Why are truck drivers held to a higher standard?

Because Chicago truck accident cases are different than Chicago car accident cases, truck drivers are held to a higher standard. Truck drivers are highly regulated. Truck drivers are regulated because the potential for danger while driving a truck is so great. First, a truck driver must obtain a special drivers license called a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) if they carry over 16 passengers or haul over 26,000 lbs or transport any hazardous material. The driving test for a CDL is taken in the type of vehicle they will be driving. A commercial truck is any truck which is used to transport goods. Sometimes truck crashes are caused by drivers who do not possess the proper drivers license.

 

Not only truck drivers, but trucking companies are held to a higher standard.

Trucking companies who hire drivers are also held to a higher standard. When a trucking company hires a driver, they are supposed to perform a background check to ensure they are hiring safe drivers. Sometimes trucking companies do not perform these safety checks and allow bad drivers behind the wheel of dangerous trucks. Federal regulations require trucking companies to ensure only safe drivers are behind the wheel of their fleet of trucks. In all trucking cases, McCready, Garcia & Leet investigate not only the truck driver who caused the truck crash, but the company who hired the driver. We have uncovered trucking companies with a pattern of hiring unsafe drivers. In addition to representing our client to recover their [medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering], we believe our work helps make our highways safer.

 

Hire the best truck accident lawyer you can.

It is important to hire a law firm which is familiar with truck crash cases. Truck accident cases differ significantly from car accident cases. You need a law firm which will thoroughly investigate both the truck driver and the trucking company. To learn more about your truck accident case, contact McCready, Garcia & Leet for a free no obligation consultation. We encourage you to interview several law firms before deciding on who you want to handle your case. Watch our videos, review our web site, talk to our lawyers and you'll learn why our clients are so satisfied with our representation. To learn more about cases involving truck accidents, see the topics below.