, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported an accident involving a Pitt Ohio truck colliding with a fixed object on Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania. The accident caused an injury.
Common Causes of a Large Commercial Truck Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that truck accidents n the United States often involve:
- Insufficient Training - Truck drivers with inadequate training can cause catastrophic accidents due to their inexperience with defensive driving, safety concerns, and maneuvering techniques.
- Distracted Driving - Trucker 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 Under the Influence - Taking drugs or consuming too much alcohol and operating a motor vehicle can create a dangerous scenario for everyone sharing the road.
- Aggressive Behavior - Aggressive movement, including traveling at excessive speeds or reckless driving, could result in severe injuries of the wrongful death of innocent victims.
- Unrealistic Expectations and Schedules - Many truck companies encourage their truckers to hurry to ensure that the loads are delivered on time, often at the expense of safety.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
Often, commercial truck drivers involved in accidents will be cited for their erratic movements, failure to ensure the adequate distance between vehicles, or driving distracted while talking on the phone. In these cases, attorneys working on behalf of their clients can obtain monetary recovery because they were able to 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 Compensation Lawsuit for Personal Injuries Related to a Truck Accident
All victims suffering injuries from a cargo van, semi-tractor-trailer, or commercial truck can file a lawsuit or claim and seek financial compensation from each party responsible for the accident. 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. Sometimes, the injured victim will file a claim or lawsuit to recover all of their losses through negotiations with insurance companies or litigation in court to hold the trucking company responsible for damages.
A trucking accident lawsuit is a legal remedy for any injured victim to ensure they receive monetary compensation for their losses, 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)
- Rental vehicle costs while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- The cost of a vehicle replacement
- Emotional stress and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC will discuss the merits of your truck accident case if you suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one (wrongful death) by the reckless actions of a commercial vehicle driver. Our legal team will create an aggressive position in developing a healthy strategy to fight back against the large trucking company that wants to avoid legal responsibility for your family's deadly or severe accident.
Call our network of affiliate attorneys 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.