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Can Trucking Companies Contribute to Traffic Accidents? 

When you think of truck accidents, you likely think of negligence on the part of truck drivers, and such negligence is frequently the cause. The trucking companies themselves, however, can be found directly responsible for dangerous truck accidents, and they can also be deemed liable for contributing to these accidents. The fact of the matter is that trucking companies bear considerable responsibility when it comes to their rigs and their drivers. If a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney can help. 

Truck Driver Negligence

When truck drivers engage in negligent driving practices, they are obviously responsible for doing so, but this is not the end of the matter. The trucking industry is a thriving industry that is fueled by our bustling economy, and when trucking companies choose to cut corners in order to pad their bottom lines, safety can take a backseat. For example, there are strict hours of service restrictions that truck drivers are required by law to follow (in an effort to keep dangerously drowsy truckers off our roads), and when trucking companies push or coerce their drivers to ignore, skirt, elude, or otherwise ignore these restrictions, the company can be deemed to have contributed to any accidents that ensue. 

The Trucking Company’s Considerable Responsibilities

When it comes to truck accidents, the trucking company can shoulder a significant degree of responsibility, including:

  • Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining their rigs in safe working order.
  • Trucking companies are responsible for hiring truck drivers who have the required commercial driver’s license (CDL), which – according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a non-commercial vehicle.
  • Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring they have adequate safety and maintenance checklists and schedules in place and for ensuring they are enforced. 
  • Trucking companies are responsible for hiring reliable, well-trained, and experienced truck mechanics. 
  • Trucking companies are responsible for implementing policies that adhere to all federal and state trucking rules, regulations, and restrictions. 
  • Trucking companies are responsible for overseeing and ensuring that the trailers it sends out on our roads are loaded correctly and safely.   

Ultimately, trucking companies have the responsibility of sending out trucks that are in good working repair, that are manned by safe and experienced drivers, that are loaded with care, and that travel on a schedule that doesn’t push the boundaries of safety. 

Turn to an Experienced Chicago Truck Accident Attorney for the Legal Guidance You Need

Truck accidents are some of the deadliest on our roadways, and while truck driver negligence often plays a role, trucking companies bear considerable responsibility and can be deemed liable. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, the accomplished Chicago truck accident attorneys at The Horwitz Law Group are well prepared to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to schedule your free initial consultation by contacting us today.

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