Commercial vehicle accidents can include accidents involving semi-trucks, work trucks, delivery trucks, vans, company cars, construction vehicles, buses and even taxis. Because of the size and weight disparity of commercial vehicles and the vehicles they share the roadway with, victims of commercial vehicle accidents can suffer severe injuries, including brain damage, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, among other types of injuries.
Because of the difference in size between buses and other vehicles, accidents involving buses often cause catastrophic injuries to those involved. Victims of bus accidents and their loved ones have important legal rights that they should be aware of. In a neighboring community just north of the Tampa area, a bus accident recently injured two people and killed another. The bus was transporting a college baseball team at the time of the accident. The 69-year-old driver of the bus failed to slow down as the lanes on the interstate began merging, resulting in the bus accident.
Working road construction may be a satisfying job, but there is no denying its dangers. You may experience near misses practically every day on the job. Perhaps you are now recovering from injuries you sustained when a car or truck hit you at a worksite.
Commercial vehicle accidents, such as bus accidents, can be devastating for victims and their families. According to the United States Department of Transportation, during 2009, there were 9,000 bus accidents reported; during 2010, there were 12,000 bus accidents reported, and during 2011, there were 13,000 bus accidents reported. During 2009, 20,000 victims were injured in bus crashes, while 27,000 victims were injured in bush crashes during 2010 and 24,000 victims were injured in bush crashes during 2011.
In many circumstances, an employer may be held liable for the negligence of its employee. If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, or similar accident, you may wonder in what circumstances an employer may be liable for the actions of its employee. When an employee has negligently caused harm such as in a commercial vehicle accident, including a taxi accident, van accident or bus accident, depending on the situation, the employer may also be liable for the harm suffered by the victim.
A great amount of trust is placed in the care of bus and taxi cab drivers. Buses and taxis are referred to as common carriers according to the legal protections provided to victims that may be injured in a taxi or bus accident. While all drivers must exercise care on the roadways for the safety of others, buses and taxis are held to a higher standard of care for the safety and protection of individuals they transport as well as others using the roadways.
This blog recently discussed the dangers of truck accidents for victims and families. Victims of some types of accidents involving commercial vehicles such as busses or taxis may have heard the term 'common carrier' and wondered what it refers to and what the significance of a common carrier is. At their most basic level, common carriers transport people or goods from one place to another for a fee and have certain duties of care for their passengers.
In a Florida community a couple of hours north of the Tampa Bay area, the driver of a semitrailer that crashed into a parked school bus full of children was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison. The accident took place in 2014 and injured seven children and the driver of the bus. The 37-year old truck driver recently pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury but blamed the trucking company for failing to properly maintain the truck.
This blog recently discussed the serious nature of bus accidents and a recent fiery bus accident in north Florida sadly illustrates the dangers of such accidents. The bus accident occurred after the bus failed to yield at a flashing red light controlling the intersection where the accident took place. As a result, the bus collided with a semi-truck and both the bus and semi-truck burst into flames.
Passengers who are injured in bus or taxi accidents may face significant challenges. Buses and taxis fall into a special category of transportation called common carriers. While all drivers are required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, common carriers are held to a higher standard. They are also licensed and must follow certain regulations. In Florida, taxis are required to carry higher levels of insurance and are excluded from the no-fault insurance law in Florida.