What Is The Trucking Company's Liability?

Trucking is a unique occupation in that most trucking activity happens far from offices where company managers and supervisors work. Nonetheless, trucking companies have clear responsibilities spelled out in state and federal laws as well as codified in industry regulations.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) contain rules for truckers and their employer intended to insure the performance of the truck, the qualifications of the truck driver and the safety of the public from dangerous trucks and drivers. Trucking companies are also required by these regulations to carry higher levels of coverage than other vehicles. The largest trucking companies in the United States include UPS Inc, FedEx Corp., J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Con-way Inc. Caruso Law Offices has represented injured victims against many of them.

Specific examples of trucking company liability in truck accident cases include:

  • Failure to properly screen truck drivers during the hiring process: Truckers with troubled backgrounds are out on the road putting others in danger despite multiple traffic tickets and in some cases, criminal records.
  • Failure to properly train truck drivers: Quite often, truck driver errors are evidence of training gaps and omissions.
  • Failure to enforce requirements such as proper inspections, proper loading and sufficient rest for truck drivers.

Sorting out what happened in a truck accident and who was responsible is a major component of an injury or wrongful death claim. Lawyers at Caruso Law Offices, P.C., in Albuquerque, represent people injured in truck accidents in all corners of the state of New Mexico. A major part of a detailed investigation initiated by Caruso Law Offices, P.C., will also be a review of the driver's background, training and recent activity before the crash.

For Insight Into Trucking Company Liability After A Big-Rig Accident, Look At Truck Maintenance Records And Violations Of Federal Regulations

Our well-established truck accident law firm in Albuquerque represents injured people and family members of the deceased in the aftermath of trucking accidents around New Mexico. We are prepared to comb through all bits of evidence to determine who was negligent and who is liable. It may be a trucking company, a truck driver or another responsible person or entity.

To schedule a free consultation with an attorney after a New Mexico truck accident, call 505-234-7837 or send an email.