Commercial truck accidents are typically more disastrous than road accidents involving other vehicles. The causes for truck accidents are varied. Some accidents are the result of poor conditions or lack of familiarity with the roads. Others result from driver error caused by drug use or fatigue. But drivers are not the only individuals that can be held accountable for truck crashes. Trucking companies may engage in negligent activity in a variety of areas that can contribute to accidents on the road. Trucking companies must act in a reasonably safe manner and comply with federal and state regulations. Failure to comply with their duties can result in liability for the companies if an injury occurs.
Trucking companies must be diligent in their hiring procedures to ensure the safety of others on the road. This includes being familiar with the applicant’s employment background, driving record and clinical history. The company must verify that the driver is properly licensed to drive a commercial vehicle and medically qualified to work as a truck driver. If a review of the driver’s history and records shows any reason he may not be competent to perform his job, the company should not hire him.
Trucking companies have supervisory obligations over their employees. They must ensure that safety regulations are followed. Trucking companies must also comply with rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for periodic drug and alcohol tests. Liability cam result when trucking companies do not administer these tests or do not take action if a driver’s test indicates drug or alcohol use.
Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that their trucks are safe and meet regulatory standards. Companies must perform routine inspections and maintenance on their equipment. Any truck that is found to be in poor condition should be banned from use. In 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspected thousands of commercial vehicles in the United States and Canada and found that 23% had violations that caused them to be removed from operation.
Truck companies must implement safe practices and discipline truckers for unsafe driving. This means enforcing rules for maximum driving times and removing drivers who engage in hazardous behaviors.
Trucking employers can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by employees who act negligently. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident with a truck, contact Alexander Law Group, LLC. Our exceptional personal injury lawyers will be sure you get the maximum compensation possible. Call 888.777.1776, or contact us online.