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Commercial Driver Accident

The stress of being in an accident with a commercial driver goes beyond the scene of the crash. In addition to worrying about the injuries and property damage you sustained by being in an accident with a vehicle that is potentially larger and heavier than yours, you also will likely have to go up against a big insurance company to recover those damages you deserve. Make no mistake, no matter how sympathetic an insurance company may be, they are more worried about their own bottom line, as well as that of their clients, than covering all of your necessary expenses. If you or a loved one has suffered in an accident involving a commercial driver in Brevard County, an experienced auto accident injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you need.

Brevard Commercial Driver Accident Attorney

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter was founded on a passion for personal injury both from a legal perspective and from an experience as a victim seeking compensation. If you have suffered damages due to an accident involving the negligence of a commercial driver in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Islands, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, or the surrounding cities, contact the experienced personal injury attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. We will fight to recover the maximum compensation you deserve, even if it means going up against a big insurance company. To schedule your free consultation with The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, call (321) 586-9944 today.

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Types of Commercial Vehicles in Melbourne

Usually, when someone thinks of a commercial driver, they immediately think of someone that drives an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or another big rig. The definition of a commercial driver, however, is any person who operates a commercial vehicle for a company. The Florida statutory definition of a commercial vehicle is laid out in Fla. Stat. ยง 316.003 as any motor vehicle operated commercially on Florida roads that meet any of the following specifications:

  • Weighs 5 or more tons
  • Is designed to transport more than 15 people โ€“ including the driver
  • Is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.

Additionally, for the purposes of civil litigation, an on-duty driver of any vehicle used for any commercial means may be considered a commercial driver. This includes people who operate specific vehicles for their companies, such as:

  • Commercial taxis
  • Cargo vans
  • Passenger vans
  • School buses
  • Charter buses
  • Public transportation vehicles
  • Delivery trucks
  • Moving trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Trolleys
  • Construction vehicles

If you are in an accident with a commercial driver of one of these vehicles, you could be facing negligence issues on the driver's part, the company's part, or both. An experienced Melbourne auto accident injury attorney can determine negligence for you and fight the right party for maximum appropriate compensation in your commercial driver accident case.

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Causes of Commercial Driver Accidents in Brevard County

In addition to the usual risks involved with operating a motor vehicle, commercial vehicles often have associated added risks, such as increased height and/or weight, trailers, and cargo. Also, many commercial drivers are expected to make long trips in short periods of time, affecting the health and alertness of the driver. The combination of these risks poses a serious threat for an accident. Some of the common causes for commercial driver accidents in the Brevard County area include:

  • Poor vehicle or trailer maintenance
  • Vehicle manufacturing defects
  • Cargo that is overloaded, improperly loaded or improperly secured
  • Reckless driving
  • Fatigued driver
  • Distracted driving
  • Use of stimulants
  • DUI of alcohol or drugs

Due to the multiple risks involved, causation and percentage of negligence could be spread out over several parties โ€“ from the commercial driver, to the vehicle manufacturer, to the vehicle owner, to the company in charge of the operation. An experienced personal injury attorney in the Brevard County area can determine the associated percentages of negligence and then fight for your compensation from there.

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Commercial Driver Accident Injuries and Recoverable Damages

Given the fact that the types of vehicles used in commercial enterprises are so varied, the injuries sustained in commercial driver accidents can be just as widespread. However, more often than not, the commercial vehicle is either heavier or is bigger in dimensions than the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the accident. The most common injuries to occur when your vehicle is involved with the larger and/or heavier vehicle of a commercial driver include:

  • Muscle strains, sprains, or tears
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Concussion or other Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Paralysis / Quadriplegia

What damages you are eligible to recover depends on the severity of the injuries sustained, the number of parties involved, and the degree of negligence each party is responsible for. Some of the damages frequently sought or recovered in Melbourne and the surrounding areas from commercial driver accidents include:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Medical expenses for maintenance
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

The more your life is impacted by the commercial driver accident, the more damages you can fight to recover. At the very least, however, you have a right to fight for the financial damages causes by loss of property and medical costs. Working with an experienced Brevard County personal injury attorney may increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

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The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Melbourne Personal Injury Attorney for Accidents with Commercial Drivers

If you have suffered due to the negligent actions of a commercial driver that resulted in an accident, you have suffered enough. The experienced personal injury attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter in Melbourne will fight to get you the maximum compensation you need, so you can go back to what's most important โ€“ healing. Your first consultation is free, so call (321) 586-9944 today and schedule yours.

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