Understanding When a Trucking Company is Liable for a Truck Accident

Trucking accidents can cause severe injuries and damages, leaving victims with mounting medical bills and lost wages. In such cases, determining liability is crucial to recover compensation for the losses. While truck drivers can be held responsible for accidents, trucking companies can also be held liable in certain situations. In this blog post, we will discuss when a trucking company is liable for a truck accident and how you can protect your rights.

Negligent Hiring and Training

Trucking companies have a duty to hire qualified and competent drivers who have a valid commercial driver's license and a clean driving record. If a company fails to conduct proper background checks or overlooks a driver's history of accidents, DUIs, or other violations, they can be held liable for negligent hiring. Similarly, if a trucking company fails to provide adequate training to their drivers or encourages them to violate safety regulations, they can be held responsible for accidents caused by their drivers' negligence.

Negligent Maintenance and Inspection

Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring that their trucks are in good working condition and undergo regular maintenance and inspections. If a company fails to repair or replace faulty equipment or neglects to inspect their vehicles, they can be held liable for accidents caused by the truck's mechanical failure.

Violation of Federal Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established strict safety regulations for the trucking industry to prevent accidents and protect the public. These regulations cover areas such as maximum hours of service, weight limits, and drug and alcohol testing. If a trucking company violates any of these regulations and causes an accident, they can be held accountable for their negligence.

Joint Liability

In some cases, both the truck driver and the trucking company can be held liable for a truck accident. This is known as joint liability, and it means that the victim can seek compensation from both parties. Joint liability can apply in situations where the driver was an employee of the company, was acting within the scope of their employment, and the accident occurred while on the job.

Protecting Your Rights

If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is crucial to seek legal guidance from a skilled personal injury attorney who has experience handling truck accident cases. An attorney can investigate the accident, determine liability, and help you pursue maximum compensation for your damages.

At Scott Law Firm, we have a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys who are committed to fighting for our clients' rights. We understand the complexities of truck accident cases and can help you navigate the legal process.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.