September 9, 2014
When is a Trucking Company Liable for my Accident?
Following an accident with a large commercial truck, eyes generally first turn to the truck driver to see if he or she was at fault for the accident. If the driver did, in fact, act in a negligent manner to cause the accident, that truck driver should be held liable for their actions. However, in many cases, the trucking company that employs the driver or owns the semi-truck may also be held partially responsible for the accident. Truck accident victims want to make sure they are aware of all potentially responsible parties so that they may receive the full amount of compensation they deserve. An experienced truck accident attorney at The Levin Firm can help determine and seek recovery from all liable parties.
Trucking companies may be negligent and contribute to truck accident in several ways. Some examples include the following:
- Allowing unlicensed or unqualified drivers to operate their trucks
- Negligently hiring drivers with a history of DUI, alcohol or drug abuse, or reckless driving
- Not performing the random drug and alcohol testing on drivers as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Not properly supervising drivers to ensure they are in compliance with all FMCSA regulations
- Failing to discipline drivers who fail drug or alcohol tests or who are found to be noncompliant with FMCSA rules
- Allowing trucks that are not properly inspected and/or maintained out onto the highways
These are only a few ways in which truck companies may be negligent. However, these companies often have legal teams working to help them avoid liability and intimidate accident victims. Therefore, you always want to make sure you have a skilled lawyer representing you and working on your behalf.