How Can Trucking Companies Be Negligent?

By on 1-24-2016 in Personal Injury

If a truck driver on the road causes an accident then it’s the truck driver at fault, right?

This is not always the case. Sometimes, the fault is in the employer. How is that if the employer or a representative of the trucking company wasn’t even there in the first place? The answer can be as simple as they did not quite check the eligibility of the driver before putting them on the road.

A truck driver must be specifically and professionally trained as a driver in order to operate a truck – especially an eighteen wheeler truck. The size and weight of a truck makes its potential for damage just that much greater, which gives it a higher level of risk – and that puts it on a different level from car accidents and the like altogether. There are also certain technical aspects of driving a truck that makes it difficult to operate such as how to properly turn and switch lanes, as well as knowing who to properly drive while keeping the blind spots in mind, and the kind of speed that something carrying such a massive weight can handle.

So, if a trucking company then willfully puts an inexperienced or unqualified driver behind the wheeler of a truck of that magnitude, that can be grounds for negligence and it would not be the driver’s fault. That kind of negligence then makes the trucking company liable for the damages and consequences that resulted from the incident.

Some people may find it difficult to go against an entire company but it is important to hold them accountable for their carelessness and negligence, especially if it has resulted in the injury of another person – or, in the cases of truck accidents, other groups of people.