DID NEGLIGENT DRIVER SUPERVISION CAUSE MY TRUCK CRASH?
Not only are truck companies required to hire qualified drivers, but they must also properly supervise employees to ensure they act in the interest of public safety. Proper supervision can eliminate or minimize the risk of a truck wreck due to driver error. However, negligent supervision can occur when:
- Supervisors allow drivers to violate hours-of-service rules. Drivers must show compliance with hours-of-service by keeping logbooks that supervisors must monitor.
- Trucking companies fail to provide adequate training for new CDL drivers. New hires must receive training to recognize potential hazards and operate their vehicles. For example, drivers must know how to check tire pressure or properly secure loads from shifting before taking solo assignments.
- Failing to drug test drivers who caused accidents that result in injuries or deaths. Federal regulations require trucking companies to administer drug tests to a driver after a truck wreck.
- Companies continue to employ dangerous drivers. In some cases, companies may hire qualified drivers who then commit grievous violations during their employment. For example, a driver may test positive for a controlled substance after causing an accident. Employers who continue to allow drivers to operate a truck after a positive test like this are violating the law, as well as placing motorists at risk for truck crash injuries.
- Companies continue to employ individuals with health conditions that make operating a commercial vehicle dangerous. If drivers show signs of dangerous or disqualifying health conditions, such as alcoholism or sleep apnea, then the employer must investigate further and take appropriate action.
An employer could be liable for damages if an incompetent or unfit driver causes a truck crash. A truck injury lawyer can investigate both the driver and the company to determine if negligent supervision caused or contributed to your injuries or loved one’s wrongful death.
INJURED IN A TRUCK WRECK? OUR TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN HELP.
At the McArthur Law Firm, we can use our vast resources and years of experience to comb through every detail of your truck crash case. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages from multiple parties responsible for the truck wreck. Damages from a personal injury lawsuit could help pay for medical bills, lost income or funeral expenses.
Kathy McArthur and her team of Georgia attorneys will stop at nothing for your right to seek justice. Initial consultations are free, and you do not pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation. For a free consultation, call 478-217-2484 or fill out our online case review form. We represent clients statewide, including residents of Atlanta, Albany and Savannah as well as Columbus and Augusta.
What our law firm does after being hired
- Go the the site of the wreck to get evidence
- Work with an accident reconstruction expert
- Get the police officer’s photos and notes and interview witnesses
- Obtain and analyze the police report
- Research the other driver and company
- Write a letter demanding that the trucking company preserve the truck and all evidence
- Download black boxes of vehicles involved
Collect all applicable evidence that not only establishes the driver’s fault, but demonstrates the extent of your damages. This may includes medical bills and records to prove the extent and cost of your injuries. It may also include evidence of lost wages to establish how much income you will lose as you recover or if you cannot return to work in cases of severe injuries.
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