Massachusetts Trucking Company Employer Negligence Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by a negligent employer, Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can help. In order to ensure that they are prepared to navigate busy roadways safely, commercial truck drivers must complete training courses and obtain a specialized driver’s license. Unfortunately, no matter how cautious or safely a truck driver operates their 18-wheeler, accidents can still easily occur. When trucking companies make oversights regarding safety, serious accidents can occur and injure, or even kill, innocent people.
The Massachusetts trucking company employer negligence attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, know that many Massachusetts residents are put in harm’s way by negligent trucking companies, and we fight on behalf of those injured to make sure that the liable company is made to answer for the damage caused.
To learn more about how we can help you pursue financial compensation for your injuries, contact us today by calling (617) 404-3417.
Why You Need a Lawyer
While it is your right to recover against negligent trucking companies for the damages their driver caused you, it can be difficult to prove the connections necessary to get what you are entitled to receive.
In order to show that your injuries were ultimately caused by employer negligence, an investigation into your accident and the company the driver works for is necessary. This can be costly and time-consuming. Often, legal documents are required to be filed to obtain information on standards and practices and records regarding training, licensure, inspections, and more. Trying to do any of this alone can be stressful and prevent you from doing what is best for you, your health, and your family: focusing on your recovery from the injuries you have incurred. Trusting an attorney to handle your case is the best way to ensure success in getting all that you legally deserve from the parties who harmed you.
Why You Should Choose Crowe & Mulvey, LLP
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we have over 100 years of combined experience representing victims of accidents. In that time, we have recovered over half a billion dollars for our clients, and we’re ready to do the same for you. We use a unique system where we assign each case to an entire team, rather than one individual lawyer. This means that you will benefit from a variety of unique perspectives, ensuring that no detail is left unnoticed and no option left unexplored. Whether you have just been in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or you are running up against the deadline for your statute of limitations: we are here to help.
Why the Truck Driver’s Employer Is a Necessary Party
Often, our clients do not realize that they can even sue the truck company to recover for their injuries. They will usually just try to sue the truck driver or work with the insurance companies involved to reach an agreement. However, not holding the employer responsible is an oversight and an error. This is because of the legal obligation the employer has to put safe drivers on the road – drivers who have had proper training, background checks, reviews of driving histories, and proper licensing afforded to them. When these obligations are not fulfilled, the employer can be held financially responsible.
So, when considering your claim, it is important to note not just who the truck driver is, but also who their employer is, the insurance provider for the truck driver and employer (if they are different), and any other possible relevant parties. If you do not already have this information, a lawyer from Crowe & Mulvey, LLP can easily find it for you and determine whether the employer can be held liable.
Types of Employer Negligence
If you have suffered because of a trucking company’s negligence, you are likely facing serious injuries and property damage. The legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, believe that you should not deal with these repercussions alone. Our Massachusetts employer negligence attorneys know that there are many ways that trucking companies put others in danger, including:
Hours of Service Violations
Trucking companies are subject to a range of strict federal and state regulations, including those related to the hours of service that their drivers may operate their vehicles. If you believe that your accident was caused by a driver who was excessively fatigued, there is good reason to suspect that the accident may have been prevented if the trucking company followed hours-of-service regulations.
Though the penalties are substantial for violating these regulations, some trucking companies willfully disregard these regulations in an effort to boost their own profits. Our Massachusetts legal team understands just how preventable these accidents often are, and we may be able to help you take legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for your pain and suffering.
Trucking companies are expected to follow a number of state and federally mandated regulations throughout the hiring process. Unfortunately, it is not altogether uncommon for trucking companies to be negligent in their hiring practice. Knowing that, there is good reason for you to take legal action against the trucking company involved if you believe the truck driver that hit you should never have had the opportunity to be behind the wheel.
Provided that every trucking company should be perfectly aware of these regulations, there is no reason any unqualified driver should ever be operating a commercial truck in Massachusetts.
Failure to Train / Inadequate Training
Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that every single driver they hire is completely competent, trained, and qualified to operate an 18-wheeler. When these companies allow untrained drivers to get behind the wheels of their large commercial trucks, these drivers can pose a very serious threat to others on the road because of the sheer size of their vehicles.
here are a few ways in which negligent trucking companies allow inadequately trained drivers to drive their commercial trucks:
- The driver lacks a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
- The driver lacks company training experience with a certified trainer
- The trainer does not have the proper qualifications to train
If any of the above occur, the truck driver should not be allowed on the road. Inadequate training can lead to devastating road accidents that injure innocent drivers.
Failure to Inspect Vehicles
When trucking companies and their drivers fail to properly inspect their vehicles, there is an increased risk for these vehicles to become involved in a dangerous accident. Although the truck driver may perform their driving responsibilities safely, a faulty inspection can lead to failures in the vehicle that hinder their ability to prevent an accident.
By conducting thorough inspections of every system and part in 18-wheelers, drivers and trucking companies can make sure that none of these parts will malfunction and cause a dangerous wreck. When these parties perform faulty inspections on their vehicles, the following systems are in danger of failure:
- Braking system
- Steering system
- Safety systems
- Underride protection systems
- Trailer hitch system
The proper maintenance of these vehicles is vital to the safety of both the truck driver and every other driver with which they share the road.
In addition to putting people in danger, all of these oversights can constitute negligence. If you have been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, the trucking company responsible may be held liable for any expenses resulting from the accident. Our Massachusetts attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance that you need at this difficult time.
Contact an Employer Liability Attorney in Massachusetts
Facing serious injuries and property damage can be incredibly stressful for victims, and at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our Massachusetts trucking accident attorneys are prepared to help those that have been injured in trucking accidents. We believe that you should not be responsible for covering the cost of expenses that resulted from the accident, and we do everything that we can to hold the liable party accountable for the damage caused. To speak with a member of our skilled legal team, call us today at (617) 404-3417.
Scheduling a consultation is free and will afford you peace of mind and clarity as you navigate this difficult legal matter.