Poorly Screened Drivers Cause Truck Accidents
Some accidents caused by large trucks are because the driver was poorly screened and either undertrained or had a background that should have prevented him or her from being hired. Truck crash attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs understand the many causes of negligence that contribute to a truck accident. Our track record of winning 99 percent of negligence cases in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio shows our dedication to winning compensation for our clients.
If you have been injured by the negligent act of a truck driver or company, call 800-444-888 any time of day or night for a free consultation to see how we can help you. Calling right away is important because:
- Evidence in an accident can be lost over time
- Witnesses can have problems remembering details or move away
- The statute of limitations can expire
- Who Has the Responsibility for Screening Truck Drivers?
Prescreening a truck driver before hiring is an important part of keeping the roads safe for other drivers and as protection for the company. However, it is the responsibility of the hiring company to screen job candidates or before hiring an independent trucker. Unfortunately, not all companies adequately screen drivers or information can be missing, and this can cause an unfit driver to be behind the wheel of a big rig, endangering other vehicles and pedestrians.
What Should Trucking Companies Screen For?
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations provide a checklist for hiring truck drivers. The list includes the following:
- A CDL license less than three years old or a road test to check competency
- Motor vehicle records
- A safety performance background check
- Health certificate from a medical examiner on the national registry
- Successful drug screening
- New Recommendations to Prevent Poorly Screened Drivers
The FMCSA, in reaction to a sleep study report on truck drivers released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has recommended that drivers also be screened for sleep apnea as a safety precaution. According to the study, the truck drivers who suffered from sleep apnea and were untreated were five time more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers without sleep apnea or those who received treatment. At this time, drivers themselves report whether they have sleep apnea but are not required to.
Being injured by a truck driver who caused an accident because the driver was poorly screened before being hired is negligence on the part of the hiring company. If you have been injured, you know that you have mounting medical bills and other expenses associated with your injury. Contacting the law firm of Isaacs & Isaacs is a good first step in recovering your losses, so you can concentrate on getting better without the added worry of how you are going to pay those mounting bills.