Truck accidents can occur at any time and can result in catastrophic injuries to other motorists. Often times the driver of the truck has acted negligently in causing an accident and can be held liable for any injuries. However, truck accident cases are unique in that it is often the negligence of a driver’s employer that can be responsible for an accident. Employers can be negligent in a number of different ways.
Negligent Hiring Practices
Employers are required to ensure that their drivers have clean driving records and criminal background checks have been reviewed. Employers should not allow drivers on the road who have previously caused accidents. Employers who hire drivers with DUIs on their record, previous history of accidents, and a history of drug and alcohol may be held liable for injuries caused by their drivers.
Inadequate Training or Failure to Train
Employers should ensure that all of their drivers have received proper training before allowing them to operate their trucks. This is especially true for employers that hire inexperienced drivers right after they earn their CDL (Commercial Driving License). Employers have a responsibility to provide adequate training for these drivers and make sure they know how to handle a large vehicle.
Inadequate Vehicle Inspection
Employers are responsible for ensuring that all of the trucks in their fleet are in good working order. Employers must also make sure that all trucks go through their required annual inspection. Failing to inspect things like headlights, taillights, and tires can result in catastrophic accidents.
Failure to Properly Load Vehicles
Employers must make sure that vehicles are properly loaded before they are allowed on the road. If an employer allows a truck to go out with an unbalanced or unsecured load, the consequences can be tragic. Unsafe loads can lead to accidents and if part of the load falls off the truck, this can cause an obstruction in the road for other drivers.
Disregarding Trucking Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has dozens of regulations designed to prevent truck accidents. These regulations include a limit on the number of hours a driver is supposed to be on the road. When employers fail to follow trucking regulations, and an accident occurs, they may be held liable for the resulting injuries.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Determining liability in a trucking accident can be a complicated process. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you should consider consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience representing accident victims. Contact us onlineor call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.