Recover Compensation for Your Injury Caused by an Unqualified Truck Driver
As one the of the states with the highest incidence of trucking accidents, many California drivers suffer major injuries each year. This is partially due to the increasingly lax hiring policies for truck drivers. Improper driver qualifications and training put other drivers, pedestrians, and even cyclists at unnecessary risk. The truck accident attorneys at San Diego Injury Lawyer are familiar with trucking laws and can help you prove liability if you have been injured in an accident caused by an unqualified truck driver. Time is of the essence. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in or around San Diego, CA, contact us online or call (619) 272-4028.
Commercial driver qualifications in California
The standard qualifications for becoming a commercial truck driver in accordance with the California DMV and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration include:
- High school diploma or GED
- Good driving record
- Commerical driver's license (CDL)
- Medical examination
- Ability to read and speak English sufficiently
Additionally, companies should evaluate criminal records and past employment, as well as drug and alcohol history. While in some cases an applicant may have lied, companies might also try to cut costs during the hiring process or struggle to find qualified candidates due to a lack of applicants. This can lead to hiring drivers that may not meet all of the necessary requirements. For instance, they may not be as critical of their driving record, disregard potentially hazardous health concerns, or require less extensive training.
Our skilled truck accident lawyers have a proven process to collect the necessary evidence and hold negligent drivers or employers responsible for your injuries.
DANGERS OF HIRING UNQUALIFIED DRIVERS
Improperly trained or underqualified drivers may be unaware of truck driving regulations that are meant to prevent dangerous conditions. These may include:
- Maximum hours behind the wheel
- Mandatory rest period policies
- Safe transportation of hazardous materials
Commercial drivers with limited training may also lack experience in proper evasive maneuvers to avoid an accident.
Whether it is caused by their own reckless driving, poor judgment, or inability to adequately manage dangerous driving conditions, an accident involving a truck is especially dangerous due to the significant damage that can be caused by their weight and size. Major accidents such as rollovers or jackknifing can lead to serious consequences including brain injury, spinal injury, or even death.
Victims of these types of accidents will face resistance not only from the insurance company but also the driver's employer, who will most likely organize a strong defense. A seasoned attorney familiar with the nuances of trucking regulations and employment requirements on a state and federal scale can is paramount to help you prove liability.
Our skilled truck accident lawyers have a proven process to collect the necessary evidence to hold negligent drivers and employers responsible for your injuries. As an established practice, we can utilize our resources to conduct a thorough investigation into any violations that may have occurred, such as improper licensing. We can then compile our findings into a compelling claim that can place responsibility on the negligent party or parties.
Hold negligent parties responsible
After a trucking accident, many of our clients face life-changing health issues, mounting medical bills, and emotional distress. At San Diego Injury Attorney, we firmly believe that negligent companies hiring unqualified drivers or providing insufficient training need to be held responsible. To learn more about your next steps, contact us online or by phone at (619) 272-4028.