Truck Accident Attorneys
One of the most important aspects of a trucking accident lawsuit is establishing carrier responsibility. Individual truck driver may play their part in accidents, but trucking companies have a far greater overall responsibility, and in some cases are solely liable for accidents.
When you are up against a big company, like a trucking company, you will face many challenges. These companies often have teams of in-house lawyers dedicated to fighting individuals like yourself. The trucking industry is high regulated trucking companies are required to keep detailed documentation, but they don’t offer it up willingly. You need an experienced trucking accident attorney who understands the laws and knows which documents to request to help you prove your case.
Carriers have a legal duty to maintain their trucks, hire competent drivers, and properly monitor their drivers. The carrier can usually be held liable, even if the truck driver was at fault, because as the employer, the carrier is responsible for the actions of the driver.
A poorly maintain truck is an accident waiting to happen, and can create problems beyond the truck driver’s control. In fact, failure to properly maintain a truck can mean that the truck driver and his or her family also have a case against the carrier.
Trucking companies have a legal duty to keep their trucks in safe operating condition. They are also required to keep detailed maintenance records, documenting work done, parts purchased, and repair requests made by drivers.
Hiring and monitoring drivers
Trucking companies are required to hire qualified drivers who have a valid CDL (commercial driver’s license), pass a physical examination, and can speak English. They are required to have a record of any pre-employment violations, as well.
When it comes to monitoring, trucking companies must conduct regular drug screenings and take measures to insure that drivers adhere to HOS (hours of service) regulations. This means keeping a copy of drivers’ log books for at least six months. Many companies encourage their drivers to break these rules in order to meet unrealistic schedules. Trucking companies are also required to conduct a yearly review of driving records.
These are just some of the many responsibilities carriers are subject to. If you or a loved on has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, contact an experienced trucking accident attorney today.