Attorneys for People Injured in Western Express Trucking Accidents
Wayne and Donna Wise founded Western Express, Inc. in 1991 as an asset-based truckload carrier providing LTL (less than truckload) delivery, flatbed transport, dedicated fleet, expedited truck/rail, and logistics services. Today, more than 2650 truckers operate over 2570 semi-tractor trailers for Western Express delivering materials, goods, and services across Northern America.
In 2018, Western Express, Inc. generated in annual gross revenue of $566 million. Current contact information for the company includes:
Western Express, Inc.
7135 Centennial Pl.
National, TN 37209
(615) 259-9920 (phone)
(615) 259-9150 (fax)
Website Address https://www.westernexp.com/
Western Express is an LTL (less than truckload) carrier, meaning the company delivers mixed freight. This type of trucking is the opposite of a Truckload (LT) carrier that delivers trucks containing similar products, goods, and materials to multiple locations.
Western Express, Inc. Accidents Involving Injuries and Fatalities
Commercial vehicle accidents are significantly more dangerous than crashes involving only passenger vehicles due to the truck's size and weight. While passenger vehicles weigh on average about two tons, a big rig weighs more than 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The road can remain safe when the trucker and trucking companies follow established Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
All commercial carriers, including Western Express, creating business in the trucking industry, must remain competitive by ensuring that all of their shipments arrive on time. However, unrealistic schedules can place a heavy burden on truckers to meet the demands of keeping the customer satisfied. As a result, truckers often work excessively long hours leading to fatigue that could result in a catastrophic accident. A small sampling of Western Express accidents includes:
- Fatal Accident on November 12, 2019 - The Ohio State Police - Canfield reported a deadly accident involving a Western Express semi-tractor-trailer on Interstate 80. The accident resulted in four injuries and one fatality.
- Accident on July 1, 2019 - The Ohio State Police - Athens reported a two-vehicle collision on US 33 involving a Western Express semi-tractor-trailer in the Township of Good Hope, Ohio. The accident resulted in six injuries.
- Accident on December 20, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 81 in Dorrance Township, Pennsylvania. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Crash on December 30, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a two-vehicle crash involving a Western Express tractor-trailer on Route 33 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, which resulted in four injuries.
- Collision on December 21, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a two-vehicle crash on Route 1009 in Bethlehem City, Pennsylvania, resulting in one injury.
- Accident on December 17, 2019 - The Fairfield Police Department reported a two-vehicle crash on Western Avenue in Fairfield, Maine. The accident involving a single-unit Western Express truck with an enclosed box resulted in one injury.
- Crash on October 13, 2019 - The Local Law Enforcement reported a 2-vehicle collision with a company-owned semi-tractor-trailer on Crane Highway in Maryland. The accident resulted in one injury.
- Accident on December 12, 2019 - The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported a 2-vehicle accident on US Highway 31 in rural Limestone, Alabama, involving a Western truck semi-truck. The incident resulted in three injuries.
- Collision on November 18, 2019 - The Connecticut State Police reported a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 on a wet road surface involving a Western Express semi-tractor-trailer. The accident resulted in an injury.
- Accident on November 12, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a twelve-vehicle accident during snowy conditions on Interstate 80 in Shenango Township, Pennsylvania. The accident involving a Western Truck semi-tractor-trailer resulted in four injuries.
- Crash on October 1, 2019 - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported a two-vehicle collision during daylight hours on Route 61 (northbound) involving a Western express semi-tractor-trailer in St. Clair Borough, Pennsylvania. The accident caused four injuries.
- Accident on September 8, 2019 - The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 70 involving a Western Express semi-tractor-trailer that ran off the road and collided into another motor vehicle. The incident resulted in one injury.
Common Causes of a Large Commercial Truck Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics reveal that accidents involving commercial vehicles in the United States involve:
- Tailgating - Driving too close in front of the car or large commercial vehicle ahead puts the motorists and passengers at risk, should that vehicle come to a quick stop. Often, tailgaters fail to anticipate how much distance and time they will need to halt without causing a crash. Also, tailgating obstructs the trucker's view to see that there is a vehicle very close behind.
- Driving under the Influence - Operating a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs can create a dangerous situation for everyone sharing the roadway.
- Aggressive Behavior - Driving recklessly could result in a crash with severe injuries or wrongful death of innocent drivers or passengers.
- Distracted Driving - Truckers should avoid driving too many hours without rest, speaking on their mobile device, or sending text messages, which could lead to distracted driving.
- Drowsy Driving - Maintaining unrealistic schedules often makes the trucker drive for hours on end, which can lead to fatigue and drowsy driving.
- Failing to Calculate the Commercial Vehicle's Approach Speed - Most accidents involving a left turn are the result of the motorist's inability to process the speed and depth of oncoming traffic. When a passenger vehicle turns into the pathway of an oncoming commercial vehicle, the results are often deadly.
Sometimes, a truck driver will cause an accident by failing to maintain the safety components of their vehicle or driving fatigued, having worked too many hours on an unrealistic schedule. In these cases, both the trucker and the trucking company could be held legally responsible for the accident and will be required to pay all the costs associated with severe injuries or wrongful death.
Filing a Compensation Lawsuit for Personal Injuries Related to a Truck Accident
families who lost a loved one are a victim who suffered an injury caused by a commercial truck accident can seek and obtain monetary compensation from every party at fault. To ensure success, the victim must follow complex Illinois tort laws when presenting a case for compensation. The process can be complicated. In nearly every circumstance, the injured victim will submit a claim for compensation against every responsible party to ensure they can negotiate their case out of court or file a lawsuit to present evidence in front of a judge.
A truck accident claim for compensation can ensure that the victim receives economic recovery for their losses, including:
- Hospital bills, medical expenses, and the cost of rehabilitation and therapy
- Lost past, present, and future earnings caused by time away from your job
- Rental vehicle costs while your damaged vehicle is under repair
- Physical damages including the loss of your vehicle
- Emotional trauma and mental stress
- Pain and suffering
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can Make the Difference
The dedicated attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC successfully handled truck accident cases for clients suffering injuries caused by large commercial trucks. 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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