Trucking companies have a legal duty to maintain high standards of practice and conduct that are critical to public safety. When trucking companies do not act responsibly and trucking accidents happen as a result of their negligence, they may be held liable for the damage they cause.
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a truck accident, contact an experienced Salt Lake City truck accident lawyer at Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson Attorneys at Law. To contact our law office, call (801) 901-3470 or contact us online.
Examples of trucking company errors include:
- Negligent hiring of truckers: This includes the hiring of a truck driver who has a bad driving record, lack of experience, or lack of training. In some cases, truck companies even fail to verify that a trucker has a valid commercial driver’s license.
- Negligent loading: Trucks have specific weight requirements. Overloaded trucks are a serious public safety hazard. Cargo carried by a truck must also be properly secured to avoid accidents and injuries caused by falling objects and debris.
- Negligent maintenance: Trucks must be properly maintained. Tires must be replaced when necessary and tire pressure must be checked. Lights must be replaced and monitored as well. Rear bars designed to prevent cars from sliding under a Semi in an accident must work properly. Other parts and safety devices must be checked and maintained on a regular basis to prevent unnecessary risk of harm to the public.
- Negligent training, supervision, and oversight: Trucking companies have a responsibility to properly train, supervise, and manage the truckers they hire. Some trucking companies cut corners. Some even cancel training seminars or retain poorly qualified safety directors. When a truck company expands in size and fails to expand their budget for safety, it is an indication of their general disregard for the safety of motorists.
- Failure to prevent driver fatigue: Trucking companies have dispatchers who should know how far a trucker can safely drive in a day. They have a duty to ensure that their drivers are fit for the road at all times.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, our attorneys will fully investigate to determine if truck driver error or truck company error caused the accident. We will work diligently to hold all negligent parties responsible for their actions and pursue the full compensation you deserve.
Unqualified Drivers in Truck Accidents
When trucking companies and other employers can’t find qualified, licensed drivers with clean records, they often choose to lower their standards rather than lure good drivers with better pay. This increases the likelihood that we share the road with inexperienced, intoxicated, or reckless individuals who are entrusted with an 18-wheeler or other massive vehicle.
The law firm of Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson Attorneys at Law has held freight haulers, package delivery services, and other companies with drivers on the payroll accountable for negligent hiring as a root cause of truck accidents resulting in serious injuries or death. We have won substantial damages in truck accidents across Utah. For proven representation in pursuit of maximum compensation, call (801) 901-3470 or e-mail us to arrange a free consultation.
Our attorneys know what questions to ask and what documents to demand when we suspect that employers were lax in hiring standards or hiring practices.
These are several important questions we will ask:
- Did the job or industry standard require a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? If so, did the trucker hold a valid, current CDL?
- Did the company perform a thorough background check?
- Was the driver found to be at fault for prior accidents?
- Does the driver have convictions for drugs or DUI/DWI?
- Does the driver have a history of serious traffic violations?
- Did the employer require or provide any specific training before handing over the keys to a tractor-trailer, flatbed semi, or other big rig?
Our job is to prove that the employer knowingly hired an unqualified driver or should have known that the person was an accident waiting to happen. Once we have established negligence in hiring, we put our full energy and resources into calculating and collecting appropriate damages for our clients’ medical, economic, and personal losses.
If you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed by an 18-wheeler or commercial vehicle, contact one of our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys in Salt Lake City to discuss your rights and possible claims.