Wrapping up our three-part blog 7 Ways Trucking Company Negligence Causes Accidents, here is some final information about common forms of trucking company negligence that often contributes to traffic accidents.
- Failure to maintain trucks – Keeping trucks well maintained is one of the fundamental responsibilities that trucking companies have. As part of this responsibility, trucking companies need to make sure that:
- The vehicles in their fleet are being regularly and thoroughly inspected by trained professionals.
- When equipment is found to be defective, broken and/or worn down, it is promptly replaced.
- The maintenance on trucks is being done by a qualified technician.
When trucking companies are negligent in their responsibility to make sure their trucks are properly maintained, they can be held liable in truck accident lawsuits if a poorly maintained vehicle ends up causing an accident.
- Overloading or improperly loading trucks – How trucks are loaded is extremely important to ensuring safe travel for both the truck driver and other motorists on the road. Not only are there very specific weight limits that trucking companies have to be aware of and comply with, but there are also specific regulations regarding how certain types of cargo should be loaded.
For example, trucks transporting hazardous, toxic or flammable materials have to abide by very specific loading (and unloading) requirements. Additionally, when loading trucks, trucking companies need to make sure their employees properly balance truck loads – otherwise, there will be a significantly increased risk of rollovers and other truck accidents.
- Ignoring evidence of driver intoxication/failing to drug test drivers – Trucking companies are generally responsible for being aware of when drivers may be operating big rigs while intoxicated (with alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications and/or illegal drugs).
If there is evidence that a driver has been intoxicated while on-duty and trucking companies fail to investigate such evidence or officially reprimand drivers for such behaviors, they will be considered to be negligent if these intoxicated drivers ultimately cause truck accidents.
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