Rogue Trucking Companies
When a rogue trucking company continues operations despite a history of unsafe actions, unfit drivers, and other dangerous practices, serious accidents and injuries often result. Holding these companies accountable is of utmost importance to the Miami truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon. We help victims of these crashes pursue legal action against the parties responsible for their injuries. We can aid in each step of the process, from investigating the accident and the truck company’s history to advocating for your rights throughout any necessary legal proceedings.Rogue Trucking Companies
Rogue trucking companies are companies with a history of unsafe practices, such as violations of state and federal regulations, hiring and retention of unqualified drivers, or failures to maintain their trucks properly. Often, these companies are established in order to mask past indiscretions and violations by organizing under a new name and department of transportation number after having been previously shut down. Rogue trucking companies are particularly dangerous because they may intentionally put inadequate drivers as well as unsafe trucks on the road. Unfortunately, identifying a rogue company may not be easy. This can require extensive resources and research into its history and past company aliases, as well as the personnel involved. The assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced truck accident attorney may be vital to uncovering these companies and holding them accountable under the law.Pursuing Damages through a Negligence Claim
Even after a rogue trucking company has been identified, a victim injured in a crash must still usually prove that the company or its driver was negligent. To establish negligence, the victim, or plaintiff, must prove that the defendant breached its duty of reasonable care and that the breach was a proximate cause of the injuries that were sustained. A rogue company can potentially be held directly liable for injuries that are caused by its negligent hiring, training, entrustment, supervision, or retention of an unqualified driver. For instance, a company may be directly liable for retaining a driver with a history of traffic infractions, driving under the influence incidents, or other unsafe actions.
Trucking companies can often also be held vicariously liable for a negligent driver if the accident that he or she caused occurred within the scope of employment with the company. The victim must also show that the negligent behavior caused his or her injuries and the resulting damages. Damages that may be recoverable include past and future medical costs, loss of wages and earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Because of the multiple parties involved in a truck accident, as well as concerns arising from the unscrupulous nature of a rogue trucking company, an immediate investigation is vital to avoid the spoliation of evidence. Spoliation refers to a situation in which vital evidence is intentionally lost or destroyed in an attempt to thwart any legal claims. If spoliation is discovered, Florida courts can impose sanctions against responsible parties in the form of default judgments, the exclusion of evidence, or dismissals of claims.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Truck Accident Attorney in Miami
Finding the causes and parties responsible for a truck accident often involves a detailed analysis and technical evidence. The difficulty of this process is only compounded when a rogue trucking company is actively trying to shield itself. The Miami truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon work tirelessly to expose these companies and make sure that victims pursue proper compensation. Our motor vehicle collision attorneys also represent victims in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and other cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have been injured in a truck accident, call 877.499.4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options.