Trucking Company Liability in Motor Vehicle Accidents (Part 2)
April 23, 2014
Continuing from Trucking Company Liability in Motor Vehicle Accidents (Part 1), below, we will continue our discussion of some of the most common forms of trucking company negligence that can substantially increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents. When any of these types of negligence has caused a traffic accident, the negligent trucking company will be responsible for compensating accident victims for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage and mental anguish.
In addition to failure to train drivers and failure to maintain trucks, some other common forms of trucking company liability can include:
- Failing to thoroughly screen drivers during the hiring process – Before trucking companies hire commercial drivers and put them behind the wheels of tractor trailers, they should be conducting background checks on these drivers.
While conducting thorough screening of potential drivers can confirm whether a person has his commercial driver’s license, it can also highlight crucial facts about that individual’s driving record – like whether the person has a history of drunk driving, violating traffic laws or otherwise being reckless or irresponsible behind the wheel.
When trucking companies fail to take this critical step during the hiring process, there is an increased chance that they can put unqualified or reckless people behind the wheels of semis and, as a result, endanger other motorists on the roadways.
- Encouraging drivers to violate trucking regulations – Both trucking companies and the drivers themselves are legally obligated to comply with state and federal trucking regulations (which govern everything from how toxic substances are hauled to how trucks should be inspected to the maximum number of hours drivers are allowed to drive before they are required to take breaks).
In some cases, trucking companies may encourage drivers to violate these trucking regulations in an effort to try to get loads to their destination ahead of schedule. For example, trucking companies may offer incentives like bonuses to drivers who violate federal hours-of-service regulations if these drivers can deliver cargo before the deadline.
When any violation of trucking regulations plays a role in causing a motor vehicle accident, the trucking company will likely be considered to be negligent and can be held responsible for compensating accident victims for their injuries and losses.
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