After any accident, a trucker will need to take a drug test. If it comes back positive, showing any alcohol or illegal drugs, then the driver will probably be fired quickly.
If the driver was not impaired, then a company will look at other circumstances. Any driver who flees the scene, fails to render assistance, or kills someone recklessly will probably also lose their license and their job.
Otherwise, the trucking company will decide whether to employ a driver on a case-by-case basis. One minor accident probably will not result in termination. A driver with many accidents and tickets, however, is vulnerable to receiving a pink slip.
As an injured victim, you might wonder why you should care if the driver loses his job. After all, you are primarily focused on getting compensation for your injuries. But the driver’s history matters for a couple reasons. If the driver already has multiple accidents on his record, he might fear losing his license and could refuse to tell the truth about your wreck. A trucker afraid of losing a job could also doctor the logbooks or other information.
The trucking company is also trying to protect itself—hence the drug testing. However, our clients can use this to their advantage, since much more evidence is available to show that a driver was at fault for a collision.