Authored By: Rachel Markin
Trucking companies are required to act in a reasonably safe manner and to comply with all federal and state regulations.
Personal injury attorney Matthew A. Dolman shared several steps in his Legal Examiner article that companies should take when hiring drivers. Dolman says these steps could ensure drivers will not pose an unreasonable risk to others while on the road.
- Ensure that a driver is properly licensed and qualified to operate a certain type of commercial vehicle
- Review an applicant’s driving history to determine whether they have a pattern of dangerous behaviors on the road or traffic violations
- Review an applicant’s criminal history to determine whether they have a history of driving under the influence or other relevant crimes
- Ensure that a driver has passed the required medical evaluation
Attorney Dolman notes that when a company “hires unqualified or potentially risky drivers, it may be liable if that driver then causes an accident.”
To read more about how trucking companies may be found negligent in supervision, truck inspection, covering up driver violations and more, click here.
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