Many new clients, who retain our Miami truck accident lawyers to represent them, will conclude the driver of the truck is individually responsible for damages. However, this is not always the case as trucking companies are at times responsible for accidents involving their trucks and the innocent drivers of passenger motor vehicles. Trucking companies have a certain responsibility that they must meet in order to keep their drivers and the public safe. They must, for instance, employ only responsible drivers and maintain their fleet of trucks in a thorough manner. Failure to observe these important requirements can result in devastating accidents that may be attributed to the trucking company.
Trucking Company Negligence
Trucking company negligence can be more difficult to uncover because it is less visible and occurs behind the scenes. Though it will take some extra investigating, trucking company negligence can be rooted out and can serve the basis for legal liability. Some examples of trucking company negligence can be found below:
- Hours of Service Violations: The Hours of Service Regulations are designed to keep the public safe on national roadways. When the rules are followed, there is less of a risk of accidents. The hours of service rules place limits on how long a truck driver can be on the road. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring their drivers adhere to the hours of service requirements and do not falsify logs. Liability can arise from hours of service violations.
- Failure to Train Employees: Trucking companies are responsible for the training of all employees. If a truck driver is involved in an accident that is linked to poor training, the trucking company can be held accountable if the plaintiff can prove the trucking company did not adequately train their employees.
- Negligent Hiring Practices: Trucking companies must closely screen their drivers to ensure they are responsible drivers with clean backgrounds. If after a truck accident it is uncovered that the trucking company failed to adequately screen potential drivers, the trucking company can be held accountable.
- Failure to Maintain Vehicles: Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their fleet of vehicles. If they fail to routinely inspect vehicles or make needed repairs, the results can be catastrophic. Truck accident victims who uncover the accident stemmed from poor maintenance can file suit against the trucking company and may be eligible to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Zealous and Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the South Florida Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional truck accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.