Who Can Be Sued? Find Out About Liability in Florida Truck Accidents
Determining the cause of a truck accident in Florida can be extremely complicated. That's because injury victims don't just have to worry about the truck driver who caused the accident afterward. Injury victims also have to deal with the company that owns the truck and trailer. In addition to possibly leading to severe personal injury, truck accidents often raise question after question about the standards and practices set forth by trucking companies.
Trucking accidents can be complicated because they often involve multiple layers of liability, from the truck driver to his or her company, to the company that may have loaded the trailer. There may even by a driver of another vehicle on the road who may be liable. In some cases, a victim may need to name multiple parties in a trucking accident lawsuit.
Common questions to ask after a truck accident include:
- Was the truck poorly maintained?
- Was the trailer overloaded?
- Who loaded the truck's cargo?
- Did the truck company cut any corners while hiring or training employees?
- Was a driver drunk or under the influence of drugs?
- Who owns the truck and trailer? (it may be different companies)
- Who manufactured the vehicle?
Trucking companies are required to keep many types of records. If you've been injured in a truck accident, an experienced truck accident attorney can investigate a truck company by looking at records to support your personal injury case, no matter what type of accident injuries you suffered. At the Farrow & Pulice we can investigate the truck company to determine if the company followed proper procedure or contributed to the cause of your accident.
How Do We Determine Liability In A Truck Accident?
Commercial trucking companies are required to follow rules and regulations designed to keep all drivers - including their own employees - safe from harm. These companies are responsible for regulating the number of hours truckers spent behind the wheel, to properly maintain their vehicles and to hire and train all employees accordingly. When they fail to so do and a truck accident occurs, trucking companies can be held liable for causing the accident.
Farrow & Pulice works to hold truck companies accountable by:
- Examining safety records of both the truck driver and the vehicle
- Look for evidence of driver error, including prior arrests or citations
- Examine truck driver logs to determine whether Hours of Service rules were violated
- Collect breathalyzer results from law enforcement officials, examine truck-stop security camera footage and collect evidence from the driver's cab
- Obtain all available maintenance records for the truck and its trailer
- Examine truck black box and GPS-locators
Hold Negligent Trucking Companies Accountable With Farrow & Pulice
To learn more about how our experienced attorneys can help after a truck accident, call Farrow & Pulice, P.A. at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Sarasota truck accident attorney. Our law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.