Old Dominion Freight Line Accident Injuries
Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
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.
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.
- 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.
Recovering from a truck accident is a lifelong effort—and that effort requires every penny. Why should the victims of truck accidents pay for someone else's negligence? Why shouldn't companies like Old Dominion Freight Line pay for the accidents they cause?
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.