Following a truck accident, many accident victims wonder who they may hold accountable for their losses. There are numerous instances in which a trucking company may be held responsible, so you should always consult with an experienced Fayette County truck accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law to discuss your particular case.

Trucking companies may engage in many different types of negligent behavior. Some examples of such negligence may include the following:

  • Hiring drivers who are not properly licensed with a CDL

  • Hiring drivers with a history of dangerous driving, serious traffic violations, or drug or alcohol abuse

  • Failing to properly train drivers

  • Allowing unqualified drivers to operate certain vehicles

  • Not conducting the random drug and alcohol testing on drivers as required by the FMCSA

  • Failing to discipline drivers for drug or alcohol use or other FMCSA violations

  • Not providing sufficient supervision to ensure all drivers are in FMCSA compliance

  • Encouraging drivers to violate FMCSA regulations or threatening their jobs if they refuse

  • Not regularly maintaining and inspecting all trucks in the fleet

  • Hiring unqualified mechanics or dispatchers

  • Falsifying records for the appearance of compliance

Additionally, certain legal principles allow accident victims to hold trucking companies liable for negligent behaviors of their employees, including drivers. Therefore, if a negligent truck driver caused your accident, an experienced lawyer can advise you whether you should also bring a legal claim against the trucking company to maximize your recovery.

Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation

Trucking companies have many resources with which to compensate accident victims, however these companies also have legal teams and insurance representatives seeking to protect the company’s assets. In order to receive the full recovery you deserve, you should always have representation from a truck accident attorney experienced in taking on large trucking corporations. At Shane Smith Law, we will work to ensure you recover the maximum possible amount, so please call today at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation.

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