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How Can an Attorney Help You If You’ve Been in a Transportation Accident

Important Factors in a Truck Accident

In all trucking accident cases, it is crucial to record all possible factors that might have contributed to an accident. This is essential before you can establish a strong and competent claim against the defendants. Here are some of the common causes of trucking accidents:

• Violation of Commercial Vehicle Rules: Erring truck drivers and companies often violate basic carrier safety statutes and regulations that were created precisely to protect the general public. If any state or federal laws and regulations for carriers have been violated, then the trucking company should obviously compensate you for your injury.

• Negligent Hiring: The ultimate responsibility for screening truck drivers belongs to the trucking companies themselves. Considering that the general public may be adversely affected by the competency, conduct, and demeanor of their chosen drivers, trucking companies are rightfully required by law to extensively investigate their driving histories. If there is a failure on the part of the trucking company to properly and comprehensively investigate its driver, then they could be held liable for negligent hiring.

• Lack of Driver Training or Truck Maintenance: Trucking companies are expected to ensure the constant and proper training of their drivers when it comes to their behavior and driving skills. They should also ensure that all their trucks are well inspected and maintained before embarking on the road. In fact, there are specifics statutes and regulations that are in place for strict compliance with these requirements, and if a trucking company is negligent in any of these, then they are exposed to liability.

• Distracted, Tired, and DUI Truck Drivers: If a driver is subjected to driving too many hours on the road, was distracted or even drove under the influence, then they are obviously liable for any accidents that they may have started under these conditions.

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