When is the Trucking Company Liable in a Truck Accident?

Being involved in a truck accident can be a traumatic experience, often resulting in severe injuries and significant financial losses. Determining liability in these cases can be complex, especially when it comes to holding the trucking company accountable. In this blog post, we will delve into the factors that determine when a trucking company is liable in a truck accident and provide valuable insights for those seeking justice.

Negligent Hiring and Training

One common scenario where a trucking company may be liable for an accident is when they have been negligent in hiring or training their drivers. If a company hires a driver without conducting proper background checks, verifying their qualifications, or ensuring they have the necessary training, they could be held responsible if the driver's incompetence or inexperience leads to an accident.

Trucking companies must ensure that their drivers meet all regulatory requirements and have the skills needed to operate commercial vehicles safely. Failure to do so can result in liability if an accident occurs.

Improper Maintenance

Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their vehicles to ensure they are safe for the road. Neglecting regular maintenance, such as brake inspections, tire checks, or engine repairs, can lead to accidents caused by mechanical failures. If it is found that the accident resulted from the truck's poor maintenance, the trucking company may be held liable.

Violation of Hours of Service Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations governing the hours of service for truck drivers. These rules dictate how many hours a driver can be on the road before taking mandatory rest breaks. Trucking companies that pressure or incentivize drivers to violate these regulations may be held liable if driver fatigue contributes to an accident.

Overloading and Improper Loading

Overloading a truck or improperly loading cargo can have a significant impact on a truck's stability and handling. If a trucking company allows a vehicle to be overloaded or fails to ensure proper cargo loading, and this contributes to an accident, they may be held liable for the resulting damages. Proper loading and weight distribution are essential for safe truck operation.

Negligent Supervision and Monitoring

Trucking companies are responsible for supervising and monitoring their drivers' behavior while on the road. If they fail to implement systems for monitoring driver behavior, the company may be held liable for neglecting their duty of supervision.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, it is crucial to consult with experienced personal injury attorneys who specialize in truck accident cases. At Snider & Horner, PLLC, we have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in truck accident cases and holding trucking companies accountable.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal options.