Aside from the driver, another party that can be held liable for a truck accident is a trucking company. At first glance, the employer would want nothing to do with the accident. Often the blame for an accident lies on the driver for not showing reasonable care for the welfare of other drivers. But come to think of it, the trucking company can also be partially at fault for truck accidents.
The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® reveals that either way a truck accident can cause immeasurable damage to the victim and their family. As mentioned, while the liability for the accident falls on the driver, there are also instances when the trucking firm can have partial fault for the accident. The trucking company can be held liable for the following instances:
- The driver who operates their trucks is not qualified or does not have a license
- Not conducting random drug and alcohol testing as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Not ensuring that their drivers comply with FMCSA regulations
- Not giving sanctions to drivers who fail drug or alcohol tests and who are found to be noncompliant with FMCSA guidelines
- Allowing trucks to operate even though they were not properly inspected and maintained
- Forcing drivers to work beyond the regular working hours. It is their job to keep drivers from being fatigued.
Owners of trucking companies will do everything in their power to make sure that they will not be held liable for accidents or injuries that will be caused by their drivers. These companies have the money to hire the best lawyer who will represent them in court. So if you or your loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident, you wouldn’t let the liable party or parities get away in paying the damages you deserve.