Accidents Caused by Negligent Hiring
Truck Accident Lawsuits in Houston, Texas
Did you suffer and injury or the loss of a loved one in an avoidable 18-Wheeler or commercial truck accident? The Houston truck accident lawyers at Daspit Law Firm may be able to help you collect financial compensation for your damages. If you are considering a lawsuit, you might ask, "Who is responsible for the accident?" or, "Who should I file my lawsuit against?"
These are legitimate questions. You might assume that one of the drivers is at fault. While most traffic accidents are caused by human error (with the exception of natural circumstances like weather conditions, animals, etc.), this error isn't always committed by a driver. If your accident involved a commercial vehicle / truck, you may be able to file suit against the driver's employer too.
What is "negligent hiring?"
Negligent hiring occurs when an employer allows an incompetent or under-qualified person to handle a job that entails some kind of professional skill or responsibility. For example: truck drivers must undergo extensive training. If the driver is not adequately trained but the employer allows him / her to operate a large vehicle, the employer could be held responsible for any accidents that result from the driver's incompetence. Even though the driver was behind the wheel at the time of the accident, he / she may not be held completely responsible for your injuries.
You don't have to fight alone. Contact our Houston truck accident attorney today!
Facts & Figures: The Importance of Skilled Drivers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 21% of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in the year 2010 had a least one speeding conviction. Additionally, 13% of all truck drivers who were involved in fatal accidents had been in a previous wreck. Finally, 8% of truck drivers in fatal accidents had previously lost their driving privileges through license suspension or revocation.
- While these numbers do not identify the "at fault" driver in each wreck, they do reveal the importance of proper screening during the employment process.
You May be Able to Sue the Driver's Employer
Contact The Daspit Law Firm to see learn more about your legal options through a negligent hiring claim or lawsuit. If you believe that the driver's incompetence was responsible for your damages, we can help you hold his / her employer accountable for negligent hiring. Reasons to work with The Daspit Law Firm:
- Free, no-obligation case evaluation
- One-on-one attention with a skilled lawyer
- Unmatched attention to detail and service
- Personalized strategies to fit your case
- A former insurance defense attorney on your side
Contact our office today and speak with our truck accident attorney in Houston for more information about truck accident claims and lawsuits. Our personal injury team has the experience, skill, and commitment to make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Call our office at (713) 364-0915 or fill out a free case evaluation form to learn more.