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Truck Employer Negligence in Fort Lauderdale

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Victims of truck employer negligence in Florida need experienced legal help. Trucking companies have significant resources to spend on combating lawsuits and insurance claims. Don’t let them step on your rights in the name of profitability. Instead, protect yourself and fight for fair compensation from a liable trucking company. The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs can help. We stand up for truck accident victims in Fort Lauderdale. To discuss your rights, call us at (954) 568-3636.

When is a Trucking Company Liable for Accidents?

It’s natural to think that the only party that could be legally responsible for your trucking accident is the operator of the commercial truck. However, the trucking company is ultimately responsible for the safety of other drivers on Florida’s roadways. Out of the 42,890 commercial vehicle collisions in the state in 2017, it’s safe to say that a large percentage stemmed from something the company should have done differently. Many trucking accidents in Florida come down to acts of truck employer negligence, such as:

  • Failing to conduct background checks before hiring drivers
  • Hiring unfit, unsafe, or unqualified drivers
  • Ignoring driver drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • Maintaining inadequate new driver training procedures
  • Pressuring drivers to meet deadlines, even if it means driving past hours-of-service regulations
  • Offering bonuses to drivers who beat their deadlines
  • Failing to properly maintain fleet trucks
  • Disobeying truck inspection requirements
  • Breaking cargo securement rules to save time or money

A truck employer will also be vicariously liable for the actions and behaviors of its truck drivers in many situations. If the driver was on duty at the time of the accident, the employer will almost always be legally accountable for damages, despite the fact that most Florida truckers are independent contractors, not employees. Federal law holds trucking companies liable for their trucks and drivers regardless of the employment classification or vehicle ownership. Truck employer liability for negligence generally means greater opportunities for victim recovery.

Contact Us After Your Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident

Truck accident claims require prompt legal action for their best odds of success. It’s important to ask a lawyer to preserve the truck’s black box evidence for your claim, done through a phone call to the truck employer. The black box is a device most trucks have that records the specs of the vehicle at the time of the accident, such as the speed and braking procedures the driver used. Preserving this evidence can be critical to proving that something the driver did or failed to do, contributed to the collision. Waiting to talk to a lawyer could result in the trucking company destroying or altering black box evidence.

Prompt legal action can also ensure you don’t miss Florida’s strict four-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. Missing this deadline could mean your right to compensation vanishes. We want you to have a strong case in every way possible. The sooner you call our lawyers after a Fort Lauderdale truck accident, the better. We can help you determine truck employer negligence and liability. Contact us today to learn more during a complimentary consultation with one of our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys.

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