Truck accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence on our roadways. Although commercial truck drivers have to undergo special training to earn their commercial driver’s license, human error still results in a large number of preventable accidents each year. Many truck drivers are responsible and follow the rules, but those who don’t risk causing accidents resulting in serious injury or death to other motorists.
Truck accidents are most commonly caused by:
- Negligent hiring. Examples of negligent hiring include failing to perform a background check, hiring someone with a history of traffic violations, or hiring someone with a history of substance abuse. Knowingly placing a dangerous or unqualified driver on the road opens the employer up to liability for an accident. Unfortunately, it is common for trucking companies to try and deny liability for an accident by claiming that a driver is an independent contractor rather than an employee, which is why it is so important to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer who can investigate the accident and hold the appropriate parties accountable.