Celadon Group Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Victims of Truck Accidents with Celadon Group
Celadon Group is a cluster of shipping companies under the Celadon brand. It utilizes 2,231 vehicles nationwide from a home base in Indianapolis, IN. As reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in June 2018, Celadon Group trucks have been involved in 410 crashes, creating 192 injuries and killing 16 people—2 of whom were likely truckers themselves. From June 2016 to June 2018, they were cited with 3,302 safety violations.
These violations included:
- Overly worn tire treads
- Excessive weight for tire rating
- Poor maintenance
- Obstructed windshields
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
18-Wheeler Accidents Put All of Us at Risk
Large trucks make up less than 5 percent of the vehicles on US highways, but end up involved in more than 11 percent of traffic fatalities. Last year, large truck collisions injured 75,123 people and killed 4,579 people—a large portion of them in Texas.
Truck accidents also cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Large trucks weigh anywhere between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds—many times larger than the average car's weight at 4,000 pounds. That's why the injury rate for truck accidents is so high. Ultimately, it's rare when someone walks away from a trucking collision without some kind of catastrophic accident.
Why Do 18-Wheeler Accidents Happen?
Trucking companies like the Celadon Group increase their profits by minimizing risk and costs. One of the ways trucking companies do that is by passing costs onto drivers through a "pay-by-mile" arrangement. Pay-by-mile incentivizes drivers to rest as little as possible and haul freight as efficiently as they can. Unfortunately, it leaves drivers unpaid for all the work they have to do that isn't measured in miles.
Vital non-driving trucking work includes:
- Driving to pick up new loads
- Planning routes
- Abiding by federally-mandated rest breaks
- Waiting for loading/unloading
- Submitting to rig inspections
As a result, drivers are encouraged to drive as long as possible by violating hours of service regulations. Many new drivers are taught to keep two logbooks, allowing them to appear compliant during weigh station inspections. Drivers are promised that if they're efficient and "hard-driving," they'll make a good living. When they don't make a good living, they're blamed for it.
The pressure to make ends meet forces drivers to keep grueling hours and lie about how much sleep they get. As a result, thousands of big rig drivers are exhausted every time they get behind the wheel. That's not just risky—it's deadly. Experts estimate that at least 1 in 8 truck crashes are caused by tired drivers, and 1 in 4 trucking fatalities occurred when the driver was hauling for 17 hours or longer. Trucking company practices are getting people killed: 5,000 people will die from truck accidents this year, and several hundred of them will be truckers. Our Celadon Group truck accident attorneys want to put a stop to it.
Truck accidents we've investigated include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
How to Recover from a Celadon Group Truck Accident
Arnold & Itkin has given hundreds of truck accident victims the means to rebuild their lives. Our firm has helped our clients win billions of dollars, allowing them to secure their future in the wake of a devastating accident. The Celadon Group trucking attorneys at our firm have represented regular motorists and commercial drivers alike, fighting to hold shipping companies accountable for the injury and wrongful death their practices cause.
Our results have ensured that clients have enough to:
- Pay for medical bills
- Put food on the table
- Pay the mortgage or rent
- Replace lost income and future earnings
Shipping companies like the Celadon Group utilize their own investigators and adjusters after truck accidents. Their 'investigation' has one purpose: ensure the company pays nothing for the damage their driver or practices caused. That's why our firm employs investigators and adjusters of our own—to make sure your claim is investigated fairly.
Review your legal options with us in a free consultation. Call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online to schedule a time to speak with our trucking attorneys.