Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers
Standards for Hiring Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
Employers in the commercial trucking industry are prevented by law from
knowingly allowing or permitting a disqualified driver to operate a commercial
motor vehicle (CMV). Employers are also obligated to disqualify truck
drivers who violate
§ 383.51 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
An employer can be held responsible for the actions of their employee
if that employee was hired negligently. Anyone injured in an accident
with a large commercial semi truck should contact one of the experienced
trucking accident lawyers at the Nashville firm of Kinnard, Clayton &
Beveridge to find out if this might apply to your case.
Call (615) 933-2893 for a free consultation to get started.
Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge has over a century of combined experience
helping individuals hold trucking companies responsible for hiring unsafe
drivers. Our firm fights for our clients fiercely, backed by extensive
trial experience and a record of success. Attorney Randy Kinnard has tried
over 250 cases alone. When you need to entrust your case to a representative,
we are the names you can depend on.
What are the values that set our firm apart?
Trusted Experience – Our attorneys have tried
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Employer’s Duty to Reasonable & Safe Hiring Practices
As a driver, you have the right to expect reasonably safe behavior from
professional truckers who share the road with you. The trucking industry
tries to ensure safe driving by keeping track of truck drivers with unsafe
records. However, when companies have negligent hiring practices, innocent
people suffer the consequences.
As a result, Tennessee law does not only hold the driver responsible—the company may also be at fault. Discovering employer negligence is an important part of our work. If
the driver who caused your injury or loss had a known record of reckless
or unsafe driving, the employer is considered culpable in that driver’s
actions. We make sure that every responsible party is subjected to the
law for the sake of you, your loved ones, and every other driver on the road.
Obligation to Hire Drivers with Valid CDLs
Employers are required to hire truck drivers with valid commercial driver’s
licenses (CDLs). Driving commercial semi trucks is a weighty responsibility
that requires specialized skills. As such, the federal government mandates
that these drivers obtain CDL certification from their state’s licensing
bureau. Once a driver has a CDL, they must maintain it. Drivers can lose
their certification through serious traffic violations. Employers are
obligated to monitor violations that could put their driver’s CDLs
Why Hire Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?
Our firm does not believe in shoddy, turn-and-burn legal work. We are seasoned
trial lawyers who abide by our values, utilizing our experience and skill
to better our clients’ lives. As a result, we have secured
millions of dollars for our clients in record-breaking verdicts across the state. When you
work with us, you can trust that we are able to fight for your cause—and
we do it right.
Get started today by scheduling a free case consultation—call (615) 933-2893 today.