Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers

Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers

Commercial truck accidents can be some of the most devastating events on the road. The average big rig can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds—and more if the company has an overweight permit. They are also hard to maneuver and difficult to stop completely, as the weight of the entire vehicle tends to push the truck onwards despite the braking system.

The majority of people who are injured in accidents with commercial trucks are passenger vehicle drivers. The size of their smaller car compared to the weight and impact a large truck would have on their cars makes it clear an accident with these trucks is hazardous. Injuries that result from these incidences can range from broken bones, fractures, and mild brain trauma to catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Severe spinal damage
  • Extensive burns
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputations

Duty to Exercise Care

One of the ways companies are supposed to prevent these accidents from occurring is by hiring responsible drivers to begin with. It is a trucking company’s duty to exercise care in hiring new drivers. In order for a person to claim the company breached its duty to hire safe drivers, however, a person must prove they recklessly or consciously disregarded the knowledge of an employee’s prior questionable behavior. For example, if a trucking company hires an individual who has had a driver license suspension twice for intoxication, it is likely to be a willful and wanton disregard for public safety.

Federal Guidelines

Trucking companies are also held to a high set of standards and have protocols for hiring. These are outlined in the Federal Motor Carrier Handbook. In addition to checking the driver’s motor vehicle record, they must do a complete background check, which includes contacting previous employers of a potential recruit.

If a company’s hiring practices to the level of gross negligence, in addition to paying any damages to people or property, they must pay punitive damages as penance for the misconduct. Negligent companies can end up pain missions of dollars in settlements that involve negligent hiring.

Contact Our Experienced Attorney Today

The last thing you need to worry about after an accident is dealing with insurance companies. If you or your loved one has been injured by a negligent trucking company, make sure you’re represented by an excellent Albuquerque personal injury attorney. Michael J. Doyle is a zealous representative who is passionate about helping clients understand their rights and options. When you work with him, you are more than just a name on a case file; you are treated like a partner, an ally, and a friend. He will take the time to get to know you personally, and this effort helps to fully invest himself in your trials and hardships.

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