In a truck accident, fault can often be attributed to many more people than whoever was behind the wheel. As an employee of a trucking company, the negligent behavior of a driver could be the result of inadequate oversight. Trucking companies are responsible for hiring skilled drivers, continuing to supervise their workers, and administering maintenance on their business’s vehicles.
Negligent Hiring and Training
The liability of a trucking company can begin as soon as they hire a new employee. Trucking is a highly skilled industry. People who drive trucks must be knowledgeable about truck controls and the demands of their job, and be able to control the vehicle.
An employer can be negligent by hiring someone with a history of traffic violations or driving under the influence, or hiring someone who is inexperienced. Trucking companies have a responsibility to hire competent drivers to protect the safety of others on the road.
Once a trucker is hired, their employer should take the time to properly train them. Driving an 18-wheeler is not a skill that can be learned immediately, and a person who is not trained on vehicle operation could endanger themselves and others.
Failing to Monitor Employee Behavior
Well beyond the hiring process, trucking companies should continue to monitor their workforce and address any safety risks. Employers should be aware of any ways their workers are engaged in misconduct, and discipline an employee if necessary. An employer who does not take measures to ensure their workers are complying with regulations, or fails to act when a worker commits a violation, could be responsible for accidents that eventually occur.
Not Maintaining Their Vehicles
As the overseer of a fleet of trucks, a trucking business must make sure their vehicles are in working order. Improper maintenance of a truck can contribute to accidents. A locked steering wheel or insufficient brakes can cause a driver to lose control of their truck and collide with another vehicle. An employer who does not provide regular truck repairs to their drivers could be liable if the maintenance issues cause an accident.
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