Tractor-trailers, box trucks, work vans and utility vehicles — what do they all have in common? They are often owned and operated by businesses and driven on public roads. These vehicles, like all other vehicles, are always at risk of being involved in an accident. Unlike collisions involving only passenger vehicles, however, those injured in accidents with commercial vehicles may have multiple options for pursuing compensation under the law.
Workers riding in company vehicles are often driving on unfamiliar roads and may be distracted by work tasks. When a worker is responsible for causing an accident, it is often possible to bring a claim against that driver. Additionally, it may be possible to recover compensation from the driver’s employer, even if the employer is not directly responsible for the wreck.
Alternatively, sometimes employers are responsible for the conditions that led to a wreck. Poor vehicle maintenance, inadequate training and poor hiring practices are all forms of negligence that can make an employer liable for a crash and any resulting injuries.
Depending on the type of commercial vehicle involved, other parties may also be to blame. When a truck is carrying cargo, the shipping company may load that cargo. If cargo isn’t properly balanced or secured, it could come loose or cause the vehicle to lose control. In these cases, a shipper may be liable for the accident. In some cases, it may even be possible to hold mechanics or manufacturers responsible for problems with a commercial vehicle.
If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident with a commercial vehicle in the Manatee or Sarasota County areas, the truck accident attorneys at the Bradenton firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have the experience to help you with your legal claim.