Complaints directed at truck drivers with heavy loads are becoming more common due to the number of car accidents in which they are involved. Generally, these vehicles are owned by a company, so it is the company that responds on behalf of the driver in the event of a collision or accident.
According to California’s law, the vehicle owner is responsible for the accident and, therefore, must be responsible for paying the corresponding compensation to the persons involved. If a company owns the vehicle, it will be accountable for the accident and responsible for what one of its drivers has caused. On some occasions, the company seeks to disclaim the financial responsibility that this implies and refers to the driver as a subcontracted employee.
To prevent this from happening, the companies that require these transportation services must follow and abide by some rules, such as:
- Comply with work time requirements where the driver only works the appropriate hours for their health and to be able to drive correctly.
- Subject the vehicles to periodic inspections to ensure their proper functioning.
- Have drivers’ drug and alcohol test histories.
- Have valid licenses and copies of traffic tickets from recent years.
In this way, they will demonstrate compliance with their responsibilities to both the driver and the accident victim. By not having these standards in the event of an accident, it can be argued that it happened due to negligence because of their lack of compliance with the rules.
You will need to contact a lawyer to receive the compensation you are entitled to after a driver of this type of vehicle has caused an accident that will cause you medical bills, perhaps hospital time, rehabilitation, and psychological damage.
If you suffered such injury while being involved in a heavy-duty vehicle accident, please do not hesitate to contact us; we are here to help.