While truck driver negligence like speeding, driving while fatigued and failure to obey traffic laws can play a critical role in many truck accidents, truck company negligence can often play an important role as well. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how truck company errors may contribute to the cause of an auto accident.
Examples of truck company errors include:
- Negligent hiring of truckers: This includes the hiring of a truck driver who has a lack of experience, lack of training or a bad driving record. Some truck companies do not perform a criminal background check on their drivers and actually hire drivers that have a history of reckless driving, drunk driving or other criminal traffic violations. Some truck companies hire truckers that have an expired or suspended commercial driver's license (CDL). Such companies can and should be held responsible for their negligence.
- Failure to prevent driver fatigue: Trucking companies have dispatchers who should know when a truck driver has logged too many miles and may be fatigued. Federal trucking laws require semi truck operators to take adequate rest breaks to prevent driver fatigue.
- Negligent maintenance: Truck lights must be replaced when they are not providing sufficient light. Tires and brakes must be carefully monitored and replaced when necessary. Other parts and safety devices must be checked and properly maintained to reduce the likelihood of a truck accident.
- Negligent loading: Commercial trucks have specific weight requirements. Overloaded trucks are more difficult to stop and are more likely to cause a rollover accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorney at Choulos Choulos & Wyle. Our Bay Area law firm has been advocating passionately on behalf of accident victims throughout Northern California for more than 30 years. We are committed to seeking maximum compensation for people who have been injured by negligent truckers and negligent truck companies.
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