People injured in truck accidents automatically look to the driver of the truck when it comes to identifying liability. Examples of situations in which the truck driver caused the crash include:
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Tired driving
- Unsafe driving
However, there are some situations in which a truck driver bears little or no fault for truck accidents. You may wonder how a business that is many miles away from the scene of a crash can be at fault. The following scenarios explain how a trucking company may bear responsibility for a collision.
If the trucking business places productivity above safety, drivers may feel pressured to violate trucking regulations. This might include driving faster than the speed limit or not taking mandatory rest periods.
In another scenario, the company may hire drivers without doing proper background checks. For instance, if an investigation reveals that the driver has a history of DUI arrests, the business may be liable for truck accidents this driver caused.
A third way the company may have caused a victim's injuries is by letting its drivers take unsafe trucks out on the road. If the company ignores fleet maintenance and the truck experiences a mechanical problem resulting in a crash, victims may hold the company liable.
Identifying fault when truck accidents occur is an important element of accident-related personal injury claims. Determining all parties that contributed to the crash gives victims the chance to acquire full compensation for his or her injuries. This is why it is important to consult with an attorney if you or a loved one is injured in a truck crash.