We’ve spent a fair bit of time talking about how negligence on the part of a trucking company can completely ruin your life. After all, transport trucks are no laughing matter. A single failed component, a single mistake by the driver; a single oversight by their company, and suddenly a tractor trailer turns into a 40-ton death machine.
And trust me when I say that there are oversights. As I’ve said before, trucking companies of late are under tremendous pressure to overperform and deliver on smaller budgets than ever. Those pressures influence everything about how these businesses operate, from how they treat their employees to how they manage maintenance.
Earlier this month in Australia, for example, a trucking company saw every fleet in its vehicle but one banned by police, who discovered dozens of defects in the trucks. And these weren’t subtle defects, either. They were glaring issues that even a half-hearted maintenance check should have caught.
“Police identified numerous mechanical problems with oil, fuel, chassis failures, and other issues,” reads an article on ABC News. “They targeted the company after one of its trucks was involved in a serious accident last week. Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Chief Inspector Phillip Brooks said the operation identified a number of serious faults, which are still being investigated.”
But that’s overseas. That sort of thing doesn’t happen here, right? If only.
The fact is that insufficient maintenance, negligent hiring practices and the use of low-quality materials is a common thread in many trucking firms. If that information doesn’t scare you, it should. There are ways that trucking companies can cut costs without cutting corners.
Many just lack the means (or the will) to do so.
Don’t worry – this is where we come in. We have a long history of working with clients injured or traumatized by negligence in the trucking and transport industry. And we also have a long history of taking corrupt or negligent firms to task for their crimes, whether they’re acting out of malice or simple ignorance.
More importantly, we’re interested in helping you as a client first and foremost. It’s why we offer free consultations. It’s also why, if you don’t reach a settlement, you don’t have to pay a cent. The men and women you want to hold accountable have already taken enough from you, after all – we won’t take more.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation. Because if you don’t hold these companies accountable, who will?