As the representative of a transportation carrier, you are often asked to walk a fine line. Your administrative duties may often require that you emphasize customer service (which in your case likely means that passengers get to their destinations both in New York and beyond on time). Yet your obligation to the safety of both your drivers and passengers may also require that your decisions be made with their overall bests interests in mind (even if it requires upsetting patrons and potentially negatively impacting your customer service rankings). Few would want to be in your position when faced with such a decision, yet fortunately, federal law effectively makes the decision for you.
Employees will often cite the pressure to perform as a reason for their cutting corners at work. This puts the spotlight on you (as an employer), painting a picture where your concern is only for your bottom line rather than the well-being of your workforce and the integrity of your services. While it may be true that you expect employees to perform at a certain level, your expectations need not always be misconstrued as pressure to accomplish tasks no matter the costs.
If you are a commercial truck driver in New York or if you work for a commercial transportation company, you know that other motorists may try to put the responsibility for a crash on you even when you did nothing wrong. It is important for you to know about some of the common scenarios involving staged accidents or other incidents that may result in you being improperly accused of something.
As a business owner in New York, you likely understand that you will often be viewed as being responsible for the actions of your employees. The nature of certain professions may ensure that the potential for it practitioners to cause extensive damage is limited. Yet if you work in the trucking or transportation injuries, then negligent actions on the part of your employees could potentially be catastrophic. The question then becomes in what scenarios would you be liable for it.
Given the devastation that a truck accident can cause, it may be understandable why so many might be quick to try and assign liability. As a motor carrier or freight transportation provider, you and your company may be the target of accusations of negligence in such situations. A common complaint offered by truck drivers after accidents is they have been worked too hard. Therefore, your company then comes under scrutiny for pushing your employees beyond their limits. Many in this position have come to us here at The Law Firm of Connors & Connors, P.C. wondering how to respond to such accusations. The ideal response lies with the driver.