Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/23/2017)

Florida Commercial Vehicle Accidents

The law recognizes people or companies that are in the business of transporting goods or passengers along regular routes as “common carriers.” As a result, many commercial vehicles are considered common carriers. They are distinct from “private carriers” in that common carriers make their services to the general public, while private carriers do not. Some common examples of common carriers include the following:

Common carriers must comply with government regulation in order to be able to offer their services to the public. Any noncompliance with these regulations may be sufficient to allow victims to recover in the event of an accident. In addition, while ordinary drivers and motorists are required to exercise “ordinary care” when on the road, common carriers are required to adhere to the highest degree of care that is consistent with the type of transportation used and the practical operation of the business of a common carrier of passengers. This heightened standard of care can often make it easier for people injured in commercial vehicle accidents to establish negligence, thus increasing the chances of recovering for their injuries.

Why Do Commercial Vehicle Accidents Occur?

Commercial vehicle accidents can occur for an almost innumerable variety of reasons. From the perspective of a person injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the most important determination to make is whether the accident was a result of someone’s negligence. Some of the most common reasons that commercial vehicle accidents happen because of negligence include:

  • Speeding
  • Negligent hiring
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Defectively manufactured vehicles
  • Defectively designed vehicles
  • Failure to observe traffic signals
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Inadequate training
  • Equipment failure

After an accident, it is important that you discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Personal injury claims in Florida are governed by a statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a victim may file a claim.

In addition, if your accident involved a vehicle owned or operated by the state or a particular city, this time limit may be even shorter and the amount of your potential recovery may be capped. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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