Trucking accidents are inevitable from time to time, given the sheer size of trucks on the roads today. Driving a larger truck can be difficult, but this doesn’t mean that accidents are inadmissible. As the city’s trucking accident lawyers, we are well accustomed to the ins and outs of what occurs when a truck is involved in a road accident. Whether it’s with another truck, standard traffic, or with its shipping materials, trucking accidents can be dangerous and, sometimes, even deadly.
Many trucking accidents occur as a result of a driver error. Since truckers often drive for long shifts at all hours of the night, it’s common that many can become sleepy at the wheel and lose sight of the road. Others may simply have misjudged how much space they had on the road and can easily hit or cut off other traffic. Driver errors are also prone to construction or traffic, where the roads are narrowed because of more cars and less space. When a trucking accident happens the driver is at fault and, in most cases, will be liable for your injuries.
In cases where the driver is not at fault for the trucking accident, or the accident is credited to company error, then the company will be liable for your injuries or of those involved. Company errors can come in many forms, particularly on the direction in which they advise their drivers to go, how to perform the work, and many more factors. We will help settle the details when your claims are filed as the company attorney will most likely need copies of the claims as well. These claims help companies implement future standards to avoid company errors again.
Companies also have the responsibility to control their fleet. If a company is sending faulty trucks, unlicensed drivers, or over-packed trucks out on the roads, they are putting both their employees and other drivers at risk for an accident. Companies are in charge of their fleet of trucks and are held to an expectation to have them packed and serviced adequately before putting them on the road. If and when this does not happen, they can result in loose cargo, damaged cargo, and even injury to other drivers on the road.
Ultimately, trucking accidents can be overcome with more attention to detail for both the drivers and the companies at fault. Both have the responsibility to ensure that the driving techniques and shipping methods they use are safe and secure, without risking the livelihood of any other drivers or their cars. This also means that companies are expected to give training sessions to their drivers, inspect for certifications, up-to-date tags and registration, maintain a quality fleet, and that the products they are transporting are not harmful during movement. When companies can check all of these boxes, they are no longer negligent towards other drivers and the community, but also trustworthy while on the road.