When a company allows one of its company owned trucks to be driven on the public roads it may be held responsible for the negligence or carelessness of its driver which results in the injury or death of a cyclist. The company may be liable when its employee is negligent in doing something or in failing to do something while in the course of their work for the employer. In addition, under Florida law, when a company owned vehicle causes injury a pedestrian or to someone on a bicycle, the company may also be held liable because of their ownership of the truck, trailer or other vehicle.
Companies have a legal duty to investigate the background, driving history and driver’s license status of their drivers before putting them on the road. They have a duty to train them how to do their job in a safe manner. They must periodically inspect their vehicles to make sure loading ramps, wheelchair ramps, lifts and other equipment are in good working order and that the driver is fully trained in their safe use. With certain classes of trucks, the employer has to make sure the driver is in good health and has had a required FDOT physical.
Cases We've Settled Where the Company Who Owned the Vehicle was at Fault
We have represented many people who were injured by the negligence of a tractor trailer, box truck or business vehicle. The most direct example would be a case in which the driver of a company owned truck took the life of a pedestrian who was walking along the side of the road. The driver was at fault because they “never saw the person.”
In another case, the driver of a lawn spray vehicle failed to properly secure the spray hose before driving away from one of its stops. The hose began to unwind as the truck drove along and was being dragged behind it. While the truck was making a turn the hose swung across a nearby sidewalk knocking a pedestrian to the ground and causing serious injuries.
We have handled cases where the vehicle just drove out of their lane striking a cyclist, made an improper turn or lane change causing the injury or death of a bicyclist. We’ve even seen a situation in which the company driver didn’t even possess a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of the crash.
Attorney Jim Dodson is an Advocate for Cyclists
As an active road cyclist for many years, attorney Jim Dodson is a tireless advocate for cyclists and cycling safety. He knows firsthand the dangers someone on a bicycle faces simply enjoying themselves while riding a bicycle along the busy roads in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Those dangers should not include the negligent operation or maintenance of a commercial truck or tractor trailer which causes someone on their bike to suffer serious injury or death.
If you have been injured because of the negligence of a truck or tractor trailer you have a lot on your mind. You may be facing an uncertain future physically and financially. The last thing you need to worry about is whether your lawyer understands what it means to you that you are unable to ride after being injured. You may be wondering if you will ever ride again. You need the peace of mind of knowing your lawyer understands you and your passion, someone who will be in your corner from start to finish.
Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?
If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.
We want to make this simple for you. We will handle the insurance companies while you focus on your recovery. There is never a charge to discuss your case. If we represent you, we only get paid when you are paid.