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When is a Company Liable After a Truck Crash?

Truck accidents can result in devastating consequences due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks. Many trucks are involved in crashes when making routine deliveries for companies like Amazon, UPS, or FedEx.

When a truck accident occurs, determining liability is crucial so you can seek compensation from the right parties. Often, truck driver errors cause crashes, and the driver should be liable. However, trucking companies might also share liability for many accidents. This can be beneficial, as corporations tend to have greater insurance coverage, which increases the chances you can receive full compensation. 

Below are some scenarios in which trucking companies may be deemed responsible. If you suffered injuries in a truck crash, immediately seek help from our Clearwater truck accident attorneys today.

Trucking Company Negligence

Companies can be negligent and lead to accidents in the following ways, among others.

Negligent Hiring and Training

Truck companies have a duty to hire qualified and skilled drivers. If they hire drivers without proper qualifications, fail to perform background checks, or neglect to provide adequate training, they could be held liable if driver incompetence contributes to an accident.

Negligent Supervision

Truck companies must provide appropriate supervision and monitoring of their drivers. If they fail to monitor hours of service compliance, drug and alcohol testing, or adherence to safety protocols, they might be held responsible for accidents resulting from driver fatigue or impairment.

Inadequate Maintenance and Inspections

Truck companies are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are properly maintained and regularly inspected. If an accident occurs due to faulty brakes, worn tires, or other maintenance-related issues, the company could be held liable for negligence in maintaining its fleet.

Loading and Cargo Issues

Improperly loaded or unsecured cargo can lead to accidents. If a truck company fails to properly load and secure cargo, resulting in a rollover, spillage, or other accidents, they may be held liable for resulting injuries.

Violations of Regulations

Truck companies are subject to numerous state and federal regulations, including hours of service, weight limits, and maintenance requirements. If a company violates these regulations and an accident occurs as a result, it may be liable for its non-compliance.

Vicarious Liability

Truck companies do not have to be negligent to have liability for an accident. Companies can also be held vicariously liable for the actions of their drivers. If a driver is found to be negligent while performing their duties and driving a company vehicle, the company can be held responsible for the driver's actions without you having to prove negligence on the part of the company.

A Clearwater Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help

Establishing truck company liability requires a thorough investigation of the accident, including examining company records, driver history, maintenance logs, and adherence to regulations. If you're involved in a truck accident, seeking help from our experienced truck accident lawyers is crucial. Contact the office of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos for more information.