Jacksonville Commercial Vehicle Liability Attorney
Employer liability following a commercial truck or car accident
Drivers regularly share the road with trucks, buses, vans and passenger vehicles without incident. When a vehicle is operated safely by a trained and licensed commercial vehicle driver, there is little cause for concern. However, when a commercial truck driver gets distracted and allows an accident to happen, the results can be catastrophic.
There are many legal hurdles to overcome before your claim for financial recovery can move forward. At Gillette Law, P.A., Jacksonville commercial vehicle liability attorney Charles J. Gillette, Jr. can provide you with the insight you need to navigate the important legal issues in a personal injury truck accident case, including:
- Interstate commerce laws. State and federal laws regulating hours of service and imposing height, weight, load or route restrictions severely curtail a commercial truck driver’s ability to get a load to its destination on time and on budget. As a result, some drivers create false logs to circumvent these rules. An experienced Jacksonville trucking accident attorney can help to secure the proof needed to demonstrate the presence of unsafe driving practices.
- Fault-based considerations. Both Florida and Georgia compare the degree of fault when determining whether a commercial truck driver is liable to the driver of a passenger car for property damage, personal injury or wrongful death after a car accident. The advice of a liability attorney from Gillette Law, P.A. may be essential as you secure your claim to financial recovery in Jacksonville
- Subpoenaing records of employer negligence. Failure to properly investigate an employee’s previous employment records, provide training for the proper operation of the vehicle or inquire into an employee’s suspicious behavior could provide the basis for an employer negligence claim. An examination of the employer’s procedures by a lawyer with experience in commercial vehicle liability may reveal liability for your injury.
- Venue. Depending on where the accident occurred and where the business is headquartered, there may be a need to litigate the issue of venue.
- Uninsured or underinsured businesses. Most businesses employing commercial vehicle drivers — such as cargo transporters, delivery services or passenger transport companies — are required to carry insurance to cover the cost of a potential accident that results in injury. Gillette Law, P.A. can explain in detail how the laws governing a commercial truck accident may apply to your case.
Serious representation for serious injuries
To put things in perspective, a fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, while standard passenger vehicles weigh approximately 3,000 pounds. In a high-speed collision, the smaller passenger vehicle and its driver are likely to sustain the most serious damage. Gillette Law, P.A. can assess the immediate and lifelong medical, financial and emotional effects of such a serious resulting injury and ensure that negligence victims achieve full and adequate compensation for their losses.
Hire a Jacksonville attorney with two decades of experience to help with your injury case
Gillette Law, P.A. is centrally located to serve clients in Florida and Georgia. The helpful professional staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Contact us online, or call us at 904-358-1304 or toll-free at 888-366-5904. If you are unable to visit one of our offices, we can meet with you in your home or hospital room. We offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay on a percentage basis only when we win your case.