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Delivery Truck & Charter Bus Accidents

In the last ten years, both the delivery truck and charter bus industries have expanded to newly found levels. With business increases of at least six percent annually, these industries comprise of hundreds of companies who in-turn employ and serve thousands nationwide. With their draw of ease and convenience, delivery trucks and charter buses provide people across the country with the opportunity to get what or where they want whenever necessary.

With more service providers than ever offering parcel delivery to homes and commercial locations across the United States, a delivery vehicle is often a frequent occurrence on the road. Most delivery trucks are independently owned and operated, such as FedEx and UPS. However, the government-owned and operated US Postal Service is still greatly important to the industry due to it’s transportation of news and goods across the country in it’s fast and efficient manner.

Although there are thousands of delivery companies that make-up the industry, the delivery companies used most-often in Florida are FedEx,UPS­ and the United States Postal Service.

Learn more about the most common causes of delivery truck accidents in Florida.

Like delivery vehicles, there are a great number of charter bus and motor coach companies in the United States. Owing mainly to the expansion of the casino industry, there are now over 4,000 charter bus companies working on both highways and roadways in various locations throughout the country.  Like delivery vehicles, this type of business truck is relatively convenient, inexpensive, and efficient.

In the state of Florida, the most-commonly used charter bus and motor coach companies are:

  • Greyhound
  • Express Trailways
  • US Coachways
  • First Class Trailways
  • Peter Pan Bus Lines

Nevertheless, no matter the convenience or efficiency offered with the utilization of delivery trucks and charter buses, both are still extremely dangerous types of business vehicles when encountered on the road.  The sheer size and weight of the business truck, delivery truck or bus, often combined with its speed and top-heavy structure, can frequently result in grave injury and even death for most victims of this type of accident.

A crash involving large business trucks or buses can be more catastrophic than accidents involving only passenger vehicles in that not only does the amount of property damage increase significantly, but also the injuries can be more severe. A delivery truck or charter bus accident can cause injuries to both the truck or bus drivers as well as to the occupants of the other vehicles involved in the crash.

In the wake of a business truck or bus accident, victims can be left with crippling, life-altering damages that can include:

  • Expensive medical bills that can decimate savings and greatly weaken financial well being.
  • Injuries (short-term and permanent) that can affect one’s way of life.
  • Missed work/lost wages, which can further complicate financial concerns.
  • Property damage expenses, which are not always covered by insurance.
  • Mental anguish and strife during recovery, which is difficult to quantify and can cause permanent damage.

Besides the above difficulties, victims are often faced with many questions regarding their future. In some cases, those injured in a business truck or bus accident are even discouraged from pursuing their potential rights. If you have been injured or a loved one has been lost to a business truck or bus accident, contact us today  at Rue & Ziffra at 800-526-4711 to get the compensation that you deserve for your damages..

What are the Requirements to Drive a Delivery Truck or Charter Bus?

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required to drive a delivery truck or bus. In order to obtain a CDL, truck drivers must have special training and pass rigorous tests. The different classes of CDLs determine the sizes and types of trucks that a driver may operate. Drivers who operate certain types of truck or carry certain kinds of cargo are required to have even more training. Truck drivers who are involved in truck accidents, have traffic violations, or violate trucking laws, can lose their CDL.

Also,there are certain licenses that truck drivers need to receive before they are able to operate a commercial or heavy load truck.

To operate trucks or truck combinations weighing 26,001 lbs or more, and towing a vehicle/unit over 10,000 lbs, then a Class A license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Combinations vehicle test
Air Brakes
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements
To operate straight trucks and buses 26,001 lbs or more, then a Class B license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Air Brakes (if applicable)
Pre-Trip
Basic Skills
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements
To operate vehicles transporting placarded amounts of hazardous materials, or vehicles designed to transport more than 15 persons including the driver with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 26,001 lbs, then a Class C license is needed. The following tests are required:

General Knowledge test
Air Brakes (if applicable)
Pre-Trip (if applicable)
Basic Skills (if applicable)
CDL Road Test
Applicable exams for desired endorsements

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For over 30 Years, Rue & Ziffra Law Offices and Attorneys have provided legal expertise and results for those who have been affected by a Truck Accident in Bunnell, Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Flagler Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Port Orange and Sanford.

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