Trucking companies have certain responsibilities when it comes to purchasing trucks, hiring drivers and maintaining vehicles. They must make sure that safety is always a priority, especially because of the extremely serious impact that truck collisions can have.
This is why, in many cases, victims of truck accidents can make a liability claim against the trucking company instead of the person who was driving the commercial truck. Trucking companies may be considered legally liable for a number of reasons.
Why might trucking companies be considered legally liable for a truck crash?
One of the primary reasons why a trucking company might be held responsible for a truck crash is if the vehicle was found to be defective or poorly maintained. The trucking company has a duty to make sure that all parts of the truck are safe to be on the road. Poorly maintained tires or brakes in a truck can have catastrophic consequences.
In addition, trucking companies may be held responsible if it is found that the truck driver was not adequately trained, or if they were not subject to the legally required amount of drug and alcohol testing. Through vicarious liability, there are many situations where it can be possible for a truck accident victim to make a claim against the company that employed the driver.
When making a claim against a trucking company, it is important that you are able to show fault through either negligence or reckless behavior. By showing fault, it is likely that you will be able to recoup damages for the pain and suffering that you endured, as well as other damages.