Many companies employ full-time drivers to transport materials to and from locations around cities and even across states. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure that drivers are qualified and competent before employing them. Unfortunately, oftentimes this does not happen and companies will employ drivers without experience or with problematic driving histories. This may lead to a cause of action under negligent hiring and training.
If you have been involved in an accident with a company vehicle, it is important to call the police and obtain information from the other driver. The necessary information includes 1) the name of the company; and 2) the insurance information for the vehicle. Company vehicles can be self-insured or insured through a third party insurance company.
Another issue with company vehicle accidents is that drivers can sometimes be employees or independent contractors. This can affect the way that the case is approached. If the driver is a contractor, there is oftentimes a contract between the company and the driver that will reflect this. Our law firm has significant experience obtaining the necessary information to prove negligence on behalf of the company and the driver.
Below is a list of the primary things that we look at in these cases to determine negligence on behalf of the company and the driver:
- Driving history
- Training manuals/employee handbooks
- Alcohol/drug abuse
- Previous employment history
- Sleep apnea or sleep disorders
- Overtime/Overworked drivers
- Criminal history
We have uncovered the above issues in countless cases where a company driver has been involved in a significant motor vehicle accident. Some companies cut corners by having drivers work long hours or overlook health issues, such as sleep disorders, that can lead to dangerous driving.
Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you if you have been hit by a company vehicle. We work with the best experts in the field to ensure that your case is handled the best way possible.