Negligent Hiring & Retention

Missouri Truck Accident Lawyer

Victims who suffer injuries and losses in preventable truck accidents may have a right to recover their damages by filing a personal injury claim. These claims – or lawsuits – can be filed against truck drivers whose negligence or wrongful acts more likely than not caused accidents and injuries. Because trucking companies employ these drivers, they too can be held responsible for failing to ensure the safe operation of their vehicles.

Trucking companies can be held accountable for accidents caused by a variety of circumstances, including overworked and tired drivers, inadequate driver training, improper vehicle maintenance, and others. In situations where accidents are caused by truck drivers who arguably should never been behind a wheel, trucking companies may also be held responsible for negligent hiring or retention. Examples of this may include:

  • Hiring a driver with an unsafe driving record
  • Hiring a driver with a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Hiring a driver with a criminal record or past DUI/DWI convictions
  • Hiring an unqualified driver
  • Retaining a driver who has been convicted of DUI/DWI or multiple traffic infractions
  • Retaining a driver who has been involved in multiple accidents or who has demonstrated an inability to operate a truck safely

Trucking companies have a legal obligation to ensure that they take reasonable measures to keep others on public roads and highways safe from preventable harm. When they hire unqualified or irresponsible drivers, or when they retain drivers who have demonstrated an inability to safely operate vehicles, they can potentially be held liable for the damages victims suffer in preventable accidents.

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At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, our truck accident attorneys in Missouri are committed to recovering the compensation injured truck accident victims need and deserve. We work closely with clients and explore all potential causes of their accident to effectively establish fault and liability. If you would like more information about negligent hiring and retention or your truck accident personal injury claim, fill out a free case evaluation form or call (800) 391-4318.