Can I sue the trucking company that employed the driver in my truck accident?
You may be able to hold the trucking company, or “carrier,” liable for your losses in a truck accident. Trucking companies are responsible for the truckers they employ and for the operating condition of the trucks they put on the road.
Interstate trucking companies are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A trucking company may be held liable if maintenance problems caused a truck owned or leased by the company to crash. A trucking company that pressured a driver to drive too far without adequate rest in violation of FMCSA Hours of Service regulations could be held liable for an accident caused by a drowsy driver. A carrier that hired a driver who had previously had multiple traffic or FMCSA violations might be liable if the trucker’s negligence caused a wreck.
Whether the trucking company involved in your accident is a regional or national company, it will most likely call upon legal resources to fight a claim that could prove costly. Even a smaller trucking company will deploy lawyers, insurance adjustors and others in hopes of quickly settling a claim and thwarting a full investigation. Some companies will declare bankruptcy to escape liability for a serious wreck, only to emerge soon afterward under a new name.
A truck accident attorney who understands the relationship between truck drivers and their employers, like ours at the Becker Law Office can investigate your accident and press for compensation from all parties liable for your losses.