Trucking companies are responsible to follow federal and state regulations for screening and training new drivers. If a trucking company fails to properly hire and/or train their employees, they may be held liable for any injuries that their employees cause. Scheduling can sometimes be a problem as well, and negligent companies may not allow a driver enough time to rest when making his or her delivery. This is particularly dangerous, as driver fatigue accounts for many accidents involving trucks and passenger vehicles each year.
Commercial truck drivers have specific federal and state regulations they are required to follow. These rules cover training, hours of operation, pre-trip safety checks, annual physicals and drug testing rules. Some roads also have stricter limits on speeding and have to obtain a special license to operate a commercial vehicle.
Federal regulations provide specific rules for safe loading and securing cargo. While the driver has some responsibilities for safely securing cargo, other parties involved in the loading may share in the responsibility. It is important that all potential parties be identified to ensure that full compensation is recovered.