Due to their size and weight, commercial vehicles pose tremendous risk to their occupants and to other vehicles and pedestrians. Because commercial vehicles such as buses and limousines often carry many passengers at once, crashes involving such vehicles often result in catastrophic injuries to many people. This is especially true because such vehicles are often exempt from the usual seatbelt requirements.
TYPES OF COMMERCIAL CRASHES
HOW WE CAN HELP
Commercial motor vehicles incidents are often fraught with multiple claimants competing against both the “at fault” company and also other passengers. Insurance coverage often limited and must be distributed amongst all parties injured. Public transportation creates an additional challenge, because counties and municipalities are protected by sovereign immunity, which limits the amount an injured victim can recover.
We consider all aspects of the crash, including:
LACK OF SEATBELTS
Review procedures on passenger seatbelts & active restraints
Analyze the maintenance routine & schedule for potential flaws
Examine the fitness of driver & expected hours of operation
Assess hiring process & background of commercial driver
Assess the decisions made by a driver operating large vehicle
LOADING VS. UNLOADING
Determine if improper loading & unloading procedures occurred
VICTIM OF A BUS ACCIDENT?
Larger group transportation vehicles tend to have less safety devices with greater risk for damage and injury. Most of the time they provide a safe ride, but when a bus accident occurs the results can be devastating.
Whether struck by a bus or riding along as a passenger, the quantity of people enduring an injury and potentially entrapped within a vehicle is typical higher in collisions with a bus. This can be a direct result of driver negligence, fatigue, insufficient training, improper entrustment of the vehicle and several other preventable issues. The variety of bus and transport vehicles that can experience these types of crash challenges include the following:
Private coach charters
Stretch limo and party bus
Location shuttle bus
Sightseeing and tourist bus
CONSTRUCTION & AGRICULTURE
VICTIM OF A CONSTRUCTION / AGRICULTURE ACCIDENT?
With construction vehicles at a considerable size and weight advantage, injuries caused by such vehicles can often be catastrophic.
Safety surrounding agricultural vehicles is critical to avoid a potential collision with slow moving or oversized equipment, especially in Florida’s ever-changing weather conditions.
Bulldozer and crane transport + operation
Encroachment of roadside construction sites
Crane operator & rigging issues
Right of way traffic management & barriers
Inadequate or improperly placed warning signs
Loading & unloading mishaps
Scissor, platform & cherry picker lifts
Debris, falling objects and projectiles
VICTIM OF A FLEET VEHICLE ACCIDENT?
Fleet vehicles are groups of motor vehicles owned or leased by a business including limousines, taxis, rental cars, police force and internet-based restaurant delivery services like GrubHub or UberEats. Identifying who is at fault requires proper legal representation with fleet vehicle experience.
FLEET DRIVER'S INSURANCE
OTHER DRIVER'S INSURANCE
FLEET CORPORATE INSURANCE
Vehicle ownership, lease vs. owned
Independent contractor or corporate employee?
Identifying to and from off-the-clock liability
Lack of seatbelts/active restraints
Entrapment of passengers
Driver pressure to make quick deliveries
Inexperienced drivers on unfamiliar roads