A trucking company has a responsibility to only hire employees who are qualified to safely operate the vehicles that they will be tasked with driving. These companies put their employees behind the wheel of massive automobiles that are capable of causing tremendous damage and severe physical injury in the event of an accident. If an employer fails to screen out applicants whose past history of poor driving or other troubling behaviors make them a poor fit, they may be held liable for injuries caused by the driver.
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a driver who should not have been hired by a trucking company to operate an 18-wheeler, contact the St. Louis negligent hiring lawyers of the Finney Law Office at 314-646-0300 today.
Negligent Hiring Problems
An employer may be legally liable for the actions of the drivers who handle the vehicles in their fleet. These drivers are often expected to be out on the road for a long period of time and under intense pressure. Looming deadlines can push unreliable drivers into very hazardous situations for other motorists on the road. Moreover, these drivers may lack the knowledge and skills to operate a vehicle safely, even in the absence of complicating factors.
The following problems may be caused by a trucking company’s unwillingness to hire safe drivers:
- Hiring drivers who do not have a current license
- Hiring drivers with a history of reckless driving
- Hiring drivers with a documented history of drug or alcohol abuse
If you have been injured because of reckless truck driver, an employer’s negligent hiring practices may be to blame. For more information regarding your legal options following the accident, contact the St. Louis negligent hiring attorneys of the Finney Law Office today by calling 314-646-0300.