Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers in Florida

Tampa Bay Truck Accident Attorney

Suffering injuries after an accident caused by negligence can be emotionally and physically devastating. Truck accidents are some of the most horrific motor vehicles accidents that occur on the road. Due to their sheer size and weight, trucks can cause serious injury to drivers on the road if they are involved in an accident. In order to drive a commercial truck, drivers must possess a Class A, B, or C license. Depending on the type of truck and materials transported, drivers must also follow strict regulations and have passed specific training. If you were injured by a negligent truck driver, a skilled Tampa Bay truck accident attorney could examine your case to find out of the company the driver was employed by was responsible for negligent hiring and retention of employees.

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How Florida Defines Negligent Hiring for Truck Drivers

Truck companies are obligated by a reasonable duty of care to hire qualified and safe truck drivers. This means they are obligated to do their due diligence in performing required background checks, drug and alcohol tests. Negligent hiring occurs when a trucking company fails to do their due diligence and hires unsafe drivers who then go on to cause an accident and injury. Negligent retention also occurs when a truck driver has been employed by the company for some time, and the trucking company should have known their driver was incompetent or driving dangerously.

The general timeline for an injury that occurred due to negligent hiring is as follows:

  • A truck driver employed by a trucking company commits a negligent act
  • The employed truck driver is considered unfit to drive, or they have a record of incompetence or previous negligent acts
  • The trucking company that employs the negligent driver had notice of these prior acts
  • Someone is injured as a result of the truck driver’s incompetence or tendency to commit negligent acts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Handbook has set protocols for hiring and retaining commercial truck employees. Any company, which knowingly employs incompetent drivers, can be held liable for the actions of said drivers.

Contact A Tenacious Tampa Bay Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accident injury cases often involve extensive investigations into the circumstances that led up to the crash. Without a skilled Tampa Bay truck accident attorney on your side, your chances of being awarded ample compensation for your injuries is much smaller. At Paulsen Law Group, our legal team is dedicated to helping our clients win the maximum compensation possible for their case.

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