Who Is Responsible in a Trucking Accident ─ the Driver or the Trucking Company?
Many people automatically assume after a truck accident that the truck driver was to blame for the wreck. This is often the case. If the truck driver violated a traffic law, failed to check blind spots, was driving while distracted, or acted negligently in any other way, the driver can be held responsible for the crash. However, in many cases, the trucking company is also to blame.
If the trucking company failed to meet any of its obligations, it can be found at fault for the accident. Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring they only hire skilled and trained drivers, check the driver’s criminal background and driving history before hiring them, and continue to provide training. Trucking companies are also responsible for ensuring their trucks are properly maintained and safe to be out on the road. When they fail to do any of these things, they can be found responsible for a crash.