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Negligent Hiring of Truck Drivers There's No Substitute for Experience 

Truck Accidents Caused by the Negligent Hiring of Unqualified Truck Drivers

Standards for Hiring Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

Employers in the commercial trucking industry are prevented by law from knowingly allowing or permitting a disqualified driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Employers are also obligated to disqualify truck drivers who violate § 383.51 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.

An employer can be held responsible for the actions of their employee if that employee was hired negligently. Anyone injured in a truck accident in the Nashville area should contact one of the experienced lawyers at the Nashville firm of Kinnard Law to find out if this might apply to your case.

Call (615) 933-2893 for a free consultation to get started.

Values That Set Our Firm Apart

Kinnard Law has over a century of combined experience helping individuals hold trucking companies responsible for hiring unsafe drivers. Our firm fights for our clients fiercely, backed by extensive trial experience and a record of success. Attorney Randy Kinnard has tried over 250 cases alone. When you need to entrust your case to a representative, we are the names you can depend on.

  • Trusted Experience – Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases, more than most firms ever do.
  • Proven Success – Our firm has secured millions in record-breaking verdicts and settlements.
  • Client Dedication – Our clients matter to us; they are not just case numbers.

Employer’s Duty to Reasonable & Safe Hiring Practices

As a driver, you have the right to expect reasonably safe behavior from professional truckers who share the road with you. The trucking industry tries to ensure safe driving by keeping track of truck drivers with unsafe records. However, when companies have negligent hiring practices, innocent people suffer the consequences.

As a result, Tennessee law does not only hold the driver responsible—the company may also be at fault. Discovering employer negligence is an important part of our work. If the driver who caused your injury or loss had a known record of reckless or unsafe driving, the employer is considered culpable in that driver’s actions. We make sure that every responsible party is subjected to the law for the sake of you, your loved ones, and every other driver on the road.

Obligation to Hire Drivers with Valid CDLs

Employers are required to hire truck drivers with valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs). Driving commercial semi -rucks is a weighty responsibility that requires specialized skills. As such, the federal government mandates that these drivers obtain CDL certification from their state’s licensing bureau. Once a driver has a CDL, they must maintain it. Drivers can lose their certification through serious traffic violations. Employers are obligated to monitor violations that could put their driver’s CDLs in jeopardy.

Why Hire Kinnard Law?

Our firm does not believe in shoddy, turn-and-burn legal work. We are seasoned trial lawyers who abide by our values, utilizing our experience and skill to better our clients’ lives. As a result, we have secured millions of dollars for our clients in record-breaking verdicts across the state. When you work with us, you can trust that we are able to fight for your cause—and we do it right.

Get started today by scheduling a free case consultation. Call Kinnard Law at (615) 933-2893 today.

Verdicts & Settlements

Unmatched Dedication Has Led to Record-Setting Victories
  • Personal Injury - Erin Andrews Lawsuit Against Hotel $55 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 62 Year Old Woman $22.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Largest Verdict in Weakley County History $15.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Davidson County $6.5 Million
  • Wrongful Death of 22 Month Old $5 Million
  • Golf Cart Accident $4.4 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 24 Year Old College Student $4 Million
  • Wrongful Death - Tractor-Trailer Wreck $3.25 Million
  • Wrongful Death - 16 Year Old Boy $3 Million
  • Auto Accident - Rutherford County $3 Million

Client Testimonials

Helping the Injured Obtain Justice
  • Integrity, above and beyond

    “From a choice in the Yellow Pages to Success. This Law Firm has proven itself as absolutely professional, goal oriented, kind and compassionate in the past several years during my case. Mutual trust ...”

    - H.W.
  • In the hardest two years of my life, you provided the utmost trust, comfort, and support.

    “Thank you Randy, Jennifer, and Cynthia so much for not only helping me get through what has been the hardest time of my life, but for always providing grace, trust, and a sense of comfort for what ...”

    - T.H.
  • We are very grateful.

    “Our case was not easy. Many law firms would not be willing to get involved with a case this complicated and time-consuming. What Kinnard Law achieved on account of conquering numerous hurdles was ...”

    - E.I.
  • Great staff.

    “I had the pleasure of working with a few different Kinnard Law lawyers after a personal injury. The process in its entirety took a couple years - which is longer than I anticipated, but also news to ...”

    - J.
  • 100% Best Lawyers Around

    “You have all been so kind and loving to our family! We appreciate all the hard work and dedication you all put in for our case.”

    - J.S.

Awards & Accolades

Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993),
    Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017),
    and Jennifer Eberle (since 2022)
    have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation and Health Care Litigation.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Attorney Randall Kinnard is a member of ABOTA, a nationwide organization of lawyers who care passionately about the trial system in the United States.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard is an inducted member of the ACTL, one of North America’s premier trial organizations comprised of less than 1% of all lawyers in each state.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

  • Randall Kinnard - Product Liability
    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Randall Kinnard has been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • 40 Under 40
    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Best 150 Lawyers
    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

  • Best of the Bar 2023
    Best of the Bar 2023

    Our attorneys have been named as 2023 “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal.


Why Choose Kinnard Law

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

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