Driving a commercial truck requires special training and knowledge in Queens, NY. Operating a semi-truck is much different from driving a passenger vehicle. Therefore, a trucking company has a duty to ensure its truck drivers are qualified to operate these extremely heavy, large vehicles.
Negligent hiring practices can lead to devastating truck accidents. The Queens truck accident lawyers of Oresky & Associates, PLLC, understand the consequences of negligent hiring. We have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for over 30 years.
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Truck accident cases are complicated injury claims in Queens, New York. Negligent hiring is only one factor that can contribute to the cause of truck accidents. You need an experienced Queens truck accident lawyer to investigate the cause of the truck crash and gather evidence to prove that the trucking company is responsible for your damages.
We believe you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and losses. Since 1992, our law firm has recovered over $400 million in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our legal team pursues all avenues of compensation to recover the maximum value for your truck accident claim.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have rules and regulations governing commercial truck driver hiring processes. Before allowing a person to operate a commercial truck, employers must conduct thorough background checks.
Motor carriers must maintain driver qualification files for each truck driver. The files must include:
Background checks ensure that commercial drivers are qualified to operate trucks safely. Trucking companies that fail to complete thorough background checks before hiring truck drivers could be guilty of negligent hiring practices.
Before hiring a truck driver, the company must verify the driver is qualified to operate a commercial truck. In addition to verifying the driver has a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL), the trucking company must also check the applicant’s driving history, safety violations, medical records, and substance abuse records.
The FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program helps trucking companies access much of this information. However, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure it has all information and documentation required by law before hiring a truck driver. The employer must also ensure the truck driver meets each qualification to drive a truck.
Negligent hiring occurs when an employer’s lack of care and breach of duty contributes to the cause of a truck crash. Examples of a trucking company failing to use reasonable care when hiring a truck driver include, but are not limited to:
In addition to the pre-employment screening, negligent retention and supervision can contribute to a truck accident.
Trucking companies have a duty to routinely review log books, driving records, and medical records for their employees to ensure continued compliance with requirements for driving a truck. Ignoring signs of reckless behavior, substance abuse, or violations of DOT or FMCSA regulations could contribute to the cause of a truck accident.
Trucking companies can be vicariously liable for the conduct of their truck drivers. When the trucking company was negligent in hiring, supervising, and retaining a truck driver, the company could have liability for accidents caused by the truck driver.
We fight to hold each party responsible for the truck accident liable for your damages. If a trucking company is guilty of negligent hiring or other wrongdoing, we pursue those claims and all claims against the truck driver for causing the crash.
We are here to help you. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Queens truck accident attorneys. Let us help you get justice for a tragic car accident that was not your fault but has caused immense pain and suffering and tremendous financial loss.