Attorneys for People Injured in Saia Motor Freight Line Trucking Accidents
Louis Saia founded Saia Motor Freight Line in 1924 in Houma, Louisiana, transporting produce using the family car with the seats removed. Saia grew, and by 1970, the company expanded throughout Louisiana and into Texas. Today, the company is the largest LTL (less than load) carrier in America, providing services throughout the Southeast United States through twenty-three terminals.
Preston Trucking purchased the company in 1987, and by 1993, Yellow Corporation bought Preston. A few years later, Smalley Transportation merged with Yellow Corp.-owned Saia, expanding the company into western Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina. By 2002, Yellow Corp.-subsidiary Jevic Transportation and Saia spun off to what is today SCST.
Today, the company operates 163 terminals throughout Canada and forty-one states in America. Saia also provides deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Mexico through its network of partners. In 2018, Saia Motor Freight Line generated an annual gross revenue of $1,405,000,000. The company's 5221 truck drivers operate more than 5040 trucks. The company does not transport hazardous material.
Current contact information for the company includes
Saia Motor Freight Line LLC
11465 Johns Creek Pkwy. Suite 400
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(770) 232-5067 (phone)
(770) 232-4066 (fax line)
Saia Motor Freight Line 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.
Saia Motor Freight Line Accidents with Injuries and Fatalities
There are nearly 500,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles, including delivery trucks and big rigs each year, resulting in more than 5000 fatalities. Many motorists are aware of the presented dangers of driving around large vehicles on streets, roads and freeways. Both the motorist and a truck driver can create an unsafe environment by abruptly changing lanes, maneuvering improperly when making a right or left turn, or failing to slow down or speed up when merging or changing lanes.
Like all commercial vehicle companies in the trucking industry, Saia Motor Freight Line must ensure their deliveries are on time to remain competitive. Unfortunately, staying on schedule often requires the trucker to work long hours in tight constraints during hazardous weather conditions. This added pressure can place the trucker, motorists, passengers, pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicyclists at risk of serious harm, injury, or wrongful death. A small sampling of recent Saia Motor Freight Line accidents include:
- Fatal Accident on November 6, 2019 - The Town of Brookfield Police Department reported a deadly crash involving two vehicles under snowy conditions on a divided two-way road near Brookfield, Wisconsin. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on April 5, 2019 - The Fontana Police Department reported a deadly crash involving two vehicles on Jurupa Ave in Fontana, CA. The accident resulted in one fatality.
- Fatal accident On September 21, 2019 - The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a deadly accident on Interstate 44 involving a Saia Motor Freight Line truck with a double trailer colliding with the pedestrian. The accident occurred in the dark with dry road conditions and resulted in one fatality.
- Accident on December 13, 2019 - The Smithville Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash on a divided two-way road. The accident involved a Saia Motor Freight Line crash with another motor vehicle during daylight hours on a dry road surface in Smithville, Texas. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on November 11, 2019 - The Wanaque Boro Police Department reported on Route 511 in Wanaque Boro, New Jersey. The incident involved a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer during daylight hours, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on December 12, 2019 - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported a 2-vehicle accident involving a Saia Motor Freight Line Intermodal semi-tractor-trailer colliding with another vehicle in Interstate 35 and Moore, Oklahoma, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on December 14, 2019 - The Nevada Highway Patrol reported an eight-vehicle crash on Route 2. The incident involving a Saia Motor Freight Line tractor truck with a double trailer occurred at night. The accident resulted in four injuries.
- Crash on December 3, 2019 - The Washington State Patrol reported a 3-vehicle collision involving a rollover on Interstate 90 on a dark, icy roadway surface. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on September 25, 2019 - The Lakemoor Police Department reported a 2-vehicle collision on Illinois 120 near Lakemoor, Illinois. The incident resulted in one injury.
Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Collisions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics reveal that accidents involving large commercial and vehicles in America involve:
Driving Under the Influence - Truckers must avoid consuming alcohol or taking illegal drugs, including stimulants, which can create a dangerous scenario for all those sharing the road.
Distracted Driving - Truckers are often distracted while looking at their GPS device, talking on a smartphone, reading text messages or emails, or eating/drinking beverages while driving.
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.
Aggressive Behavior - Aggressively operating a vehicle could result in wrongful death or severe injuries of innocent passengers and motorists.
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, lawyers can obtain financial compensation for their clients because they proved the trucker, and the trucking company failed to maintain a safe environment for those sharing the roadway, which led to an accident.
Financial Remedy for an Injury or Wrongful Death-Related to a Truck Crash
Any victim has suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of a large commercial truck accident can file a lawsuit and seek damages from every party at fault. You can resolve your case successfully if you abide by Illinois tort laws when presenting a case in front of a judge or filing a claim with the insurance company adjuster. These cases tend to be highly complex. 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.
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:
- Ongoing medical bills and hospital costs
- Past, present and future earnings because of a permanent or temporary disability
- Rental vehicle expenses while your car or truck is under repair
- The cost of replacement of your total car or truck
- Mental stress and emotional 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. 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.
Contact us today at (888) 424-5757, so we can begin working on your case immediately. Our legal team accepts all cases through a contingency fee agreement. This arrangement ensures you will not pay anything until after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement.