To be a qualified commercial truck driver in California, one needs to obtain specific requirements and pass several tests. Having a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a strict qualification. Unfortunately, there are still instances where an individual without the proper license and training operates a commercial truck.
The trucking industry is one of the biggest businesses in the US. As the business grows, the number of experienced and qualified truck drivers to hire isn’t enough. Thus, certain companies resort to hiring inexperienced and unqualified truck drivers. They say that don’t have a choice. But of course, this is not a valid excuse for the risks and accidents that an unqualified truck driver may cause on the road.
If an unqualified commercial truck driver got involved in an accident, and the driver is employed by a truck company, then both the driver (employee) and the truck company (employer) can be held liable. There can also be a case of negligent hiring. This happens if a truck company overlooks the obvious problems or lack of qualifications of a certain driver. Hiring an unqualified truck driver puts lives on the road in danger.
While proving the liability of both the employee and the employer may be difficult, it is not impossible. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you build a strong case, protect your rights, and get the compensation that you need.