Why is it important to investigate the hiring background of the driver of a truck following a Florida accident with injuries?
When a person is injured due to the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, both the driver and the owner of the motor vehicle is responsible for the damages. In the case of an employer who hires a truck driver to drive their truck, it is important to look into the hiring practices of the trucking company. If the driver has a significant history of accidents or tickets, the trucking company may be found negligent for hiring someone who might be a poor driver. These companies also have an obligation to look into the background of the people they hire, so that the failure to make reasonable inquiry into the background of its drivers may also constitute negligence. Additionally, a jury may feel that a company that placed a dangerous driver behind the wheel of one of its trucks bears a greater responsibility to compensate a victim of the driver’s negligence.
The attorneys at Dell & Schaefer look into the hiring practices of trucking companies that have injured our clients. By discovering improper hiring we are frequently able to encourage insurers to settle claims, many times for much more than they otherwise would have paid.