Negligent Hiring

Clinton Truck Accident Lawyers

Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for their employees, and they have an obligation to ensure they hire drivers who are fit and qualified to get behind the wheel of massive motor vehicles that pose dangers to public safety. When they fail to do so, they increase risks of accidents and injuries to motorists, pedestrians, and others on the road.

At The Cantrell Law Firm, our legal team has experience handling a range of auto accident cases, including those involving commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. We know that there are many ways trucking companies can and do fail in their legal duty to take reasonable measures for ensuring the public’s safety, and we work aggressively to highlight these failures when advocating for injured victims and families during personal injury and wrongful death cases.

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What Constitutes Negligent Hiring?

Because commercial trucks pose dangers on our public roads and highways, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. Among these regulations are rules for the qualifications truckers must meet in order to be employed. Additionally, trucking companies need to exercise reasonable care when hiring truckers who won’t endanger the public. Examples of negligent hiring include:

  • Inadequate background checks & drug testing – Trucking companies, like any other business, need to ensure that their employees are qualified for duty. This means not only that truckers need to hold valid commercial driver’s licenses, but also that they don’t have red flags which indicate a greater likelihood of unsafe behavior, including prior accidents, DUI convictions, criminal or traffic violations, substance abuse issues, and other issues. These types of red flags should be spotted during employment screening, background checks, and drug and alcohol testing.
  • Health certifications – Truckers spend a lot of time sitting behind the wheel, but they still need to meet certain health qualifications in order to be employed. There are also certain conditions that preclude truckers from employment, such as hearing or vision problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions that make them dangers on the road. Trucking companies that fail to ensure their drivers meet these qualifications, or even falsify health certifications, can be held liable when their unfit employees cause preventable wrecks and injuries.

Trucking companies can be held accountable when they negligently hire or retain unfit and unqualified drivers through fines by trucking regulators. Unfortunately, regulators don’t always catch violations. As a result, many unfit and unqualified drivers get behind the wheel of commercial trucks when they should not, and cause preventable wrecks, injuries, and deaths as a result. Fortunately, victims harmed by these drivers have a right to hold trucking operators accountable for negligent hiring and retention, and to seek a financial recovery of their damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, mental anguish, and more.

Speak with a Clinton Truck Accident Attorney During a Free Consultation

Our firm is standing by to leverage our experience and resources for the benefit of victims harmed in all types of trucking accidents. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a trucking wreck, or if you have lost a family member in a fatal collision, we encourage you to speak personally with a member of our legal team about your rights and options. Let us put our passion to work for you. We represent clients across Tennessee from offices in Clinton and Knoxville.

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