Truck drivers do not want to be involved in a collision any more than you do. Like you, they want to do their job and go home safely to their families at the end of the day.
While a trucker might have caused the collision through negligence, there are often other factors at play, and the responsibility may lie with the company that employs them.
Trucking companies have a duty to keep their drivers and other road users safe
While trucking companies can rightly claim to provide us with an essential service, that does not excuse them from their obligation to their drivers and others. Here are some of the reasons why a failure by the trucking company could be the real reason behind a truck crash:
- Poor maintenance: Any vehicle owner needs to ensure their vehicles are road-worthy. Yet, this is even more vital with trucks. Their size means they can cause far more damage in a crash, so owners must employ extra care to ensure they are in top condition.
- Failing to take advantage of technology: No one would consider it acceptable for employers to send their fleet out without seat belts. Yet modern trucks come with options for far more safety features than that. If a truck company refuses to keep its fleet upgraded, it is not doing all it can to ensure safety.
- Insisting on too much technology: While safety technology is helpful when driving, some modern equipment is not. If a trucking boss expects their drivers to pick up the phone every time they ring, it reduces drivers’ ability to concentrate on the road.
- Overworking drivers: Trucks are machines. Truckers are not. Failing to give them adequate rest breaks and time off or expecting them to meet impossible deadlines is dangerous.
If you are injured in a collision with a truck, it is essential to understand the back story to claim the compensation you need. There may be more than one person you can take legal action against.