Most commercial transportation companies have standards for hiring drivers. But with a shortage of qualified truckers across much of the country, some haulers are not too picky about who is driving their trucks. Unfortunately, the rest of the motoring public suffers when people who have no business operating any vehicle are given the keys to an 18-wheeler.
The law firm of Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC has successfully proven negligent hiring, inadequate training, or willful defiance of regulations that led to trucking accidents. Our Charleston injury lawyers take cases throughout the Tri-County Area, across South Carolina, and beyond. Call us today for a free initial consultation about your trucking accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require trucking companies to conduct a thorough background check before allowing a truck driver to drive one of their commercial vehicles. A reputable outfit thoroughly screens new hires, but some trucking companies cut corners on employee background checks.
Some may knowingly hire candidates who:
A trucking company may also be liable for personal injuries if an experienced driver was not properly trained on:
Truckers commonly fudge their log books to hide the fact that they have driven more hours than allowed under federal hours of service regulations. The employer is still accountable for damages if a fatigued truck driver causes an accident. The defense will claim they didn’t know the logs were falsified—but they should have known if they routinely cross-checked driver records for accuracy. This is one area we can use to strengthen your case.
At PHSW, we obtain all records relating to hiring, training, and operation in order to build your case against the trucking company. Attorney Allan P. Sloan III has handled more than 45 truck accident cases, and has written legal articles and taught seminars on the topic. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. His experience makes a difference and can benefit your case.
Contact our Charleston office today for a free case evaluation. You can get in touch with us at (843) 968-0886. We represent clients throughout the Tri-County area, including Sumter, Orangeburg, Williamsburg, Clarendon, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Allendale, Richland, Beaufort, Hampton, Darlington, Colleton, Florence, Berkeley, and Dorchester.