Attorneys for People Injured in XPO Logistics Express Trucking Accidents
As one of the world's ten largest providers of logistics and transportation, XPO Logistics, Inc. employs more than 100,000 employees in thirty countries. The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company also has European headquarters in Lyon, France.
Initially, Michael Welsh and Keith Avery founded Express-1 Expedited Solutions that was acquired by Bradley Jacobs in September 2011. Soon afterward, the company changed the name Express-1 to XPO Logistics. In 2012, the NYSE publicly-traded logistics and transportation company "XPO" opened a Charlotte, North Carolina-based national operations.
Over the next three years, the company acquired seventeen companies to develop an extensive comprehensive range of logistics and transportation services in numerous industries, including aerospace, technology, and retail/commerce. In 2018, XPO Logistics Express generated an annual gross revenue of $3,641,000,000. The company's 340 drivers move more than 280 trucks in Northern America.
Current contact information for the company includes:
XPO Logistics Express, LLC
429 Post Road
Buchanan, MI 49107
(269) 695-2700 (phone)
(269) 695-7458 (fax)
Website Address https://www.xpo.com/
XPO Logistics Express is 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.
XPO Logistics Express Accidents Involving Injuries and Fatalities
The most horrific accidents with fatalities and severe injuries on freeways are typically caused by huge commercial vehicles crashing into passenger cars and pick-up trucks. The NHTSA states that thousands of individuals lose their lives every year when involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler or big rig. Many of these accidents could have been avoided had all parties followed the rules of the road.
Every large trucking company, including XPO Logistics Express, must remain competitive by ensuring that their deliveries arrive as scheduled. The on-time demand often places unbearable pressure on the truck driver, who must ensure the shipment reaches its destination when expected. The added stress can create an undesirable scenario where the trucker works long hours, placing themselves and others at risk for injury or death caused by a horrific accident.
- In January 2019, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) penalized XPO Logistics for almost $13,000 for their failure to secure a warehouse load of granite. The cargo fell at the IDA Park Drive Warehouse, killing two employees in June 2018.
The incident occurred at 1:00 AM during an inspection of eleven slabs of granite weighing nearly 9000 pounds leaning against the shipping container. At that time, the cargo slipped, fell, and killed both men. OSHA conducted a 6-month investigation revealing that the company failed to follow regulated labor laws on handling and storing secured materials and goods. The federal agency ruled that XPO Logistics had violated the law and ultimately fined the company approximately $13,000.
- In May 2018, a Charleston South Carolina jury awarded a $17 million verdict to the plaintiff claiming XPO Logistics and XPO Express, Inc. were responsible for a 2015 fatal crash on Interstate 95 in Florence, SC. The accident claimed the lives of a Pennsylvania couple, a Canadian couple, and their infant son.
The deadly crash involved an XPO Express tractor-trailer in Florence County (I-95, mile marker 169). South Carolina Highway Patrol said both cars caught fire, killing five people. The plaintiff's' attorneys alleged in the lawsuit that the trucker was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident while alcohol impaired.
The plaintiff's legal team alleged in the lawsuit that XPO Express, Inc. failed in their responsibility to properly train their truck driver to ensure compliance with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations and state laws. The truck driver refused to undergo alcohol testing after the collision and was not charged in the crash but was listed to be "at fault" in the lawsuit.
XPO Logistics and XPO Express offered the plaintiff's $13 million to settle the case, which the survivors of both families refused. The jury ultimately awarded $17 million in compensation.
- On August 23, 2017, the Memphis Police Department reported a 3-vehicle collision involving an XPO Logistics tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 in Memphis, Tennessee. There were no reported injuries or fatalities.
The Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that truck accidents in the United States often involve:
- Improper Training - The trucking company must ensure that all its drivers receive adequate training to ensure they follow defensive driving techniques and make the best decision when facing a hazard on the roadway.
- Road and Weather Conditions - Driving on any unsafe road condition or hazardous inclement weather can be especially challenging for truck drivers. Traveling over potholes or damaged pavement can create perilous scenarios and pose a dangerous situation for the trucker, other motorists, and passengers.
- Inexperienced Driving - Learning to operate an 80,000-pound commercial vehicle can be daunting. Driving on the freeway without supervision can be catastrophic if the new driver has any level of unfamiliarity with the road ahead.
- Unsecured Loads - The loading and unloading crews that work in warehouses and on docks must ensure that cargo is handled and secured correctly in the trailer to minimize any potential dangers to workers, the truckers and anyone else sharing the roadway.
- Driving Under the Influence - It is illegal to consume too much alcohol or use illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. This reckless behavior could create a dangerous or life-threatening scenario.
Filing a Compensation Lawsuit for Personal Injuries Related to a Truck Accident
Families who have lost a loved one and victims who suffered an injury caused by a commercial truck accident can seek and obtain monetary compensation from every party at fault. However, successfully resolving your case requires following complicated Illinois tort laws when negotiating with an insurance company or presenting a case in front of a judge and jury.
Filing a truck accident claim for compensation ensures that the victim receives economic recovery for their damages, including:
- Hospital bills, medical costs, and expenses of rehab and therapies
- Loss of past, current, and future earnings due to a permanent or temporary disability
- Car rental reimbursement 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 attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to resolving your truck accident case if a large commercial vehicle caused your severe injuries or claimed the life of a loved one through wrongful death. Our dedicated legal firm will represent your family's behalf in developing a healthy strategy to fight back against the commercial trucking company that wants to avoid legal responsibility (at fault) for causing your severe accident that resulted in injury or death.
Call our network of affiliated 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.