Commercial Tractor Trailer Accidents

The Frank Law Firm has the experience, skill, and dedication to successfully handle your truck accident. If you or a loved one are a victim of an accident with a truck,

Trucking is One of the Country’s Most Dangerous Occupations

Commercial truck driving is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. When commercial trucks crash into passenger cars, the results can be devastating due to the heavy weight of the vehicles and the driving characteristics of tractor trailers. Often times, the cause of these accidents is the driver’s lack of sleep, careless maintenance, negligent training and supervision of the drivers, and the failure to follow state and federal safety regulations.

Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations

The State of Florida has certain laws to assist the transportation industry and keep commercial motor vehicle operations safe and economical in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (OCVE) enforces these laws. Laws relating to the transportation industry are in Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes, and Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These statutes and regulations list weight, load, and safety requirements.

The Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Manual explains what a commercial motor vehicle operator must do to comply with these laws and regulations. These regulations only apply to the State of Florida. For rules and regulations for other states, contact each state individually. The following listing is a guide of the basic requirements for operating in Florida: 1. A valid and current tag registration; 2. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fuel decal if the vehicle combination exceeds 26,001 pounds gross vehicle weight or if the power unit has three or more axles, regardless of weight, and if operating interstate; 3. Correct size and weight; 4. All parts and equipment in safe working condition; and 5. Display a valid Florida or USDOT number.

Retaining an Attorney to Help After a Crash with a Commercial Truck

The drivers who are at fault will have professional insurance company representatives protecting their interests and the interests of the insurance company. You need an advocate looking out for your interests too. The Frank Law Firm has the experience, skill, and dedication to successfully handle your truck accident. If you or a loved one are a victim of an accident with a truck, call The Frank Law Firm., 850-224-HELP (4357) to speak with us about your personal injury or wrongful death case.

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