Truck Accidents Caused by Negligent Hiring of Drivers
Truck Accident Attorney in Orlando, FL
Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They also have large blind spots on both sides of the vehicle, called “no-zones,” which make it difficult to see other motorists on either side of the vehicle. Because of these unique challenges, it is essential that the person entrusted to drive such a potentially dangerous vehicle be carefully considered by his or her prospective employer.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire competent, qualified, and experienced drivers to operate their trucks. Because driving a truck requires a special skill set, it is crucial for employers to ensure that the drivers they hire are properly trained and licensed in the safe operation of a commercial tractor-trailer. When an employer fails in this duty, they can be held liable for the misconduct of a driver in the event that someone is injured or killed in an accident.
There are several ways that a trucking company can be negligent when hiring drivers:
- Hiring drivers who don’t possess valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs)
- Hiring drivers with poor driving records
- Failing to conduct criminal background checks
- Failing to conduct alcohol and drug testing
- Hiring drivers with a history of causing truck accidents
- Hiring truck drivers with vision problems or undiagnosed health issues
- Hiring truck drivers with a history of Hours of Service violations
Truck accidents can result in serious or fatal injuries for all involved, but drivers and passengers of smaller, lighter vehicles usually sustain the worst injuries in accidents with massive 18-wheelers. This can result in substantial medical bills or, if the victim dies, funeral costs and other financial burdens for bereaved family members. In this situation, the trucking company needs to be held accountable.
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At Todd Miner Law, we take a stand against trucking companies who cut corners by knowingly hiring unqualified drivers who speed, drive with distractions, drive drunk or fatigued, or commit other unsafe driving practices. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that you did not cause, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. We believe in the importance of holding trucking companies responsible for putting dangerous drivers on the road without proper screening or training. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation and justice that you deserve.
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