Yes, Old Dominion Freight Line runs more than 9,000 semi trucks over 700 million miles of road each year in the United States, including trailers loaded with hazardous materials. Suing Old Dominion is a clear consideration when an Old Dominion driver is at fault. Never accept a settlement from the company or its insurance agency without obtaining a lawyer to represent you. As a company, Old Dominion has been taking in an annual gross profit of more than $2 million. Gross profit in 2018 topped $3 million. Old Dominion’s stock is traded on Wall Street.
Old Dominion truck driving violations are on record at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Recent Old Dominion unsafe truck driving violations include following too close, speeding, failure to yield right of way, improper turns, lane change violations, using a cell phone while driving, obstructing the roadway while parked, driving while texting, construction zone violation, and failure to obey traffic controls. Did unsafe driving contribute to your crash with an Old Dominion semi truck?
Wrongful Death Truck Lawsuit
Early in 2019 in Texas, an Old Dominion semi truck carrying multiple trailers loaded with hazardous materials collided with a car in Lubbock. The crash killed two young men who were under the age of 24. For Old Dominion, a major commercial truck carrier based in North Carolina, it was one of more than 700 reportable semi crashes in two years. A total of 22 people died in the two-year period that ended July 26. Old Dominion semi-truck crashes over those same 24 months injured more than 180 people, according to DOT. A reportable crash is one in which a vehicle was towed from the scene, or an injury or fatality occurred. Records must be kept for three years.
If you or someone you love was hit from behind by an Old Dominion semi, or side-swiped by an Old Dominion truck, or T-boned, or if you were run over by an Old Dominion tractor-trailer, contact a lawyer. The truck accident legal team at Pritzker Hageman, P.A., has gone to court against numerous major trucking lines to sue for wrongful death and represent clients who were tragically injured.
Suing a commercial carrier requires specialization to lay the right foundation for your case. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman conduct independent investigation of truck crash scenes and they work with professional animators to reconstruct the sequence of impact on video. Expert analysis and replays brought to life through animation have successfully reinforced demands for compensation brought by Mr. Pritzker and Mr. Hageman on behalf of clients.
Act Quickly for Best Results
Be quick to retain a lawyer if you or a loved one is injured or killed by a commercial truck. Trucking is regulated by the federal government and law requires injured parties to write a spoliation letter to the carrier to demand that all evidence of the crash be kept intact. The spoliation letter puts the trucking company on notice that an accident victim has a claim against the company and that the company is responsible for preserving evidence that may be used to prove that claim. This responsibility is a legal “duty,” and a judge can severely sanction a trucking company for destroying or tampering with evidence after it receives a spoliation letter. A well-written letter lists the types of evidence to preserve. Evidence gathering is crucial to your case and a good spoliation request will gather safety inspection reports on the truck, licensing and training information on the driver, hours of service records for the driver, the truck driver’s log book, maintenance listings, the driver’s alcohol and drug testing results, whether the driver was running late for a delivery, past crashes involving the same driver, on-board data regarding truck speed, truck braking and other information.