Can a Broker or Shipper Be Liable for the Negligence of an Owner Operator Driver?April 27, 2017
Yes. In some situations, brokers and shippers can be liable for the negligent actions of owner operator drivers who cause truck crashes.
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When Brokers Can Be Liable for Truck Accidents
A broker is a “middle man” between a shipper and an owner operator driver (or trucking company). Brokers typically connect shippers with trucking companies or drivers so cargo can be transported.
A broker may be liable for a truck accident if (s)he:
- Fails to check the safety record of an owner operator or trucking company
- Hires an owner operator (or trucking company) with a poor safety record or with a history of truck accidents.
In these cases, negligent hiring can be the basis for broker liability for a truck accident.
When Shippers Can Be Liable for Truck Crashes
A shipper may also be liable for the negligent actions of owner operators that cause truck accidents. Liability for shippers can arise when they fail to exercise reasonable care by checking an owner operator’s:
- Registration and insurance coverage
- Safety record.
In addition to negligent hiring, a shipper can also be liable for a truck accident when they are involved with the loading process. Shippers are assumed to be involved in the loading process when a driver picks up an already-sealed trailer. This can create liability for shippers when:
- Loads are not properly secured.
- Trailers are overloaded.
Liability for Truck Accidents: The Bottom Line
Determining liability for truck accidents can clearly be complicated because many parties may be held responsible for a single wreck. From drivers and trucking companies to shippers, brokers, truck equipment manufacturers, and others, liability for truck wrecks may span multiple parties.
Identifying all liable parties is important to determining the possibility of victims’ financial recoveries after truck crashes. This typically requires the insight and skills of an experienced truck accident lawyer.
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A Houston truck accident attorney at the Amaro Law Firm is ready to review your potential claim and explain your recovery options if you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck wreck.
Call (877) 892-2797 or email our firm to set a free consultation and start getting the answers that can make all of the difference in your financial and overall recovery.
Bringing decades of experience to every case we handle, we can help you:
- Identify all parties who are liable for your crash
- Protect your rights and advance your interests
- Hold all at-fault parties accountable