Southeastern Freight Lines Truck Accident Attorneys
William Cassels founded Southeastern Freight Lines in 1950 in Lexington, South Carolina, starting with twenty employees and eleven trucks. By 1975, William's son Bill Cassels became the company's president. In 1996, the company expanded to a facility in New Orleans, Louisiana and then into Tyler, Texas, and 2005. By 2013, the company built a Houston facility in Lubbock.
Today, the company operates eighty-eight service centers in the Southwest, Southeast, and Puerto Rico. Southeastern Freight Lines also delivers internationally to the US Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Canada. The more than 4045 truck drivers operate over 3000 trucks in North America. The company does not transport hazardous materials. In 2018, Southeastern Freight Lines generated an annual gross revenue of $1,116,000,000.
Current contact information for the company includes:
Southeastern Freight Lines
420 Davega Road
Lexington, SC 29073
(704) 504-8356 (phone)
(704) 583-3284 (fax)
Website Address: https://www.sefl.com/
Southeastern 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 the opposite of an LTL (less than truckload) carrier with a mixed freight.
Southeastern Freight Lines Accidents Involving Injuries and Fatalities
Regulations mandated by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require every trucking carrier to carry full insurance. The Trucking Industry and insurance carriers pay out over $20 billion every year to settle accidents involving semi-tractor-trailers that caused injury or wrongful death to truckers and others. Statistics show that there over 5000 deaths associated with commercial vehicles every year in the United States.
Southeastern Freight Lines, like all commercial vehicle companies in the trucking industry, must ensure that their deliveries reach their destination on time. Because of that, truckers must meet their deadlines under unrealistic scheduling, ensuring that they will work long hours behind the wheel. This heavy burden of on-time delivery creates an unsafe environment for the trucker and everyone sharing the roadway. A small sampling of the recent Southeastern Freight Lines accidents involving fatalities and injuries include:
- Fatal Accident on November 5, 2019 - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported a deadly 3-vehicle accident that resulted in one death and two injuries. The incident involving a Southeastern Freight Lines tractor truck with a double trailer occurred in the dark in Pembroke, North Carolina.
- Fatal Accident on September 13, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a deadly accident involving two vehicles on a divided two-way road (Route 276 in Maudlin, South Carolina. The collision involving a pedestrian caused one fatality.
- Fatal Accident on May 4, 2019 - The Georgia State Police reported a deadly 3-vehicle accident that happened during daylight hours on dry road surfaces. The incident resulted in a fatality.
- Accident on December 30, 2019 - The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 85 involving a Southeastern Freight Lines semi-tractor-trailer driving on a divided two-way road. The incident occurred in Wellford, South Carolina, and resulted in one injury.
- Crash on November 7, 2019 - The Newton County Sheriff's office reported a 2-vehicle crash on Jackson Hwy. in Georgia. The accident involved a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer colliding into another motor vehicle on a divided two-way road, which resulted in one injury.
- Collision on July 8, 2019 - The Moore Police Department reported a three-vehicle accident involving a Southeastern Freight Lines colliding with two other vehicles on SW. 19th St., in Moore, Oklahoma, resulting in three injuries.
- Accident on September 4, 2019 - The Baton Rouge Police Department reported a two-vehicle collision on Carrollton, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The crash involved a company-own semi-tractor-trailer colliding with a motor vehicle in transport during daylight hours, resulting in two injuries.
- Crash on July 18, 2019 - The Savannah Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash on Highway 69 (southbound) in Savannah, Oklahoma. The accident involving a Southeastern and Freight Lines resulted in four injuries.
- Collision on May 10, 2019 - The Hattiesburg Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash on a divided two-way road in the dark. The accident resulted in three injuries.
- Fatal Accident on March 21, 2019 - The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported a deadly two-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 when a Southeastern truck ran off the road and collided into a parked motor vehicle at night on a dry road surface. The accident resulted in one fatality.
Common Causes of Semi-truck Crashes
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 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.
- Aggressive Behavior - Any driver operating their vehicle aggressively could cause severe injury or wrongful death of an innocent passenger or other motorists.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining tight schedules often means the trucker must drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
- 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, a commercial vehicle driver will cause an accident because of erratic movements, or they were fatigued, having worked too many hours on a tight schedule. In these cases, the trucker and the trucking company should be held legally liable for causing the crash and all the costs associated with injuries or wrongful death of innocent victims.
A Financial Remedy for a Personal 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. 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. All injured parties have a legal right to file a claim for financial recovery or lawsuit against the trucker, trucking company to ensure they obtain compensation through a negotiated out-of-court settlement or from a jury trial award.
Filing a truck accident claim is the first legal remedy available to injured victims to ensure they can receive financial compensation for their damages, including:
- Hospital costs, medical expenses, and bills associated with rehab and therapy
- Lost past, present, and future earnings caused by time away from your job
- Car rental while your vehicle is under repair
- Damages including the loss of your passenger vehicle
- 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. Our dedicated legal team will work on your family's behalf to develop a healthy strategy in fighting back against a large trucking company hoping to avoid legal responsibility (at fault) for the severe accident that resulted in injury or death.
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