Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Vero Beach, FL: Keith Bregoff
Florida’s trucking industry contributes to a large part of our commerce, transporting goods across the country, increasing our financial equity, and employing thousands. At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, our Vero Beach, FL attorney knows that not all trucking companies are screening drivers with the scrutiny necessary to ensure public safety. In some cases, these practices are even illegal.
If you have been involved in a truck accident due to negligent hiring practices, our attorney can help you hold the driver and the trucking company responsible for their risky, dangerous, and unlawful behavior. We have successfully represented Florida residents in cases involving negligent truck driver hiring practices for over two decades and can help you recover fully, too.
Aren’t Trucking Companies and Their Hiring Practices Federally Regulated?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMSCA, regulates the standards required for trucking companies to hire and retain truck drivers.
These standards include:
- Driver’s undergoing and passing medical evaluations
- Driver’s undergoing and passing background checks
- Regular driver drug testing procedures
- Continuing education and testing mandates
- Ensuring drivers are have a proper commercial driving license, or CDL
- Provide or ensure proper certifications and training information has been completed
- Checking the driver’s history for any past tickets, accidents, or criminal convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
- Completion of federally mandated paperwork, including a valid Department of Transportation medical card
- Proof of Social Security Number
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
Do All Trucking Companies Abide by The FMCSA Standards?
By law, trucking companies are required to abide by all FMCSA hiring standards. While it is not illegal to hire inexperienced or underqualified drivers, doing so poses a huge risk to the general public’s safety, and opens the doors for fines and reprimands from the FMSCA.
It is illegal for trucking companies to bypass any of the required standards listed above. If a driver is hired – and he or she did not meet the federally mandated criteria – the trucking company becomes responsible for any truck accident due to negligent hiring they are involved in.
How Can the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff Help?
Truck accidents due to negligent hiring can cause severe injury to those who become the victims of these unlawful employment tactics. The causes of these accidents are typically the result of trucking companies relaxing their hiring practices to keep their businesses running at an optimal level – creating serious dangers for other motorists in the paths of their negligently hired drivers.
If you have been hurt in an accident with a negligently hired truck driver, we can help you recover by pursuing the trucking company for the damages related to your case.
These areas of recovery can include, but are not limited to:
- Current and long-term medical care
- Current and future lost wages
- Property damage
- Short and long-term disability
Call Our Experienced Vero Beach, FL Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident due to negligent hiring, contact our Vero Beach, FL attorney today at (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation. We have nearly 25 years of experience in representing personal injury clients, and successfully acquiring a financial settlement on their behalf. Call us now to find out how we can help you.