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Can Trucking Companies be Held Liable for Negligent Hiring?

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Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, which is why trucking accident and 18-wheeler cases present many difficulties during the personal injury claim process. At The Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, our legal team has the experience and resources to diligently investigate truck accidents to determine the underlying cause. Our goals, just as with all personal injury cases we handle, is to ensure that at-fault parties are held accountable for their negligence and liable for the damages they cause victims.

Both truck drivers and trucking companies can be held liable for accidents. The unique circumstances of an accident, however, will ultimately determine where liability rests and how negligence can be proven. In the case of negligent hiring, trucking companies are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their drivers. When it can be demonstrated that a trucking company knew of potential hazards created by their drivers but failed to address them, they can be held liable. Examples of negligent hiring include:

  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Hiring drivers with a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Hiring drivers with unsafe driving records
  • Hiring drivers with DUI convictions

Because commercial trucks pose such great dangers on public roads and highways, trucking companies have the obligation to ensure that they take reasonable measures to reduce risks and keep the public safe from preventable harm. Hiring unqualified or irresponsible drivers – or retaining drivers who have demonstrated unsafe habits – is negligent and can be grounds for financial compensation.

Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Lawyer in San Jose

Securing records from trucking companies, investigating accidents, and pursuing full and complete compensation is a difficult task, especially when trucking companies are doing everything they can to minimize claims. With the assistance of a San Jose personal injury attorney, however, you will have the support and representation needed to obtain the justice you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in San Jose or any of the surrounding communities, allow Attorney Caroline J. Nasseri to personally review your case during a FREE consultation. Call (408) 912-2217 for a free case evaluation.