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Houston Accidents Caused by Negligent Hiring

Truck Accident Lawsuits in Houston, Texas

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:

Did you suffer an injury or the loss of a loved one in an avoidable truck accident? The Houston truck accident lawyers at The Daspit Law Firm may be able to help you collect financial compensation for your damages. Contact us today for a free initial case review.

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.

Facts & Figures: The Importance of Hiring 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 the driver’s 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

Our personal injury team has the experience, skill, and commitment to make a difference in the outcome of your case.

Contact our office today and speak with our truck accident attorney in Houston for more information about truck accident claims and lawsuits.

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