When a trucking company is negligent, an attorney can help you get compensation
In many truck accident cases, the driver was clearly responsible for causing the crash that left someone injured. But is the trucking company ever liable for what happened?
Often, yes. Attorney Edward P. McNelis thoroughly reviews truck accident cases. When he finds a trucking company is also responsible for the accident, he will seek compensation for his client's injuries.
Of course, a trucking company is not very likely to admit responsibility. They have lawyers, too. Those lawyers will fight lawsuits as long as they can. They will try to cast doubt about what happened. They may even try to blame the victim.
McNelis Law has seen it all before. Attorney McNelis has been helping truck accident victims seek compensation for their injuries since 1982. He knows what trucking companies will do to try to avoid responsibility. And he won't put up with it.
If you are injured through a trucking company's negligence, Edward will be thoroughly prepared to file a claim against that company. He will review all documentation, including police reports, medical reports and photographs. He will talk to witnesses and gather evidence from the scene. He'll do background checks on the company and the driver. Then he will help you strike back.
He'll try to work out a settlement that works in your favor. But if the insurance company won't agree on a reasonable amount, he'll be ready to take your case to trial.
When could the trucking company be held liable?
The truck has not been properly maintained.
Trucks need routine maintenance to keep them running well and safe to drive on the road, just like any vehicle. Reputable trucking companies take this responsibility seriously and perform regular maintenance on their trucks. But other companies aren't so responsible. They will skip regular maintenance or even necessary repairs to try to save money. Or, they may not want to take the truck off the road for fear of losing business.
The driver was not qualified.
The trucking company is responsible for making sure the drivers they have are qualified and have the proper licenses. They must also inform drivers of any changes to rules and regulations that affect the trucking industry. Unfortunately, there are companies that hire drivers who should not be operating a commercial truck. Many dangerous truck drivers have previous convictions for speeding or driving under the influence (DUI), yet the trucking companies keep them behind the wheel.
Federal regulations were not followed.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates the trucking industry, has a set of regulations that all trucking companies must follow. The drivers are limited to certain hours of service. There are weight limits for large trucks. There are inspection, maintenance and repair standards that must be met. And alcohol and drug testing of drivers is required at certain times.
Every truck accident case is different, but every one can be complicated. That's why you need an experienced attorney on your side who will fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.