Utah Trucking Company Lawyers
Trucking companies have a legal duty to maintain high standards of practice and conduct that are critical for 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.
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.
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a truck accident, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at Elegal. To contact our Salt Lake City law office, call 801-326-3633 or contact us by e-mail.