Trucking accidents can be deadly, and can easily occur if safety measures are overlooked. In 2020, 4,965 people died in crashes involving trucks. Different contributing factors led to these accidents, and some can be linked to the trucking company.
Trucking accidents can be complicated because the driver may not be the only one at fault. This guide discusses when a trucking company may be partly responsible for an accident.
A trucking company can be negligent in different ways. First, hiring incompetent drivers or failing to do background checks is negligent and can lead to accidents. Truck drivers need appropriate skills and training.
In addition, it may be best for a trucking company to perform regular alcohol and drug tests according to the law to prevent drunk or intoxicated drivers from operating their trucks.
Failing to maintain trucks is another negligent action that could cause an accident.
A trucking company’s expectations may encourage a truck driver to engage in aggressive behaviors. For instance, if a driver is expected to move large amounts of cargo in a day, they may be forced to speed and violate traffic laws to make several trips to complete the order, and this can lead to an accident.
Another dangerous expectation is working longer hours without adequate breaks or rest. Some trucking companies have schedules that make it more likely a driver falls asleep at the wheel.
If a trucking company’s negligence or expectations or policies caused your accident, you may be able to hold them liable for the compensation you need.