Commercial trucks or 18-wheelers are involved in close to 500,000 accidents every year in the United States. And while all motor vehicle accidents are dangerous, truck accidents are especially devastating because of their size and weight. In fact, these vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Because of the high risk of destruction, the safety of the driver and every other motorist on the road depends on a number of factors from the condition of the vehicle to drivers actions, and even the actions of the truck driving company.
Truck companies have a number of responsibilities, all of which help keep motorists safe while on the road. Their responsibilities range from ensuring trucks are in proper working order and that drivers meet all qualifications. When trucking companies do not act responsibly, they are knowingly putting innocent lives at risk. If you have suffered an injury from a negligent truck company, you may want to take legal action by filing a civil lawsuit.
Examples of Employer Negligence
When truck drivers act recklessly and fail to live up to their responsibilities, they may be held liable in the event of an accident. Some common examples of trucking company negligence include the following:
* Hiring unqualified drivers who dont have a drivers license or commercial drivers license
* Not properly training new drivers
* Failing to ensure drivers are following the hours of service laws
* Hiring drivers who have criminal records or history of DWIs
* Not properly inspecting and maintaining vehicles before sending them on the road
If you have suffered due to any of the above actions, dont hesitate to get in touch with an experienced and committed Wisconsin personal injury lawyer who can help you fight and recover financial compensation. You dont have to go through this time alone so call and speak with an attorney today.