Ohio is at a vital intersection between manufacturing centers in the north and in the east, and is therefore an ideal location for trucking companies. Unfortunately, this also means that Ohio truck drivers are responsible for dangerous and deadly truck accidents in many states. On October 20, a driver for Ohio company Dutch Maid Logistics was cited for running a stop sign and causing a fatal underride accident. The truck driver was unfamiliar with the area and ran a stop sign. A car traveling the other direction hit the side of the trailer, crushed underneath the raised bed of the trailer, and was dragged over 500 feet as the truck tried to stop. Although witnesses saw the crash and immediately called 911, first responders were too late to save the life of the woman driving the car. The truck driver has been charged with first degree vehicular homicide.
This accident comes just months after Dutch Maid Logistics lost a case against its insurance company over a 2001 accident caused by its truck driver. The truck driver was not looking at the road when his truck came upon stopped traffic. His truck slammed into the back of the stopped cars, killing two people and severely injuring at least three others. Five truck accident lawsuits were filed against Dutch Maid Logistics, who tried to claim that its insurance should cover the sources of the lawsuits as five separate accidents, but the courts decided they were a single accident and limited Dutch Maid’s coverage to $1 million.
Dutch Maid Logistics is also a defendant in a recent truck accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Some have described Dutch Maid Logistics as a company with a lengthy history of driver violations, including hours of service violations.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Ohio, the Columbus, Ohio lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack, L.P.A. are prepared to help you. Please call or email us today for a free consultation.