Trucking companies have duties to make sure that their drivers are qualified to drive. If the trucking companies fail to meet these duties then the trucking companies may be liable for their conduct.
Trucking companies may be held liable for their own negligence if they engage in improper hiring. Federal law requires trucking companies to do certain types of background checks into their drivers history before the drivers are hired. If the trucking company fails to follow these requirements, it may be liable for negligent hiring. Similarly, trucking companies may have their own policies about hiring, and a negligent hiring case may be proven when the trucking companies fail to meet their own policies.
Similarly, trucking companies have an obligation to make sure that drivers stay qualified after they are initially hired. If the company doesn’t offer proper training to its drivers or if it continues to retain drivers after the drivers demonstrate that they’re not qualified to drive, then the injured person may be able to pursue a negligent training or retention claim.