When a Trucking Company Can be Liable for an Accident
A trucking company can be held accountable if their driver is involved in a West Virginia trucking accident under the following circumstances:
- The driver failed to comply with the hours-of-service rules, one of which states that the driver can't be on the road after 14 consecutive hours of being on duty after being off duty for 10 hours.
- The driver was not qualified to operate a tractor-trailer. All truck drivers are required to complete a driver training program to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for operating a tractor-trailer. Additionally, a truck driver may be unqualified to drive if their license is suspended, expired, or they have lost driving privileges in that state.
- The truck had not been carefully inspected and maintained. The trucking company is responsible for ensuring that repairs are made and the brakes are periodically inspected by a qualified mechanic. Additionally, all equipment such as warning signals and lamps must be in good working order.
- The truck was in an unsafe condition. The truck should be securely loaded and balanced. If weight is not evenly distributed, the driver could lose control of the vehicle.
These are just a few of the circumstances in which a trucking company can be liable for your truck accident in West Virginia. Your Clarksburg truck accident attorney can investigate your accident and help you take steps toward receiving compensation for your injuries. You might be able to recover damages for your current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Contacting a Clarksburg Truck Accident Attorney
When trucks collide with passenger cars, the results will likely be life-changing. Although there will be a lot of questions and important decisions to make during this time, choosing the right legal representation can help you make the most informed decisions possible while you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg, West Virginia will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.