Negligent hiring, training and supervision of employees are how an employer is liable for personal injuries of innocent third parties.
Over the years, we have handled numerous personal injury cases against companies for the negligence of their employees. The rule is simple, if your employee is negligent and hurts someone, the company can be held liable for the actions of its employee. The legal term for this is Respondeat Superior.
Most companies have policies and procedures in place regarding company safety. Employers must train their employees on these policies and procedures to protect others and save lives. As customers we can expect that and deserve that.
For example, if UPS hires a driver for its tractor-trailers, UPS is expected to train the truck driver on the company’s policies and procedures regarding save driving of its tractor-trailers. UPS should train its drivers on level one inspections of an 18-wheeler and how to make pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the truck. These policies and procedures protect other people on the road and protect the truck driver.
If the truck driver from UPS kills someone on the highway because he did not follow the company’s policies and procedures or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the driver and UPS are responsible for the injuries.
If you know someone that has been injured because of the negligence of someone else please contact The Sumner Law Group for a free consultation regarding your personal injury case.