Trucking Company Liability in Motor Vehicle Accidents (Part 1)
April 18, 2014
Some type of human error contributes to more than 90 percent of all traffic accidents that take place in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports. While this type of human error commonly comes in the form of driver negligence, in some cases, the negligence of a trucking company may be to blame for causing or worsening a motor vehicle accident.
Here and in a second part of this blog, we will examine some of the most common forms of trucking company negligence that can increase the risk of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents.
When people injured in traffic accidents suspect that any of these forms of trucking company liability may have contributed to their collision and injuries, it’s time to contact the Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm to learn more about their rights and potential entitlements.
Common Examples of Trucking Company Negligence
Some of the ways in which trucking companies may be negligent and, consequently, play a role in causing traffic accidents include by:
- Failing to properly train drivers before sending them out on the road – Although commercial drivers may have some training from previous jobs, when they are newly hired by a trucking company, that company is responsible for ensuring that its drivers are trained on how to operate its trucks. Specifically, this can include (but is not limited to) training for drivers for defensive driving, loading and unloading trucks, securing hitches and inspecting trucks between driving shifts.
When trucking companies fail to train their drivers and put inexperienced commercial drivers on the road, they can be held liable for compensating accident victims if the inexperienced trucker causes a traffic accident.
- Failing to maintain the trucks in their fleet – In some cases, trucking companies may choose to forego essential truck maintenance in an effort to cut their overhead and maximize their profits. Taking this dangerous gamble, however, can seriously endanger the lives of other people who are on the road, as failure to maintain trucks significantly increases the risk that critical equipment on trucks will malfunction as the trucks are being driven.
Specifically, the types of malfunctions that commonly occur when trucking companies don’t properly maintain their vehicles include (but are not limited to):
- Tire blowouts
- Brake failures
- Steering system problems
- Malfunctions of indicators, brake lights and other safety equipment
- Problems with truck hitches.
Be sure to look for our upcoming second part of this blog for a continued discussion regarding how trucking companies’ negligence can contribute to motor vehicle accidents and result in these companies being liable for compensating accident victims.
Portland Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
If you have been injured in a truck accident or in any type of motor vehicle accident that may have been caused by negligence, the Portland motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm are ready to fight for your rights to compensation. Since 1977, our lawyers have been providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal services, giving us the experience necessary to get you the results and compensation you deserve.
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