Commercial Liability in Truck Accidents: Trucking Company Negligence (Pt. 2)

July 25, 2014

Continuing from Commercial Liability in Truck Accidents: Trucking Company Negligence (Pt. 1), here, we will continue our discussion of how and when trucking companies may be held liable in the aftermath of truck accidents.

More Facts about Trucking Company Negligence & Liability

Fact 3 – If trucking companies fail to take action against drivers known to be reckless, they can be considered to have acted negligently.

When trucking company negligence contributes to collisions, the company can be held liable for compensating accident victims for their injuries. Contact us to learn more.

When trucking company negligence contributes to collisions, the company can be held liable for compensating accident victims for their injuries. Contact us to learn more.

Once drivers are hired, trucking companies have a responsibility to monitor truck drivers’ behavior and to appropriately respond in the event that a driver has been reported to have acted in a reckless, negligent and/or dangerous manner.

For instance, if a driver has been reported to have been using drugs or drinking alcohol immediately prior to operating a truck, the trucking company is legally required to take action by, for instance, possibly reprimanding the driver, suspending the driver, drug testing the driver in the future and/or potentially even firing the driver.

When trucking companies were made aware of a driver’s reckless or negligent behaviors and they fail to take any actions in response to such recklessness, these companies can be held responsible in the event that the negligent driver ends up causing a truck accident at any point in the future.

Fact 4 – A failure to maintain trucks is another form of trucking company negligence.

Just as trucking companies have a responsibility to oversee the actions of their drivers, they also have a legal obligation to ensure that their trucks are in proper working order before sending them out on the roadways. Specifically, this entails making sure that:

  • Regularly inspections of trucks and trucking equipment are conducted.
  • Any worn down, broken or malfunctioning trucking equipment is properly repaired before a truck is sent back out on the road.

Here, it’s important to highlight the fact that equipment like brakes can be just as important as safety features like brake lights, indicators and mirrors and that all of this type of equipment must be working properly before trucks are sent on their way.

When trucks that have not been inspected and/or that have malfunctioning equipment are sent off on hauls, the trucking company can be held liable in the event that the poorly maintained truck ends up being involved in a collision.

For some final information about trucking company negligence, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog.

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