Continuing from 7 Ways Trucking Company Negligence Causes Accidents (Pt. 1), here, we will continue to spotlight some of the most common forms of trucking company negligence. If you have been in a truck accident, let the Aurora truck accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC put their experience and resources to work for you. Our attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
In addition to failure to screen drivers and failure to equip trucks with safety equipment, as mentioned in Part 1, other common forms of trucking company negligence include:
- Failure to train drivers – Although truck drivers may be required to have their commercial driver’s licenses in order to secure a position with a trucking company, it’s typically up to the company to ensure that the driver has the proper training before putting him or her behind the wheel of a semi or big rig.
This means that trucking companies may need to train and/or test drivers to make sure they can safely operate full loaded trucks in various conditions (including on uphill/downhill roads, in poor weather conditions, etc.). This can also mean that trucking companies have to train drivers to properly load trucks, inspect trucks between driving shifts, etc.
When trucking companies fail to train their drivers and these drivers cause truck accidents, the trucking company will likely be responsible for compensating accident victims for their injuries and losses.
- Giving drivers incentives to violate hours-of-service regulations – Trucking companies may offer bonuses or other incentives to drivers to encourage them to get their cargo to the destination ahead of schedule. However, these incentives can, in turn, motivate drivers to violate federal hours-of-service regulations, which are in place to limit the number of hours drivers can operate big rigs in a specific day or week.
While violating these regulations can result in serious penalties for both truckers and trucking companies, it can also result in severe traffic accidents, which can be the basis of lawsuits against negligent companies.
The upcoming third part of this blog will provide some final examples of trucking company negligence. Don’t miss it!
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