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When can employers be held liable for truck accidents?

Posted on August 12, 2014 in

Denver motorists know that truck accidents are among the deadliest types of motor vehicle accidents on Colorado roads. They may also know that after someone else is injured in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, the driver may be held liable for damages. What they may not know is that in many cases, the trucking company may be held liable, as well.

In some cases, a trucking company may be held liable after an accident simply because the driver was acting as an agent of the employer at the time of the accident. In other cases, the inured may have to show that the trucking company contributed to the accident by violating laws or regulations. The trucking industry is subject to many state and federal regulations. These regulations govern aspects such as how much weight a truck can carry, how much time a driver can be on the road without a rest break and what qualifications a driver must have before he or she can be hired to driver large commercial trucks.

Having the best drivers is a must for preventing truck accidents. The news frequently features stories of fatigued driving, distracted driving and other negligent road practices that result in accidents, injuries and death. No unsuspecting motorist in Colorado, or any other state, should lose his or her life to a truck accident. By keeping the quality of the workforce high, a trucking business can also keep other people on the road safe, too.

Those who are injured in a truck accident are likely to have serious injuries, due to the size and weight of large commercial vehicles. When these injuries are the result of a truck driver’s or a trucking company’s negligence, the injured may be able to be compensated for their damages through a lawsuit. Lakewood truck accident attorneys with experience in this type of case can help the injured or their family members to understand how the process works