How Poor Hiring Practices Cause Commercial Truck AccidentsMississippi Legal News
Truck accidents can cause extensive and catastrophic physical injuries and death. Truck accidents do not happen as frequently as crashes between passenger automobiles do and this is largely because there are much more passenger sedans on the road than massive commercial trucks. Still, even though commercial truck accidents happen less often than car accidents, they still happen at a higher rate than many people think. When a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle those occupants of the smaller vehicle will most often sustain the most debilitating and deadly injuries.
If you were injured in a truck accident in Mississippi or if you tragically lost a loved one in one of these fatal events, Bob Germany is a Jackson wrongful death attorney that can help you file a claim for compensation. Commercial truck accidents tend to be more complicated than passenger vehicle accidents so working with an attorney that has experience with these destructive events is critical to the outcome of your case.
Why Hiring the Right Truck Driver Matters
The trucking industry is plagued with much bad press regarding negligence and unsafe practices. While not every trucker or trucking company conducts itself in such perilous ways, there are enough that do, and there are also plenty of examples of cataclysmic trucking accidents where disregard for established safety guidelines was the main cause of these incidents happening.
Since 2009, the number of large truck accidents has been on the rise and has increased by over 52%. When a trucking accident is deadly, 68% of those fatalities are found in passenger vehicles the truck hit. These individuals also suffer the brunt of physical bodily harm including broken bones, burns, disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, and more.
It is critical that trucking companies are responsible and do their due diligence when they hire new truck drivers. Yet in so many instances truck companies with their eagerness to get more trucks on the road and cargo moving will be lax on hiring practices. As a result, unsafe truck drivers are hired, put into commercial trucks, and sent off onto the road putting all other drivers and pedestrians at great risk of harm.
Examples of bad or negligent hiring practices include:
- Failure to do background checks
- Hiring drivers with a documented history of many driving violations
- Bringing in new drivers that have substance abuse issues
- Not providing adequate training
These are just some ways that a trucking company’s feckless hiring practices can be hazardous to everyone else who drives near one of their truckers.
If a trucking crash happens in Mississippi because the driver was not fully equipped to operate a large commercial truck not only can the truck driver be liable but so could the trucking company. You can be sure that the trucking company will come up with every excuse possible as to why they are not to blame but the Jackson truck accident attorney Bob Germany will know how to handle this.
Speak with a Mississippi Truck Accident Attorney Today
After a traffic collision and once medical attention has been received call the Jackson personal injury attorney Bob Germany to learn more about obtaining compensation. You can schedule a free consultation with Germany Law Firm, PLLC by calling (601) 487-0555.