When the Trucking Company Is Liable for an Accident

Clients who have been injured in truck accidents rely on us to thoroughly investigate their cases. What we have discovered is that many times, truck driver’s employer can be the one at-fault for causing the accident. How is that possible, since they were not even present at the scene? It all comes down to the legal concept of negligence. Even though the company was not physically present nor involved at that moment, they can still be considered negligent for causing the accident.

Examples of Trucking Company Negligence

The law requires all 18-wheeler commercial trucks to have reflective tape adhered to the vehicles to allow other drivers’ greater visibility, which is especially at night. The reflective tape illuminates when another vehicle’s headlights shine on them, and signals to the other drivers that there is a truck up ahead. It is up to the trucking company to ensure that the reflective tape is present, but also clean and intact, with nothing obstructing them.

These are other examples where a trucking company may be in the wrong:

  • Disobeying the cargo limit laws and overloading the truck
  • Ignoring the safety guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
  • Allowing or forcing the truck driver to exceed hourly or mileage limits
  • Making poor hiring decisions or failing to provide driver training
  • Continuing to retain and employ a driver with a history of reckless driving

The path to finding compensation in cases of employer negligence may not always be clear. As Birmingham truck accident lawyers, we have seen many of these types of cases and know that it requires a tremendous amount of investigation and research to determine the right course.

Fischer & Associates, LLC Attorneys At Law has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients and are highly experienced trial lawyers. If you need legal counsel to discuss your truck accident case, do not hesitate to contact us. We can walk you through every step of the process.

Contact our firm today by calling (866) 262-2232!