Old Dominion Freight Line Truck Accident Lawyers
18-Wheeler Attorneys Fighting for Victims of Old Dominion Freight Accidents
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a carrier company based in Thomasville, North Carolina. They utilize 8,740 vehicles and employ 10,083 drivers. As reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in June 2018, their vehicles were involved in 667 collisions over the last 2 years—killing 21 and injuring 199 people. Their drivers and vehicles have earned 2,043 violations. See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Old Dominion's violations included:
- Driving while texting
- Speeding 15+ mph above the limit
- Operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued
- Driving while in use or possession of drugs
In 2017, there were more than 150,000 large commercial truck crashes—resulting in thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. Texas was the location for the largest number of truck crashes in the United States by far. Our home state is first in the nation in a great many ways, but this is one way where we shouldn't be first. Despite the fact that large commercial trucks make up less than 5 percent of vehicles on America's highways, crashes involving large trucks cause 11 percent of traffic fatalities. Part of the reason is sheer size—large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, causing serious and life-altering injuries.
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neurological injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Despite the fact that large commercial trucks make up less than 5 percent of vehicles on America's highways, crashes involving large trucks cause 11 percent of traffic fatalities. Part of the reason is sheer size—large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, causing serious and life-altering injuries. Our Old Dominion Freight Line truck accident lawyers know that the only way to make our roads safer and help our clients provide for themselves is to hold shipping companies accountable for the pain they cause. If truck companies don't feel the impact of the losses they cause, they'll have no reason to change their practices.
If you've been injured in an accident with an Old Dominion freight truck, speak with Arnold & Itkin to learn what your options are. Call (888) 493-1629 or fill out our online form.
The Reason for the Increased Rate of Trucking Accidents
The trucking industry is designed to burn through new drivers, forcing them to work themselves harder and harder (at no extra cost to carriers). Part of how they do that is through pay-by-mile arrangements. Pay-by-mile rewards drivers between 25 and 40 cents per mile they drive, leaving them unpaid for all the vital non-driving work that truckers do. As a result, drivers are incentivized to drive for longer hours, putting themselves through punishing work routines just to make ends meet.
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
Eventually, drivers are unofficially trained by other drivers or the company itself to defy federal regulations around hours of service, encouraging them to drive illegal amounts of hours to earn more. With thousands of tired drivers getting behind the wheel every day, it's no wonder that trucking fatality rates have increased in recent years. Exhausted drivers aren't just a theoretical danger—experts estimate that as many as 1 in 7 truck crashes are directly caused by fatigue. At least 1 in 4 trucking fatalities occur when a driver has been hauling for 17 hours or longer, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data.
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
Old Dominion Freight Line Truck Accident FAQ
How do you investigate Old Dominion Freight Line accidents?
Investigating any truck accident, including one involving an Old Dominion Freight Line vehicle, requires the right personnel and resources. Our firm uses talented investigators and accident reconstruction specialists to analyze the physical evidence, review truck driver logs, and compare this information against other documentation such as receipts, shipping logs, and more. We will paint a clear picture of the events leading up to the collision and determine what factor (or factors) led to its occurrence. An in-depth investigation allows our truck accident team to build the strongest possible case against the defendant/s.
What compensation can I receive after an Old Dominion truck accident?
If you were driving for Old Dominion Freight Lines or were hit by a truck owned by this freight company, you may be entitled to financial support to help you rebuild. Truck drivers may be able to file workers’ compensation claims or third-party personal injury lawsuits for their injuries. Other motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists may be able to file personal injury claims against Old Dominion or whatever party is responsible for the collision.
Compensation in a truck accident claim may cover:
- Lost earnings
- Loss of future/potential earnings
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing medical care
- Emotional trauma
When full compensation is provided to the victim of a freight truck accident, this opens the door to a more stable future—financially, emotionally, and physically.
When should I call an attorney?
We recommend seeking legal help as soon as possible after a truck accident. Old Dominion Freight Line will launch an investigation right away, and you’ll need someone in your corner to protect your interests. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer a free consultation to answer your questions and help you get started. If we take on your case, you’ll pay no upfront costs. Because we work on contingency, you’ll pay no legal fees at all unless we secure a settlement or award on your behalf. There’s no risk and so much to gain by involving our experienced team.
How to Recover from Freight Truck Accidents
Trucking companies quickly put investigators and adjusters to work when an accident happens. As a result, crash victims and their families are immediately at a disadvantage, unfairly forcing many of them to pay for the expenses of their recovery. Arnold & Itkin believe there's a better way. The best way to recover what you lost and lower the odds that this happens to someone else is to hold shipping companies responsible for the damage they cause. Our Old Dominion truck accident lawyers have won billions of dollars for our clients. Their verdicts and settlements have paid for their medical care, helped them keep their homes, and put food on their tables. Our clients never pay a dime upfront— in fact, they pay nothing at all unless we win in court. There's no bill, no invoice, no cost. All our clients have ever given us is their faith in our experience and our results.
Call (888) 493-1629 or contact us online to review your options with an Old Dominion Freight truck accident lawyer.