Are Truck Companies Liable for Drivers Who Cause Truck Accidents?

A jury has awarded a Colorado woman $770,000 after a truck accident left her with a broken neck and a traumatic brain injury. According to police, the 58-year-old truck driver rounded a curve too quickly and lost control of his vehicle. The accident tipped the vehicle over and forced two cars into a frozen creek.

It turned out the truck driver had six violations on his record just in the past three years, and 15 additional violations for speeding. Attorneys representing the injured woman argued that the truck driver’s record should have been taken into account before he was hired.

Further investigation into the accident revealed that the truck driver had been going 15 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash, adding significance to the argument that his prior bad driving habits contributed to the wreck.

What Are the Most Dangerous Types of Trucking Regulation Violations?

Motorists must be able to depend on commercial carriers to hire truckers with a safe driving record.

Serious violations such as excessive speeding, reckless driving, substance abuse and making improper lane changes can lead to commercial license suspensions and a poor driving record. Commercial drivers can have their license suspended for 60 to 120 days depending on how many violations they have incurred within three years.

Commercial carriers are likely to see truckers with a poor driving history as a major insurance and legal liability. However, the accident involving the Colorado woman shows us that is not always the case.

More information on what legal options are available to victims of truck accidents can be found on our website. For regular updates on Metier Law Firm and what we are doing to help truck accident victims, our readers can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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