Trucking Company Negligence
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are usually very serious simply because of the size of the vehicle involved, especially if a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle or motorcycle. The injuries suffered by people who get into these crashes are often severe and disabling, and fatalities are not uncommon.
If you’ve been injured in a large truck accident, Bhatt Law Group may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries, especially if trucking company negligence was involved. Our Jersey City truck accident lawyers can help you prove the trucking company that operated the truck involved is liable for your injuries. Call us today at (201) 798-8000 for a free initial consultation.
Duty to Maintain, Repair, and Inspect Trucks
Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that the trucks they operate are properly cared for and maintained. These vehicles are subjected to extensive use and often have very rigorous delivery schedules. Trucking companies have to carry out specific and detailed maintenance schedules for these trucks so that their drivers and other vehicles on the road are kept safe.
Many of these inspection, maintenance, and repair duties of trucking companies are outlined in federal regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If a trucking company fails to follow these regulations, they may be subject to sanctions by the FMCSA, as well as be held liable in personal injury lawsuits stemming from truck accidents caused by their dangerous trucks.
Duties in Hiring Safe Drivers
Trucking companies have a duty to take reasonable steps to hire qualified, trained, and safe drivers. This duty goes beyond checking if a candidate has a valid commercial driver’s license, which is merely the first step. Under FMCSA’s regulations, trucking companies have to conduct an extensive investigation and inquiry on every candidate that it considers hiring. These duties include:
- Conducting an inquiry in each state where the candidate held or holds a driver’s license for the past three years
- Investigating the candidate’s performance history and safety records with other trucking companies for the past three years
- Conducting necessary interviews, letters, drug and alcohol tests, and other good faith efforts to gain background knowledge of a candidate
If a company fails to follow these steps, it may be liable for negligence if that driver causes a crash while driving one of the company’s trucks.
Properly Retaining Truck Drivers
Once a trucking company has hired a candidate, it has an ongoing duty to ensure that the driver continues to be qualified and safe on the road. FMCSA regulations require companies to conduct an annual review of a driver’s record, which includes checking if the driver has had any traffic violations in the last twelve months and if any of these violations are disqualifying by law, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Trucking companies are responsible for providing ongoing training regarding safety and other necessary aspects of driving as well. They should keep records of driver safety courses, special certifications, and any other ongoing education in which drivers engage. If a company fails to properly train drivers regarding new equipment, trucks, or laws, it may be liable for injuries that are caused by that failure.
A Jersey City Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Bhatt Law Group has been helping people pursue New Jersey truck accident claims since 2006. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience in helping people recover compensation for their injuries. If you’ve been in an accident, we understand the frustration that you are likely experiencing in dealing with insurance companies, hospitals, and the other drivers or companies involved. With us on your side, you will have a team of experienced attorneys reviewing your case and ensuring that your rights are protected.
Call one of our skilled attorneys today at (201) 798-8000 for a free consultation.