Hiring and retaining quality truck drivers is challenging in today’s economy, but it is more important than ever. Studies on nuclear verdicts—verdicts exceeding $10 million—have shown that adhering to safety and operational policies is essential to staying out of court and avoiding liability in the event of an accident. To protect your business, make sure drivers are properly qualified and trained and that files are maintained in accordance with regulations.
Identifying driver issues now could reduce future accidents. A recent study from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) analyzed prior driver behavior as a predictor of future accidents and identified the top violations that show strong correlation with future crashes.
Here are some suggestions for driver hiring and qualification:
Keeping your company policies clear, transparent, and well documented shows your drivers that you are committed to safety and want to help prevent accidents. However, simply having policies in place is not enough. It is important to take proper disciplinary action, provide training and coaching, and adequately document all measures. Acting now will save you time and money in the long run—especially if it means staying out of the courtroom.
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