A Leading Cause of Truck Accidents: Profit

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It’s no secret that trucking companies often allow poorly trained drivers and trucks experiencing notable maintenance issues to make long drives across the country. This leads to dangerous situations for the truck driver as well as anyone sharing the road with them. So why do trucking companies allow these situations to keep taking place and cause truck accidents? One word: Profit.
Alan Robertson is a trial attorney with Sloan Law Firm based in Longview, Texas, with offices in Houston and Santa Fe. His practice is focused on car and truck accidents, as well as oil field injuries, defective products, and oil field injuries.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-364-6814 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

If a truck isn’t moving, it isn’t making money.

Anytime a truck is sitting in a maintenance yard or repair shop, it isn’t out on the road making money. This is probably the most significant factor that influences trucking companies to put unsafe trucks on the road. Most clients pay trucking companies by the load or possibly even by the mile. If a truck isn’t carrying those loads or covering those miles, the company is losing money. However, this should not be used for justification to allow unsafe vehicles and unequipped drivers to rule the road.

Training can be a time-consuming and costly process for employers to provide.

Similar to the trucks themselves, when drivers are spending time and effort in training programs, they are not out on the road making money for the company. This can lead to trucking companies failing to offer adequate training programs and failing to hold their employees to the necessary safety standards. This can lead to extremely unsafe situations for the employees themselves as well as anyone else unfortunate enough to be in the vicinity of their truck when an incident occurs which could have been avoided with proper training.

Specific types of evidence are available in a trucking accident that may not be available in other vehicle accidents.

Most trucks have built-in technology that track how far the driver was supposed to go, where the accident occurred, the time they left for their destination, as well as recording the truck’s speed and actions before and after the accident. Trucking accidents usually result from multiple preventable factors that snowball into an unsafe situation.

After a trucking accident, seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Trucking accidents involve multiple insurance companies, so it’s a good idea to seek legal advice. An attorney can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other potential damages as a result of the crash. The best part is that personal injury attorneys generally work on contingency, which means you don’t pay unless they win. From the initial consultation through the actual court proceedings, you won’t owe any out-of-pocket fees. Only if/when your attorney wins your case will they be paid out of the proceedings. If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident due to a lack of proper vehicle maintenance or improper driver training you may have a legal claim that could help pay your damages.

To learn more, contact Alan Robertson directly by calling 888-364-6814 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Video Transcript:

Rob Rosenthal:

Do you know why trucking companies seem to be okay with having unsafe vehicles and drivers on the road? This is what Texas attorney Alan Robertson says in this AskTheLawyers.com™ Quick Question.

Alan Robertson:

Profit. Any time that truck is sitting still, it’s not earning the owner, the motor carrier, or the driver money. Motor carriers are often paid by the load or paid by the mile. So are drivers. And so anytime that truck is sitting in a maintenance yard or a repair shop somewhere, it’s not earning money for the person driving it or the person that owns it.

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