Attorneys for People Injured in R+L Carriers Trucking Accidents
Ralph "Larry" Roberts purchased a truck to haul furniture in 1965 before being authorized to work with Mayflower Moving and Storage, where R & L Carriers was born. In the following years, the company began expanding after the deregulation of the trucking industry and the US Congressional enactment of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980. Now, the company delivers products and materials to all fifty states along with the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
Over the years, the company expanded by acquiring other trucking companies, including Gator Freightways, Inc., Greenwood Motor Lines, Inc., and Herder Truck Lines, Inc. In 2018, R+L Carriers generated an annual revenue of $1,580,000,000. The company's 5800 truck drivers run 5632 trucks in Northern America. R & L Carriers does not transport hazardous material.
Current contact information for R & L Carriers include:
600 Gillam Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
(937) 385-1494 (phone)
(937) 983-2336 (fax line)
Website Address: https://www.rlcarriers.com/
R+L Carriers 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 the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight. R + L Carriers also provides truckload services, logistics services, value-added services, business-critical services, and technology services.
R + L Carriers Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides safety regulations and rules for commercial truck drivers and other motorists to eliminate accidents on roads and freeways. However, more than 5000 individuals die every year from commercial vehicle-related accidents in America. Many of the victims are truck drivers, motors, passengers, bicyclists, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
R + L Carriers, like all commercial transportation companies in the trucking industry, must ensure that all their deliveries reach their destination on schedule. However, this increasing demand places a significant burden on truck drivers who must work long hours to ensure the shipment arrives on time. The increased burden typically results in hundreds of accidents for companies every year. A small sampling of the R + L Carriers accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on December 27, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a deadly accident involving an R + L Carriers semi-tractor-trailer colliding with the pedestrian on a divided two-way road with a wet surface during daylight hours. The accident resulted in one injury and one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on July 1, 2019 - The Henry County Police Department reported a deadly accident on Interstate 75 (southbound), where an R + L Carriers tractor truck with a double trailer collided with a motor vehicle on a divided two-way road. The collision resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on September 20, 2018 - The Montebello Police Department reported a deadly 2-vehicle accident on Telegraph Rd. in Montebello, CA. The incident involved a company-owned truck tractor (Bobcat) colliding with another motor vehicle that resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on August 7, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a deadly accident on Branch Ave. in Maryland. The incident involved a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding with the pedestrian on driver road conditions at night. The accident resulted in three injuries.
- Accident on December 10, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a 2-vehicle collision involving a company-owned truck traveling on a divided two-way road in an unincorporated area in Florida. The accident occurred during daylight and resulted in one injury.
- Crash on December 17, 2019 - The Ohio State Police - Norwalk reported an R + L Carriers semi-tractor-trailer crashing into a fixed object, running off the road, and colliding with another motor vehicle on State Route 60 in the Township of New London, Ohio. The accident caused one injury.
- Collision on December 16, 2019 - The Memphis Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash involving a company-owned intermodal tractor-trailer colliding with another vehicle on Interstate 240 (westbound) in Memphis, Tennessee, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on November 11, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a four-vehicle collision during daylight hours on Route 322 (westbound) and Wayne Township, Pennsylvania. The accident involved an R + L Carriers semi-trailer truck colliding with other motor vehicles, resulting in three injuries.
Common Causes of Semi-truck Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes with large commercial trucks in the US cause catastrophic injuries to passenger vehicles because of:
- Driving in the "No-Zone" - Tailgating behind a semi-tractor-trailer in a "no zone" creates limited or zero visibility of the truck driver who could stop abruptly causing an accident.
- Aggressive Driving Behavior - Aggressive movements, including traveling at excessive speeds or reckless driving, could result in severe injuries of the wrongful death of innocent victims.
- Improper Merging - All vehicles, including commercial vehicles, must properly merge into a lane of traffic without breaking quickly or unsafely maneuvering into the next lane.
- 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 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.
Sometimes, the commercial vehicle driver will cause a crash because of their erratic movements or failure to ensure there was a substantial distance between their vehicle and those sharing the roadway. 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.
Filing a Compensation Lawsuit for Personal Injuries Related to a Truck 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. 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.
Any victim can file a truck accident claim if they have been injured or suffered losses, or wrongful death. A full recovery will ensure they have adequate compensation for:
- Hospital expenses, medical bills, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation
- Lost past, present, and future earnings caused by time away from your job
- Car rental while your vehicle is under repair
- Physical damages including the 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 aggressive legal firm will work for your family to develop effective strategies for fighting back against the commercial truck company hoping to avoid legal responsibility for causing the wrongful death of a loved one or your injuries.
Our law firm at (888) 424-5757 accepts all cases through contingency fee agreements. This arrangement means that no upfront fees are paid until we have won a jury trial award, or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement. Contact us today!