Sometimes the truck driver at the wheel during a trucking accident may not be the only one responsible. Among the many causes of truck accidents, is that of the driver’s employer. The truck driver may be hampered by the acts of his employer before ever getting on the road. For example, if the employer fails to properly maintain an 18-wheeler or trailer, this could set the truck driver up for a fatal accident before he ever leaves the yard. Negligent employers may set drivers up for failure and cause serious Houston trucking accidents.
Serious trucking accidents such as jackknifing can seriously injure or kill motorists and drivers. An experienced Houston trucking accident attorney should thoroughly investigate the accident determining the cause or causes. This investigation should include what acts or inaction of the employer may have led to the crash.
Trucking Employers may Negligently Ignore Safety Requirements
Trucking companies that send drivers and trucks out on the road are responsible for the safety of their trucks and trailers, along with the caliber of their drivers. Some trucking companies ignore this responsibility and disregard the regulations implemented to keep the public safe. When employers fail to meet the laws and standards set forth for safe truck operation, the potential for accidents increases.
Additional negligence taken by an employer could include:
- Hiring unqualified drivers or drivers with an unsafe driving record
- Failing to train drivers or providing inadequate training for drivers before putting them on the road
- Failing to fully inspect and maintain trucks and trailers
- Improperly loading trailers or beds
- Requiring drivers to stay on the road too long, not allowing them rest
When an employer fails at these duties, they send drivers out on the road ill-equipped for what may come. Trucking companies are responsible for giving the driver all of the tools that they need to make it safely down the highway.
Hire a Houston 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident contact Chelsie King Garza today. She can help you investigate the accident to determine if the truck driver’s employer was negligent and also responsible for the crash.