Understanding What Employer Negligence Is In Truck Accidents

Understanding What Employer Negligence Is In Truck Accidents

When a large commercial truck is the cause of a serious accident, it’s easy for the injured individual to look solely at the truck driver and point the finger at them. However, this is not always the case. There may be another party who is at fault: the employer.

The employer is the owner of the trucking company responsible for a number of different things when it comes to the industry. Knowing which ways they can be negligent and at fault for an accident is important.

Encouraging Hours of Service Violations

In the trucking industry, there are various regulations in place regarding how long a truck driver can operate their vehicle. This is in place in order to ensure they are aware of their surroundings and not tired while driving.

Unfortunately, in an industry with strict deadlines for delivery, some employers may try to encourage drivers to lie on their logs and drive beyond the allowable hours, regardless of how tired they may be. This is a violation of industry regulations, especially when the driver is threatened with the loss of their job.

Failure to Maintain

An employer is also responsible for ensuring their trucks are maintained properly and that any potential problems are fixed in a timely manner. Failure to maintain their trucks puts drivers and others on the road at risk of serious danger.

For instance, if the brakes are starting to wear down on the truck, but the employer fails to change them when necessary and failure causes a crash, the employer may be considered negligent and responsible for the injuries sustained.

At Ervin & Ervin, we understand that liability for an injury can be confusing. However, understanding negligence and ways in which accidents may occur can help you in the event of an injury sustained in a trucking accident.

Our Oklahoma trucking accident attorneys are here to protect your rights every step of the way and guide you through the process with confidence. You can trust in our experience to seek the most favorable outcome for your case.

Call us today at (918) 994-0880 for a free consultation.