Looking at what went wrong to cause a particular
trucking accident is important when seeking restitution. While some accidents result from
mechanical failures, many are caused by improper screening and monitoring
of truck drivers during the hiring process. Below we will look at the
requirements for trucking companies when hiring truck drivers and the
role of negligent hiring in some trucking accidents.
Hiring Regulations for Truck Drivers
The direct impact of commercial trucking on public safety is why the federal
government heavily regulates the industry. Trucking companies should ensure
that their employees meet certain standards including:
- Being over 21 years of age.
- Able to read and write English.
- Having a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) issued by their state.
- Able to pass drug testing.
- Be certified as being able to drive a truck by a medical examiner.
- Able to pass annual reviews.
Adequate Screening for Truck Drivers
Along with ensuring that their drivers meet the standards above, trucking
companies should also examine a driver's past for:
- Convictions for driving under the influence.
- Multiple speeding tickets.
- Multiple accidents.
- Previous suspensions of their CDL.
Hiring drivers with an extensive history of poor driving can constitute
negligence if the driver causes accidents.
Why Trucking Companies Hire Poor Drivers
Negligent hiring in error is still negligent hiring and it does not let
the company off the hook.
In some cases, companies hire poor drivers simply because it is easier
than trying to meet the regulations. This clearly constitutes negligence.
Companies sometimes fail to properly screen or train competent employees
because they do not know the law; however, they must still be held accountable.
Have you been injured in a trucking accident? If so, the real cause may
have been negligent hiring on the part of the trucking company.
Contact us today at Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC. We have extensive experience with
trucking accident cases and can help to ensure that you receive proper