The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict regulations in place to keep unsafe, fatigued, or ill truck drivers off the roads. When an accident occurs and an FMCSA violation is discovered, fingers generally immediately point in the direction of the truck driver. However, sometimes truck drivers have nothing but good intentions and the only reason they have violated any law is due to pressure from their employer—the trucking company. This situation is more common than one may think, as some rogue truck companies are willing to hang drivers out to dry in order to increase their bottom line. If you have been injured in a truck accident due to negligent behavior, call an experienced Corinth truck accident attorney for help today.
Some truck companies are notorious for doing the following actions:
- Scheduling planned load pickups and deliveries that would require a driver to drive faster than the speed limit in order to get to his destinations on time.
- Encouraging drivers to continue driving or to take on another load even if they say they are too fatigued or ill.
- Penalizing drivers for taking rest or sleep breaks or for refusing to violate hours of service regulations.
When drivers feel the pressure to violate the law, they often fear their miles may be cut or that they may even be fired for refusing to participate in wrongful driving behaviors.
Contact a Corinth personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, it may have occurred because the trucking company encouraged the truck driver to violate hours of service rules, speed limits, or to otherwise complete unrealistic and even dangerous schedule. In such instances, the trucking company should be held fully liable for its actions and should pay you a full and fair settlement. The truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith work to hold truck companies accountable, so please call our office today at (770) 487-8999 for assistance.