When a truck driver is working for a trucking company and causes a collision, the trucking company which employs the trucker may be liable for the damage and injuries caused. If a trucking company has hired an incompetent or otherwise unqualified driver, an injured victim of a truck accident may have a negligent hiring claim against the trucking company if this caused or contributed to their injuries.
How Negligent Hiring Practices Result in Truck Accidents
Negligent hiring means the company hired someone to drive a commercial truck when the company knew or should have known the driver was not qualified. In many cases, trucking companies lower their standards due to a need of drivers to haul freight and meet deadlines. This potentially leads to dangerous drivers operating some of most massive vehicles on the road.
The following are common signs that a truck driver may be an unqualified hire:
- He or she does not have the proper commercial driver's license (CDL) or endorsement for a specific type of vehicle
- He or she has a history of causing accidents and/or injuries
- He or she has a history of driving under the influence (DUI) by alcohol or drugs
- He or she has traffic violations on their driving record
How Our Austin Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
Proving negligent hiring practices requires an extensive amount of work. It is imperative to hire an experienced attorney who has a history of pursuing truck accident claims. Our legal team at Komie & Morrow, LLP can thoroughly investigate your accident, collect evidence, use the help of expert witnesses, and negotiate with insurance adjusters while you make the best recovery possible from injury. Do not hesitate to obtain experienced and skilled legal representation immediately.