Trucking companies have a number of responsibilities when it comes to sending out truck drivers, their tractor trailers and cargo onto the roads. While some of these responsibilities are officially regulated by federal and state trucking regulations, in other cases, they are less official but no less important.
Despite the legal and ethical obligations that trucking companies have, unfortunately, many of them:
- Act negligently or recklessly
- Prioritize their own profits over the safety of other motorists
- Endanger the lives of other people on the road, as this type of negligence can significantly increase the risk of severe, potentially deadly truck accidents.
Below and in two upcoming installments of this blog, we will discuss 7 common ways in which trucking companies’ can be negligent and, in turn, cause accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by any of these forms of negligence (or any type of recklessness), the Englewood truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC will be ready to fight for your rights to compensation.
Trucking Company Negligence
Common forms of trucking company negligence that can lead to serious accidents can include:
- Failure to screen drivers prior to hiring them – Before putting truckers on the road hauling heavy cargo, trucking companies should conduct background checks on potential drivers to see if these people are, in fact, eligible for employment. Such background checks can reveal important information about drivers, such as whether drivers:
- Have DUI convictions
- May have drug-related convictions
- Have a history of reckless driving (which would be evidenced through various traffic violations).
If trucking companies choose to forego this critical step in the hiring process, and unscreened drivers they hire end up causing truck accidents, these companies will be liable for their negligence. In fact, they may even be ordered to pay punitive damages in these cases.
- Failing to equip trucks with essential safety equipment – Reflective lights, underride guard rails and other safety equipment can be crucial to preventing truck accidents or lessening the severity of them if they occur. When trucking companies’ vehicles lack such safety equipment, this form of negligence can result in these businesses being held liable for compensating accident victims for their injuries and losses.
Check out the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for a continued discussion regarding common forms of trucking company negligence.
Englewood Truck Accident Attorneys at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Englewood truck accident lawyers have a proven track record of successfully handling truck accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.