What Are the Most Common Trucking Accidents In Florida?
Commercial trucking cases are a different breed of car accident claims. Trucking companies must follow specific guidelines set forth under both federal law and Florida law. A semi-truck hooked up to a trailer can weigh anywhere between 35,000 – 80,000 pounds. So, it suffices to say that if a driver of a commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) makes one wrong move, a resulting collision could be catastrophic. To the same regard, if the trucking company makes a wrong move, they can also have a serious negligence case in their hands.
Trucking Company’s Negligence
Negligent entrustment, negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent training, and negligent supervision claims differ from the usual car accident case in that a trucking company can be held liable for an employee’s actions outside the scope of his or her employment. The question is whether . For example, if the trucking company knows that a semi-truck or commercial motor vehicle has faulty brakes, yet allows an employee to use the truck and does not advise the employee of the faulty brakes, the trucking company could be liable for a resulting car accident because there was no negligence by the employee; the driver did everything within the duty of care assigned to him under Florida law, but the trucking company created a foreseeable risk to other drivers on the road. For more information, see Clooney v. Geeting, 352 So. 2d 1216 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1977) and contact Rosen Injury Law for a consultation.