The commercial trucking industry is an important part of the economy in the United States and there are many large and small trucking companies that oversee most of the trucks on the road. When a trucking company is negligent in managing its trucks and employees, truck accidents and serious injuries can result. At Whiting Law Group, Ltd., our truck accident attorneys can help injured victims hold trucking companies liable for their negligent actions. One of the ways a trucking company can be negligent that can lead to collisions is by the negligent hiring of drivers. Drivers are trusted with safely operating oversized vehicles alongside other motorists and so companies must take care when making hiring decisions. The following are some of the many ways that companies can engage in negligent hiring.
Hiring Drivers Without Proper Licenses In order to lawfully drive a commercial truck, a person must hold a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).” Getting a license requires specialized training and passing examinations administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition to a basic CDL, additional qualifications and training are needed to drive specific types of commercial vehicles, such as those transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Allowing anyone without all needed licenses to drive a truck is unlawful and negligent.
Hiring Drivers with a Dangerous Driving History Companies should always carefully review any potential driver’s past driving record for any signs that they have a history of violations or dangerous driving behaviors. The following should be red flags that a driving may be a high risk of accidents:
- Prior convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol Excessive speeding tickets or other traffic violations History of accidents Previous suspensions of a CDL or driver’s license
- Hiring drivers with a poor driving record can constitute negligent hiring if the driver continues to break the law and causes truck accidents.
- Not Performing Drug or Alcohol Testing Before a driver starts employment, companies should test them for illegal drugs and perform any other necessary alcohol or drug testing before shifts as required by the FMCSA. If they fail to do so or if they hire someone who fails a drug test, the company can be found negligent in later accidents due to drugs or alcohol.
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