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Trucking Company Involved in Fatal Wreck Linked to 650 Crashes in Two Years

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Trucking Company Involved in Fatal Wreck Linked to 650 Crashes in Two Years

When big rigs crash, the finger of blame is often pointed at the trucker. However, some of America’s trucking companies have a very poor accident record that raises serious questions about their practices.

This week, a driver from Missouri died in a serious semi crash in Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Theodore Stocker, III, a 41-year-old, was killed when his semi ran into the back of a flatbed trailer. Speed was a likely factor behind the wreck, news reports stated.

A report on WDTN said Stocker worked for Swift Transportation. The station searched the database of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The results were alarming.

Swift Transportation trucks were involved in 650 crashes over the last two years. One in 10 of these crashes involved a fatality. The report noted deaths in 65 wrecks.

Swift transportation has more than 21,000 drivers on the roads of the United States.

The Safety Measurement System revealed Swift’s trucks received 40,000 inspections and 31-percent of them included violations. Out of 40,907 inspections in 24 months, 12,952 found violations.

In the wake of the crash in Preble County, Swift said it’s company policy to limit the speed of its truckers to 62 mph. There was a 70 mph speed limit on the stretch of road where the wreck occurred.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we help people injured in trucking wrecks in Virginia, North Carolina and further afield. Our firm has attorneys who are licensed to practice law in West Virginia and Florida.

All too often we see big trucking companies putting unacceptable stresses on their drivers. Defects are also found on tractor-trailers with an alarming regularity.

Defective tires and brakes are among the most dangerous problems seen on trucks. If a tire blows or a brake fails on a heavy truck, the consequences can be fatal for other road users or the truck drivers themselves.

Trucking wrecks often cross state lines and involve the violation of federal as well as state regulations. The trucking companies often mount a vigorous defense because payouts are typically larger in cases that involve commercial vehicles.

It’s important to hire highly experienced trucking accident attorneys to counter the expertise of the trucking companies. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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