If you’re going to hire a trucker, you’re going to want to first check their DAC report. For the uninitiated, that basically serves as a background check – it contains personal information, employment history, accident history, and any legal transgressions on record from the last ten years. These reports are managed by a for-profit company known as HireRight.
Here’s the issue – just as with a credit report, DAC reports can contain inaccurate, missing, or incomplete information. And there are some businesses that might try to game the system. As a result, it’s often easier to dispute DAC reports than it is to counter a dispute.
Not that you can really blame a driver for trying to game the system, though. DAC reporting has been broken for a very long time. It’s gotten to the point that there’s actually a significant shortage of trained, competent, careful drivers in the industry.
“Trucking companies pay out millions of dollars for this monolithic, heartless and blind entity to tell them via a DAC report that a driver isn’t worth the risk of retention or even hire,” writes security supervisor E. Lee Stoll. “Mitigating circumstances are ignored, and blame is always leveled at the driver no matter what the situation might have been.”
“[Trucking companies] need to develop a more reasonable and legitimate scale for assessing actual risk,” he continues. “They fail to see their own shortfall in productivity and potential profits because they ALWAYS blame the driver.”
It should already be pretty clear what that means for you as a third party. The fact that there’s so many long-running issues with the DAC reports system means that, from a legal perspective, they’re fundamentally meaningless. A driver with a spotless DAC report might be at a significantly higher risk of causing an accident than one with a terrible one, simply by means of circumstance.
Bad news for you if you’ve been injured by a negligent trucker or trucking organization – but that’s where we come in. If you’ve found yourself on the receiving end of the trucking industry’s negligence and the person responsible managed to get off scott-free with a DAC dispute, we can help. We have a long history of working in cases involving the trucking industry, and we make it our business to give corrupt organizations, negligent employees, and bad contractors a run for their money.