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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.

CRASH INVESTIGATION

We consider all aspects of the crash, including:

LACK OF SEATBELTS

Review procedures on passenger seatbelts & active restraints

IMPROPER MAINTENANCE

Analyze the maintenance routine & schedule for potential flaws

DRIVER FATIGUE

Examine the fitness of driver & expected hours of operation

DRIVER QUALIFICATIONS

Assess hiring process & background of commercial driver

DRIVER NEGLIGENCE

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.

ACCIDENT CHALLENGES

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:

  • School transportation

  • Public transportation

  • Private coach charters

  • Stretch limo and party bus

  • Location shuttle bus

  • Sightseeing and tourist bus

 

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.

ACCIDENT CHALLENGES

  • 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

FLEET VEHICLE

 

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.

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FLEET DRIVER'S INSURANCE

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OTHER DRIVER'S INSURANCE

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FLEET CORPORATE INSURANCE

ACCIDENT CHALLENGES

  • 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