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When may a trucking company be liable for a crash?

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2021 | Personal injury

If a semi-truck driver makes a mistake on the road, it’s easy to see that they are responsible for the crash. Say a driver looks at their phone, drifts over the centerline, and crashes into a pickup truck. The fault lies with the driver. 

But there are also cases where the fault lies partially or even entirely with the trucking company. The fault may not all fall on that driver. It’s important to consider why this happens when seeking financial compensation after being injured in such a crash. 

The driver had inadequate training 

Driving a semi can be difficult, and the ramifications of a crash are so serious that all drivers need proper training and certification. A company should not send an unprepared driver on the road simply because they have a job to get done. 

The driver is given an unrealistic schedule 

Truck drivers should never feel that they have to rush or work so many hours in a row that they’re exhausted. Even if it means a shipment takes longer, they need to have a schedule that puts safety first. 

The driver is rewarded for rushing 

This is, unfortunately, fairly common. Many drivers are paid by the mile, which means that faster driving is the best way to earn more money. Rushing is common in many industries, but it is not usually as dangerous as on the road. 

In any case, if you have been injured in a crash with a truck driver, make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have.