This talent acquisition case takes place in Michigan and involves negligent hiring practices at a long-range courier service to transport antiques and other vintage memorabilia. The plaintiff was a driver for the company who was driving in the evening on the highway at full speed. There was another truck that was parked on the highway with its lights turned off. It was beginning to get dark outside, and the plaintiff was unable to see the truck. He crashed full speed into the parked truck. The accident left the driver paralyzed from the waist down and inflicted a range of long-term physical and psychological injuries that will require a lifetime of ongoing care. The parked truck was operated by a long distance courier service which was currently attempting to deliver vintage cars to an antiques auction several states over. The courier company hired the defending party to deliver the cars on a contract basis, and it is alleged that their negligence in doing so directly contributed to the accident.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Please discuss your background in the trucking industry and proper hiring practices for freight delivery.
- 2. What steps could have been taken to avoid this accident?
- 3. Have you ever served as an expert witness on a case similar to the one described above? If so, please explain.
- 4. Please tell us why you’re qualified to serve as an expert reviewer of this case.
Expert Witness Response E-009697
I definitely feel that I am very qualified to opine on this case. In addition to my academic background, I drove a truck for approximately 750,000 miles over ten years, so I have some idea of how to think about things behind the wheel. After that, I studied and now teach human resources, industrial relations, economics, safety, and a host of other topics as it relates to the trucking industry. Trucking industry practices are my bread and butter and proper hiring practices are definitely in my realm of expertise. I have lectured on related topics numerous times. As far as steps to take to avoid this accident, I am still curious as to some of the details in this case. Why was the driver parked on the highway with the lights off? Exactly where on the road was the trucked parked and why? Additionally, the subcontracting and hours of work as well as compensation are very important parts of this case. It seems that there was definitely a degree of negligence on behalf of the courier service if they hired an unqualified individual to perform this delivery. I have served as an expert on 15 cases throughout my career and have great success drilling down the specifics of the trucking industry and helping plaintiff cases