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When is the Trucking Company At Fault?

Posted on November 17, 2016 to

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Highway TrafficThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimated over 327,000 commercial truck crashes occur every year in the United States. Semi crashes are some of the most dangerous and potentially fatal vehicle collisions that can happen on the roadway. While driver error is a common cause of semi truck accidents, many of these deadly collisions can be caused by the negligent actions of a trucking company.

Trucking companies will do everything in their power to discredit your claim and dodge responsibility for your damages and harm. This is why you need a truck accident attorney to help you take up the fight against the trucking company that caused your injuries. Through legal action, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the pain you have suffered and help put an end to negligent trucking company practices.

The nationally recognized personal injury law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. have offices across the Metropolitan area, including in the District of Columbia; Greenbelt, Maryland; and Fairfax, Virginia. We have been helping victims fight trucking company greed for more than 35 years. Our DC truck accident lawyers will put their experience to work for you if you have been injured in a truck accident in and around the DC Metropolitan area, with the resources to handle national cases.

When is the Trucking Company Responsible for a Truck Accident?

In the past, trucking companies attempted to keep themselves from being held responsible for truck accidents by hiring drivers as independent contractors. However, federal trucking laws have since ended their ability to exploit this loophole. Now, the regulations have changed to allow trucking companies to be held accountable for truck crashes involving their vehicles.

In a truck accident lawsuit, you may end up pursuing damages from multiple parties, including the driver, the trucking company and the truck insurance company. The trucking company may be at fault for the wreck when it fails to maintain equipment, demands too much of truck drivers, encourages dangerous driving behaviors, fails to inspect vehicles or improperly loads or overloads its trucks.

Common acts of trucking company negligence include:

  • Inadequate driver training
  • Failure to perform background checks on employees
  • Pushing drivers to work an unsafe number of hours
  • Neglecting truck maintenance
  • Overloading or improperly loading cargo

Sadly, many trucking companies cause accidents because they are more interested in saving time and money than they are in keeping their trucks and drivers safe. They buy cheap tires, skip maintenance checkups, neglect failing brakes and push their drivers to stay behind the wheel far beyond safe limits, all in the name of increased profits.

Should I Sue the Trucking Company?

If you are injured in a truck accident, you have a legal right to hold the company accountable for any poor decisions that led to the wreck. The laws involving the trucking industry are always changing, and many cases establish legal precedence. New truck accident lawsuits can be used to help improve trucking industry practices and procedures in the future. Our nationally recognized accident lawyers have successfully handled truck accident lawsuits that have improved the ways in which certain industries now handle injury claims.

Vehicle collisions involving commercial trucks can cause immense bodily harm that, if trucking companies had acted reasonably, could have been prevented. If you are recovering from injuries caused by a trucking accident, it is important that you consult with an attorney to explore your rights and options for taking up the fight against the company that caused your injuries.

Get Help from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

Free advice is available when you contact our office. An experienced and qualified Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney is ready to work with you to find the best legal solution for the injuries you suffered. Through legal action, you may be able to recover compensation to pay for your medical treatments, rehabilitation, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering.

Contact our office online for a free consultation and review of your situation, or call one of our local offices in Washington, D.C. at (202) 659-5500, Greenbelt at (301) 345-5700 or Fairfax at (703) 218-4410 now.