Enterprise Truck Accidents
Enterprise is a popular car rental company used by travelers as well as South Florida residents without their own transportation. Enterprise also allows customers to rent trucks, which are considerably larger, with many more blind spots than a standard-sized vehicle. Unfortunately, these drivers may not know how to properly maneuver a rental truck, and this inexperience can cause serious accidents, as well as injuries to those involved. The Miami truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help victims injured in an Enterprise truck accident pursue proper legal action against those responsible, which could include drivers as well as Enterprise itself.
Sometimes these accidents are caused by a truck's malfunction, which may be due to Enterprise's failure to properly inspect or maintain its fleet. Robert Dixon and his staff investigate the circumstances of these collisions to ensure that the appropriate parties are held accountable to those whom they have harmed. Our firm assists people throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as elsewhere in South Florida. If you have been injured in an accident involving an Enterprise truck, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we can help.Enterprise Truck Accidents
To rent a vehicle from Enterprise in Florida, drivers must be 21 years old or older and have a valid driver's license. This applies to rentals for all types of trucks as well, with Enterprise's inventory including a variety of box trucks, pickup trucks, cargo vans, and others. Large box trucks offered by Enterprise can be up to 26 feet, with the capacity to carry up to 10,000 pounds. Commercially, truck drivers need specialized licenses to operate such massive and heavy trucks safely. However, anyone with a standard license is entrusted to rent these vehicles daily, often without any instructions on safety protocol. Given this lack of information, drivers of rental trucks may be more likely to engage in the following careless actions, which could lead to serious accidents:
- Improper loading of the truck's trailer
- Driving too fast for conditions or roadways
- Being unaware of all of a truck's blind spots
- Failing to hitch the trailer correctly, leading to a runaway trailer
When a driver or company has acted recklessly or carelessly, leading to a truck accident, victims may be left with catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, internal bleeding, spinal cord damage, and head or traumatic brain injuries. Responsible parties should be held liable for the financial repercussions of the harm that they cause.Liability for Enterprise Truck Accident Injuries
When renting a truck from Enterprise, the company gives drivers an option to obtain additional insurance in the event that there is an accident. Many drivers, however, do not choose this option and rely on their own insurance policies to apply if there is an accident. Some drivers do not even have adequate insurance, which means that victims who are seriously injured could be left with limited options. Legal action against either a negligent driver or Enterprise can be pursued when the circumstances warrant it, and our attorneys can investigate whether this may be appropriate.
If a driver has acted negligently, meaning that he or she has breached the duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would act on the roadways, injuring another person and causing damages, he or she can be liable for the damages that a victim has sustained. In addition, if Enterprise or a representative of the company has breached a duty of care, the company can also be held accountable. These duties include engaging in reasonable inspection and maintenance measures to ensure that the vehicles that they are providing are free from defects, such as wear and tear on tires, brakes, or other vital parts. Once liability has been established, victims may receive compensation for their medical expenses, time missed from work, and pain and suffering damages.Consult a Miami Attorney Following a Devastating Rental Truck Accident
When drivers or companies fail to keep others on the road safe, serious injuries and even fatalities can result. Making sure that victims harmed by such actions are held legally accountable is the top priority for the attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon. Representing people in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and elsewhere in South Florida, we are dedicated to making sure that victims receive the compensation to which they are entitled following an Enterprise truck accident. If you need legal guidance following an accident involving a rental truck, call us at (877) 499-4878 or contact us online in order to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case.