Accidents involving commercial vehicles are among the most serious on Florida roads. Most commercial vehicles are large, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, and they are responsible for a disproportionate amount of traffic fatalities in Florida and elsewhere in the country as freight on roadways reaches an all-time high. More than 70% of fatalities in collisions with large trucks are in the other vehicle, such as a passenger vehicle, rather than the truck driver.
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, such as a moving truck, passenger bus, or semi-truck, it’s important to protect your legal rights. An experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney can help you build your claim to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Commercial vehicles aren’t limited to large semi-trucks. Under Florida law, a commercial vehicle is any vehicle used by a business to transport property or passengers that weighs at least 10,000 pounds.
Common types of commercial vehicles in Florida include:
Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be complex as liability may fall on one or more parties:
Every party that is potentially liable will have different insurance coverage. Because so many parties may share some liability in a commercial vehicle accident — and there are potentially many insurance companies involved seeking to limit a settlement — it’s important to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Commercial vehicle accident cases differ from typical traffic accident cases in many ways. These accidents often involve very large commercial vehicles, for example, and drivers or companies that may not be based in Florida. Injuries in these cases also tend to be more serious than injuries in accidents involving only passenger vehicles.
Have you been seriously injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle in Florida? Contact GMV Law Group, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with a Florida commercial vehicle accident attorney to explore your legal options and fight for fair compensation for your injuries. We have Spanish and English speaking representatives available to help you take the next steps.