You’ve just been in an accident in Columbus, OH with a truck. You might think the driver was careless or reckless and should be held accountable. But what about the driver’s employer? Columbus, OH attorney Mike Christensen knows the trucking company may be responsible, depending on the circumstances.
Every truck accident is different, and many accidents are caused by driver negligence. But sometimes the trucking company is negligent. Michael D. Christensen Law Offices can help you determine if a company’s negligence contributed to your injury. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case.
It’s critical to reach out to our firm as soon as possible after your truck accident. It takes a great deal of time to build a strong case against the trucking company. If you delay contacting an attorney, you’re giving the trucking company and its insurance company an edge. Their investigators typically are on the scene within hours of the crash, scouring the scene for evidence to limit the trucking company’s liability.
A trucking company may be negligent in a truck accident because of:
Our attorneys have helped people injured in truck accidents for many years. If you’ve been injured because of a company’s negligence, we will work tirelessly to prove the company was at fault.
Possibly. Like any other vehicle, trucks need regular maintenance to keep them safe to drive. If this maintenance is ignored or delayed, it could lead to an accident on the road.
Trucking companies are usually diligent about performing regular maintenance on their fleet of trucks. But there are some carriers who will skip regular maintenance and even necessary repairs. They may do this to save money, or because they don’t want to take the truck off the road long enough to perform any needed service.
A company is unlikely to admit negligence. But our accident reconstruction experts may be able to determine if worn parts or neglected repairs played a role in your crash.
How could hiring practices have led to my truck accident?
Many truck accidents are caused by driver negligence. But there are some drivers who should not have been behind the wheel of a commercial truck in the first place.
It is the responsibility of the trucking company to ensure that the drivers they hire are qualified and have the proper licenses. In addition, the company is obligated to inform drivers of any new rules or regulations that apply to the trucking industry.
If these responsibilities are not met, the trucking company may have been negligent. Our investigators will examine the background of the truck driver in your accident, and will conduct interviews to try to determine if the company met other responsibilities.
What do federal regulations have to do with my truck accident?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency that regulates the trucking industry in the United States. They have developed regulations that all trucking companies are legally required to follow.
Companies that don’t follow federal regulations are negligent. Some don’t follow the regulations to try to deliver loads faster or to make more money.
Our investigators will thoroughly examine all documents and other evidence related to your accident. If we find evidence that the company did not follow federal regulations, we will fight to hold that company responsible for your injuries.