The Texas Department of Transportation reports that there are 66,000 trucking companies in Texas. Unfortunately, not all of these trucking companies comply with the various safety standards established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. To limit the number of accidents that occur involving commercial motor vehicle, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s regulations require trucking companies to monitor and keep a variety of records concerning commercial truck drivers. The records of trucking companies and other employers of commercial motor vehicle drivers often provides accident victims with necessary information about the crash. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires trucking companies to keep records about any alcohol abuse by the trucking company’s drivers. In the case, a record review could help establish that the company negligently allowed a commercial truck driver to continue operating a vehicle. This article will examine various types of employer negligence that might be revealed through reviewing a trucking company’s records.
Ways A Company Might Be Negligent
There are many reasons, however, why trucking companies retain drivers who should either be let go or should have never been hired in the first place. One of the most common motivation behind many of these reasons is often because the trucking company was in such desperate need of drivers that the company ignored established regulations. A review of company records can reveal an employer was negligent in several ways.
- Failure to Let Go. Sometimes, records demonstrate that an employer retained a commercial truck driver despite the driver being charged with a serious offense like drunk driving.
- Failure to Maintain Vehicles. A thorough investigation of a company’s maintenance records and inspection reports might reveal that the company failed to keep a commercial motor vehicle in proper working order.
- Failure to Monitor. A trucking company might inadequately monitor a commercial truck driver’s physical conditions. Investigation of a trucking company’s driving logs might reveal that a commercial truck driver drove longer than was permitted without taking an adequate break from operating the commercial motor vehicle.
- Failure to Properly Screen. An employer might not have adequately screened a commercial truck driver against established requirements. The company might also not have sufficiently researched the driver’s criminal and driving history. Additionally, an employer might fail to perform mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
- Failure to Train. Commercial truck drivers might have been insufficiently trained by trucking companies or other types of employers.
Thorough investigation of company records often reveal that trucking companies are also to blame for accidents. A skilled lawyer knows how to access these records to build the strongest case possible to pursue damages against an employer.
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