Posted on February 16, 2018
There are many reasons why truck accidents happen every year across the U.S. For one, truck drivers could have spent too many hours on the roads due to a company breaking the hours of service rules. In other accidents, drivers may be driving distracted such as texting or eating while driving, and more. But what about accidents involving truck companies that hire inexperienced drivers? There is nothing inherently dangerous about hiring inexperienced drivers when a company is planning on training them before releasing them onto our roadways. But what happens when a company hires a driver with little experience and refuses to train them, dumping them onto the roads even though they are not ready? And what happens when an accident results?
When a Company Has Acted Negligently
Sometimes, it is not just the truck driver who could be at fault for your accident. For instance, drivers cause accidents every year – but did you know that a company could have committed some wrongdoing that led to the accident? Companies have a duty to hire trained drivers and provide ongoing training that is necessary to remaining safe on the roads. Examples of negligent acts by a trucking company and hiring procedures include hiring drivers with no training, putting an inexperienced driver behind the wheel, failing to check driving records for past history, or hiring drivers who have violated important trucking regulations.
Unfortunately, trucking regulations are disregarded every year in the U.S., which leads to some of the most horrific accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 4,000 people died due to serious truck accidents in 2015. In the same year, 116,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks. If a trucking company was negligent in its hiring and an accident occurred as a result, they could be held liable for damages sustained in an accident.
The truth is, many companies every year tend to hire drivers with less than 2 years CDL experience. They are motivated to put as many drivers in seats to get trucks moving so that they can meet their goals in quick amounts of time. With shortages of drivers out there, many companies don’t take experience into consideration, but the risk may be higher than the pay-off if an accident occurs.
You have been injured and now you know that you may be able to bring a claim against a truck driver or the trucking company. The big trucking companies and insurance providers work hand in hand to prevent plaintiffs from receiving decent settlements after an accident has caused chaos in your life. This is why it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible so that an investigation can be launched and you can move forward with your case, knowing you are entitled to compensation that you deserve.
If you have been injured and you have evidence that a trucking driver or company acted negligently, call us today. At the Accident Law Group, we have handled a variety of trucking accidents and can help you when you suspect that a driver was not trained as well as they could have been. Call us today for more information at 602-262-4254.