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Florida Personal Injury Attorneys for Compensation in Commercial Vehicle Accidents

A commercial vehicle is any motor vehicle that is used for the transporting of goods or passengers. Businesses, non-profits, large corporations, and government entities utilize commercial vehicles for daily operations requiring transportation. Examples include buses, vans, trailers, ambulances, fire trucks, delivery trucks, construction vehicles, utility trucks, box trucks, and flatbed trucks. Accidents involving commercial vehicles in Florida can cause devastating injury and long-term medical complications. Due to the size disparity of commercial vehicles versus other vehicles, this type of accident has a higher incidence of severe bodily harm, property damages, and death.

Florida has Additional Regulations for Commercial Vehicles and Drivers

There are specific laws for commercial motor vehicles regarding safety regulations and enforcement, including special provisions for operators transporting hazardous materials. (Florida Statute 316.302) Operators of commercial motor vehicles that are 26,001 pounds or more, transport hazardous materials, or carry 15 or more passengers are required to have a Commercial Driver License (CDL) and applicable endorsements on their licenses.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mission is to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving commercial vehicles. In 2020, they reported 155,585 crashes by large trucks and buses in the nation, with a reported 76,705 injuries and 4,751 fatalities. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/motor-carrier-safety-progress-report-june-30-2021

Questions to Consider for a Commercial Vehicle Accident Case:

  • Were the drivers negligent or reckless and not exercising reasonable care?
  • Are there photographs or video surveillance of the accident?
  • Were any of the parties involved under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications?
  • Do the drivers have pre-existing medical conditions?
  • Were there witnesses to the accident?
  • Was law enforcement notified and on the scene of the accident?
  • What are the injuries, and was medical treatment rendered?
  • Is the commercial vehicle driver the owner, an employee, or an independent contractor?
  • Did the vehicle meet state and federal regulations for safety as a commercial vehicle?
  • Is the commercial vehicle owned by the state and used for the purposes of mass transit?

Orlando Accident Attorney is Passionate about Seeking Justice for Victims

Businesses, corporations, and government agencies that own commercial vehicles recognize that these accidents involve high liability lawsuits. Consequently, they retain sophisticated legal teams that minimize damages and physical harm, or place the blame on the victim. Orlando Accident Attorney has a solid record of success in protecting victims of commercial motor vehicle accidents in Florida and getting them the compensation needed for recovery. Our personal injury attorneys are recognized nationally as fierce advocates for those that have suffered harm due to another’s negligence. 

 Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents are:

  • Failure to yield
  • Poor maintenance and design defects of the vehicle
  • Fatigue of the driver
  • Failure to secure a load
  • Speeding
  • Hazardous weather conditions
  • Merging improperly into traffic
  • Blind spots of the vehicle
  • Alcohol, drug, and prescription drug usage
  • Roadway construction
  • Improper roadway signage

Vicarious Liability

In a commercial vehicle accident, the employer may be held accountable for the negligent or intentional act of the employee.  The legal action would be under the theory of vicarious liability if the commercial vehicle driver were acting within the scope of their employment to further the employer’s interests at the time of the accident. However, if a commercial vehicle driver is an independent contractor, the driver is the liable party. In addition, there may be other parties held liable in a commercial vehicle accident. 

In Florida, most commercial vehicles must have PIP (Personal Injury Protection), to cover medical bills with a minimum of $10,000 in coverage. In addition, most commercial vehicle policies in Florida must carry a minimum of $10,000 to cover property damages. Vehicles over 26,000 pounds are mandated to carry additional liability insurance based on their weight. There are certain types of vehicles excluded from the requirement of PIP insurance such as vehicles used for mass transit and owned by the state.

Our Attorneys Work Tirelessly to Pursue Compensation for Auto Accident Victims

Commercial vehicle accidents are serious, and victims should be adequately represented by legal counsel to achieve full compensation. At Orlando Accident Attorney, our legal team has in-depth legal knowledge of all relevant state and federal regulations and laws. We understand the safety regulations for each classification of commercial vehicles and mandatory regulations for the drivers. Our independent investigations utilize accident reconstruction experts and forensic specialists to build the strongest possible cases for our clients.

Let us assess the value of your damages, which may include lost wages, pain and suffering, and costs for medical care. If a loved one has been killed, let us fight for the financial recovery your family deserves. We are located in Winter Park, and handle auto accident cases throughout Florida. Contact us at (407) 706-3909 for a no-obligation consultation.