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Utility Trucks and Vans

While utilities are vital for the functions of modern life around Tallahassee, the process of maintaining utility infrastructure often puts utility trucks and vans in awkward places when we least expect it. While workers are managing tasks understood only by themselves, utility company vehicles operate on a schedule that is not predictable. Drivers often park in unusual locations, block portions of the street, and start and stop at odd times.

If a utility van driver pulls out without checking for traffic, or if the vehicle disrupts visibility and no one makes appropriate efforts to moderate traffic flow and an accident results, the utility company should be liable for injuries. However, the process of proving liability and gaining recovery from a utility company can be extremely difficult. It is a good idea to consult a Tallahassee truck accident lawyer at Searcy Denney for assistance with gathering evidence and complying with regulatory requirements that could affect your claim.

Special Rules May Apply

Sometimes, utility vans and trucks are operated by government entities or quasi-government entities. This can impose special rules on cases where irresponsible driving, poor vehicle maintenance, improper loading, or other issues lead to an accident.

The time to file a claim may be shorter than usual. It may be necessary to file additional reports and paperwork with regulatory agencies. And sometimes damages may be limited by statute, which complicates the process of settling a claim. At Searcy Denney, our experienced legal team understands all the factors that could complicate a truck accident case involving a utility van so we can ensure that victims’ rights are fully protected and they retain the best chances for compensation.

Commercial Insurance

Utility trucks and vans are company vehicles, and the company that owns them is responsible for factors such as:

  • Maintaining the vehicle in safe operating condition
  • Ensuring that drivers are properly qualified, trained, and supervised
  • Properly loading and storing equipment carried in the vehicle
  • Establishing schedules that do not lead to excessive fatigue or incentive to drive negligently

When a company fails to fulfill an obligation to others on the road, it can be held liable for injuries that result. Unless a utility is self-insured, the commercial insurance policy will cover the damages. The good news is that company vehicles are often better insured than private vehicles. The bad news is that company lawyers may be on the site soon after an accident to clean up the scene and ensure that the driver doesn’t say anything that could lead to liability. Those same lawyers and investigators may try to get others involved in the accident to say something that they can use to argue that the utility company is not responsible for the accident.

Anyone injured in a utility company truck or van accident should contact a truck accident lawyer in Tallahassee as soon as possible to gain equally experienced legal guidance to protect their rights and interests.

Trust the Team at Searcy Denney to Help You Recover After an Accident with a Utility Truck

An accident with a utility van or truck can turn your life upside down in a hurry. While you work toward physical recovery, let an experienced Tallahassee truck accident lawyer at Searcy Denney deal with insurance companies and collect evidence to build your claim for damages. To get started with a free consultation, call 888-549-7011 or contact us online today.

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