Each day in Houston, thousands of commercial vehicles share public roads and highways with smaller passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. Because these massive machines considerably outweigh other motor vehicles and because they are difficult to stop and maneuver, the driver behind the wheel needs to uphold the highest standards of safety, care, and diligence. Although truck drivers do make errors, trucking companies can reduce risks of these errors and preventable truck accidents by hiring qualified and trained truck drivers.
When truck accidents do occur, injured victims can work with an experienced Houston truck accident lawyer to determine the underlying cause. Although truck accidents can be caused by a variety of circumstances, driver error and mistakes are among the most common, including:
- Driver distraction
- Texting while driving
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Traffic violations
- Speeding and aggressive driving
When filing a personal injury claim, victims will be required to prove that the negligence of a trucking company and /or a truck driver more likely than not caused their accident. A driver who was texting behind the wheel, for example, can be held accountable for their negligence and carelessness.
What is negligent hiring?
There are several situations in which trucking companies can be held liable for accidents. Trucking companies, after all, are responsible for the conduct and actions of the drivers they employ. When it is discovered that trucking companies failed to meet reasonable standards when hiring drivers, they can be held liable for negligent hiring. Examples of negligent hiring may include:
- Hiring an unqualified truck driver
- Hiring a driver with a history of unsafe driving
- Hiring a driver with a history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Hiring a driver without a valid driver's license or commercial license
- Hiring a driver who has a history of auto accidents
By highlighting the failures of trucking companies during the hiring phase, an experienced attorney can present evidence that proves a truck company failed to uphold their duty to take reasonable safety precautions. For example, in a case involving an accident caused by a drunk truck driver, the company may also be held liable if there is evidence that the driver had a history of alcohol or substance abuse, or DUIs.
If you would like more information about truck accidents, negligent hiring, and how a Houston injury lawyer from the Daspit Law Firm can be of assistance, call (713) 364-0915 for a free consultation.