Injured in a Kent Truck Accident? The Trucker’s Employer Could be Liable.
Attorney Zach Herschensohn knows how to investigate trucking companies
If you’ve been injured in a collision with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn can launch a comprehensive investigation into the trucker’s employer to see if they played a role in causing your crash. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has secured millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and isn’t afraid of taking on large trucking companies. Let an aggressive and experienced Kent truck accident lawyer get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.
While the majority of truck accidents are caused by truck driver negligence, it’s still important to look into the role a trucking company may have had in causing your crash. For example, maybe a truck driver was speeding at the time of your accident because they were under pressure from their employer to meet an unrealistic deadline. Or perhaps there was a mechanical failure that contributed to your crash because the trucking company failed to adequately maintain its fleet.
Our law firm can hold them accountable. Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn will go the extra mile to thoroughly investigate the trucking company and determine if they can be held legally responsible for your damages. No stone will be left unturned.
How are trucking companies liable for accidents?
A trucking company’s top priority should be safety, but some employers take shortcuts to save money – even though there are federal regulations in place that they must follow. Trucking companies are responsible for keeping fatigued drivers off the road, hiring qualified truckers, properly training and supervising their truck drivers, and routinely maintaining their fleet. Failure to do any of that can result in a bad truck accident that causes severe injury or death.
Common ways trucking companies are negligent include:
- Insufficient truck maintenance: Semi-trucks are driven thousands of miles every year, so it’s critical for trucking companies to regularly maintain their commercial vehicles to avoid mechanical failure from wear and tear. This includes consistent inspection of the 18-wheeler’s:
- Hoses and hydraulic lines
- Tire tread and pressure
- Windshield wipers
- Underride guards
- Mud flaps
- Negligent hiring practices: If a trucking company does not conduct a thorough background check before hiring a trucker, there’s a chance someone who is an inexperienced, unqualified or dangerous driver can end up behind the wheel of a 40-ton tractor-trailer. Drivers with a history of moving violations or substance abuse often slip through the cracks in the hiring process, and in some cases, the trucking company hires someone without ever confirming if they have a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
- Overloading trailers: Tractor-trailers are legally allowed to weigh up to 80,000 pounds because an overweight 18-wheeler can cause significant damage to roads, bridges, and overpasses – jeopardizing their structural integrity. Semi-trucks that are too heavy are prone to jackknife and rollover accidents because they are much harder for truck drivers to operate and maintain control.
- Setting unreasonable expectations for drivers: In an effort to keep fatigued truck drivers off the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict hours-of-service regulations in place regarding the number of hours a trucker can drive on a daily and weekly basis. Unfortunately, a lot of truck drivers are under pressure from their employers to meet impossible deadlines, and as a result, they go over the hours-of-service limit or drive recklessly to make up time.
- Poor training, supervision, and oversight: Trucking companies should take a proactive approach toward holding training seminars and budgeting money to promote safety – all while staying up to date on the latest CDL and DOT requirements. They should also appropriately train, supervise, and manage their truck drivers by educating them on the latest rules and regulations and train them for driving in hazardous conditions or emergency situations. Supervisors and safety directors should all be qualified for their positions and ensure their drivers are following the federal hours-of-service regulations.
Get Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC on the case and get real results
Once you’ve been injured in a crash with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, you should be focused on getting better and moving on from your accident. Trucking companies have teams of attorneys that are ready and waiting to rush to the scene of your crash, gather physical evidence, track down witnesses, and build a bulletproof defense against any potential claim you try to pursue. The odds are already stacked against you, and without help, you might miss out on the compensation you’re entitled to.
Let our law firm help you fight back. Kent truck accident attorney Zach Herschensohn isn’t intimidated by large trucking companies or their lawyers. He knows how to handle insurance companies and can conduct a thorough investigation into the trucking company to see if their negligent actions contributed to your crash. This includes poring over personnel files, examining truck driver logs, studying the semi-truck’s “black box” data, going over maintenance records and much more. Best of all, our law firm will work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. It’s that simple. See what Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.