The size and weight of 18-wheelers and semi trucks can make any accident involving these vehicles disastrous. It is important that everything—from the experience of the driver to the maintenance of the truck—is carefully investigated.
Federal and state regulations make trucking companies responsible for both the driving and mechanical quality of semi trucks and 18-wheelers. Failure to comply with these safety rules can lead to devastating accidents and injuries.
Common Types of Motor Carrier (trucking company) Negligence
Trucking companies have many different responsibilities, and carelessness in any of these areas can result in serious accidents. Some common forms of employer negligence include:
- Failure to follow Hours of Service regulations
- Hiring unlicensed truck drivers
- Failure to properly screen drivers
- Hiring inexperienced drivers
- Failure to train newly licensed drivers
- Hiring truck drivers with serious traffic infractions on their records
- Lack of proper maintenance or inadequate maintenance
- Skipping required inspections
- Encouraging drivers to violate rules related to driving hours and required rest periods
You may be able to seek financial compensation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages if you have been hurt due to the negligence of a trucking company or its driver.
Accidents with 18-wheelers and semi trucks can lead to horrific injuries like head trauma and spinal cord damage. If you or a loved one has suffered due to trucking company or driver negligence, contact us for a free consultation at Habush Habush & Rottier, at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).