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When is a Trucking Company Liable for a Truck Accident?

January 29, 2024
By Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

A trucking company can be held liable for a truck accident if the company’s negligence led to the crash, for example by hiring a driver with a poor driving record, failing to maintain its trucks, or hours of service violations. Schedules for the drivers must be realistic and align with inspection guidelines and logging procedures. In 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA)  5,005 truck accidents resulted in fatalities, and 71 percent were passengers in other vehicles.

If you’ve been seriously injured in a truck crash, you can trust the skilled and dedicated team at Rhine Law Firm. We have over 30 years  experience advocating for personal injury victims and are prepared to fight for your right to fair and reasonable compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Due to their size and mass of trucks, truck accidents often involve severe injuries and property damage. Determining liability becomes crucial in seeking compensation for the victims to recover their losses and damages.

As noted above, trucking companies can be held liable for an accident for the following reasons:

  • Inadequate training provided to drivers or hiring drivers with a record of serious offenses such as driving under the influence.
  • Unrealistic demands and deadlines that encourage drivers to violate federally mandated hours of service regulations.
  • Inadequate vehicle inspections and not completing recommended or required maintenance.
  • Ignoring violations that indicate truckers or their vehicles could become a safety hazard on the road.

Other Negligent Parties Who Can Be Held Liable

Trucking companies can be held liable for an accident, but there may be other negligent parties as well, and could include the following:

  1. Drivers: Truckers can also be liable if they are speeding, driving while under the influence, or not adhering to hours of service regulations.
  2. Manufacturers: The manufacturer could be liable due to a defective part. Examples include faulty steering, brakes, or transmission failure.
  3. Cargo Loaders: Overloading or improper loading could cause an accident.

In some cases, several parties might share the responsibility and become co-defendants. This often increases the potential compensation amount for victims. Our team of dedicated and compassionate truck accident lawyers can help you identify all responsible parties and ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation for your damages.

Contact Rhine Law Firm for a Free Consultation

We have spent decades negotiating and litigating cases for clients in truck accidents. Determining liability is a complex process. As noted, it may involve multiple parties, including the trucking company. We have the experience to investigate the accident, gather evidence, analyze black box data, and build a strong and compelling case on your behalf.

Call today for a free consultation; there is no obligation to hire us. Since we work on a contingency basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries.

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