Each year, an alarmingly high number of Texans are killed or injured in
traffic collisions involving 18-wheeler vehicles. Many grieving families
and accident survivors struggle to maintain their prior lifestyles in
the aftermath of a collision because they’re burdened by medical
debts, funeral expenses, and unexpected probate costs. Fortunately, these
people may have grounds to pursue compensatory damages by filing wrongful
death or personal injury claims.
A majority of our clients logically assume that their claims will be filed
against at-fault drivers. They’re understandably surprised to learn
that a trucking company can be held partially or primarily responsible
for an accident.
A trucking company can be held liable in the following circumstances:
Unreasonable scheduling: Trucking companies in the United States are held to strict federal standards
established and overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA). Per agency guidelines, a trucker can only drive a maximum of
11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off-duty. The Hours-of-Service Rules
also ensure that truckers have time for breaks and sleep. However, these
rules haven’t stopped trucking companies from pressuring their drivers
to meet unreasonable deadlines just to make a profit. To keep their jobs,
a trucker may feel pressured to skip breaks and fabricate their logs.
As a result, our roads and highways are filled with fatigued drivers operating
80,000 lbs. vehicles.
Negligent Safety Standards: A trucking company has the final word when it comes to loading freight
and scheduling routes. When a company chooses to improperly load or simply
overload a vehicle, it can cause the truck to overturn and harm nearby
Poor Fleet Maintenance: Improper truck maintenance is a leading – and easily preventable
– cause of accidents. Quite simply, trucking companies have a legal
obligation to maintain and care for their vehicles. This includes scheduling
routine maintenance appointments to identify and repair any faulty parts
or defects. Negligent maintenance standards can lead to tire blowouts,
brake failures, steering equipment malfunctions, and even cargo hold detachments.
A trucking company can be held liable for damages if they’re found
to be in violation of this FMCSA provision.
Pursue Compensation Today
Trucking companies move quickly after an accident to minimize their losses.
If you’re ready to take legal action, it’s critical that you
turn to a legal representative who possesses the skills and resources
to both protect and maximize your claim. At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC,
our Austin truck accident attorneys can investigate your case, confidently
handle any unexpected legal contingencies, and even litigate against corporate
legal teams or powerful insurance companies on your behalf. With our help,
you can recover compensatory damages that help you maintain your prior
standard of living.
We’re available 24/7! Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC
at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a case evaluation.