While some truck accidents, involving large, 18-wheeler vehicles, are caused by dangerous truck drivers and their own actions, other accidents are actually the responsibility of the trucking company who employs the driver. One common and often disastrous way in which trucking companies endanger motorists is through negligent hiring practices. By failing to responsibly hire drivers, a company can easily allow an unprepared or irresponsible driver to be on the road, leading to an increased number of truck accidents. Sadly, many of these accidents could have been avoided if trucking companies were more careful in their hiring processes.
If you or someone you care about has been in an accident with a truck driver and you suspect that negligent hiring was the root of the problem, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent trucking company. Contact a qualified Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer of the Winston Law Firm, P.A., at 954-475-9666 to talk about how we may be able to fight for you.
Negligent Hiring Practices
Driving a large truck requires not only for a driver to possess certain skills and qualifications, but also to prove their responsibility behind the wheel. As such, a trucking company may be guilty of negligent hiring if they fail to do the following:
- Perform background checks on drivers
- Hire someone the company knows is unfit for the job, such as someone without the required license
- Hire a person the company knows to be dangerous, such as an alcoholic or someone with a DUI/DWI on their record
- Failing to conduct any interview before hiring
When a trucking company does not take these precautions, not only are the truck drivers put in danger, but they, in turn, put other people on the road in danger of having serious accidents.
You should not have to bear all the burdens of an accident caused by a trucking company’s negligent hiring practices. If you have been injured in a wreck with an 18-wheeler and you think the trucking company was negligent in their hiring practices, contact a qualified Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney of the Winston Law Firm, P.A., today at 954-475-9666. We strive to fight for the rights and interests of victims, like you, who have suffered unfairly at the hands of reckless trucking companies.