Employer Negligence in Truck Accidents
Dedicated Truck Accident Attorney Serving Louisville
At Justice Law Office, we know the importance of paying attention to details when investigating commercial truck accidents. Oftentimes, employer negligence is found to be a factor in the crash. Our Louisville truck accident lawyer has years of experience representing injured clients, and can investigate your case to determine who is at fault. We believe employers and trucking companies need to be held responsible for negligent or reckless actions. Call our firm today at (502) 822-2230 for efficient legal assistance.
Employers & Trucking Companies Can Be Held Liable for Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets forth trucking regulations. These cover training requirements, limitations on hours behind the wheel for drivers, proper loading techniques, truck maintenance, requirements for transporting hazardous materials, and requirements for rest breaks. If a trucking company or employer fails to obey the regulations, or pressures drivers to violate the standards, the employer or company may be held liable for the accident.
Employer negligence includes:
- Failing to properly load vehicles
- Failing to properly train drivers
- Failing to inspect trucks
- Failing to hire adequate, safe drivers
- Failing to obey federal and state trucking regulations
Truck driver fatigue is a main cause of commercial truck accidents. Federal regulations limit a driver’s time behind the wheel to 11 hours per day, and no more than a minimum average of 70 hours per week. Should the time limit be met, the driver may continue to work after 34 consecutive hours of mandatory rest. Because of tight deadlines and financial profits, employers often pressure drivers to driver longer and faster than regulations allow.
However, this results in tired drivers who cannot make fast judgments while driving. A slow reaction time, difficulty concentrating, and increased sleepiness can lead to an accident. While drivers are required to keep a log that accounts for every hour on the road, employers may encourage them to be dishonest to reach the destination faster.
Seek the Experienced Legal Assistance of Our Attorney
Justice Law Firm works hard to hold negligent employers and trucking companies liable in truck accidents. If you have been injured, the driver may be at fault. However, we can conduct a thorough investigation by requesting police reports, talking to witnesses, and looking at documentation to determine if the employer is partially responsible. You deserve compensation for your injuries, and our Louisville truck accident lawyer can discuss your options and strive to determine a beneficial course of action.
Contact us today for a free consultation.