In an effort to reduce the number of highway crashes involving large trucks, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is checking commercial vehicles for violations that may make them dangerous on our roadways. The Office of Motor Carrier Compliance (MCCO) will weigh the commercial motor vehicles at 20 stations to determine if they are in compliance with weight restrictions. An overweight vehicle can damage the state’s highways and bridges.
In 2010, 16,000 commercial vehicles and more than 6,000 drivers were taken out of service for violating safety rules, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
For example, the law states that single axle maximum weight is 22,000 lbs, and a tandem axle maximum weight is 44,000 lbs. The gross weight of a large truck fully loaded is 80,000 lbs., and a commercial vehicle length cannot exceed 48’/53’. The width cannot exceed 8’6”, and the height cannot exceed 13’6”.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Florida
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reports there were 137 fatal crashes involving large trucks in Florida in 2010 and 3,867 non-fatal crashes. There were 3,545 injuries reported by the DOT that year as a result of trucking accidents.
Commercial vehicle crashes are at their lowest rate since 2001, according to the FHP.
If you are involved in a collision with a large truck, the last thing you want to do is handle your own case and try and negotiate with the insurance company for the carrier. It is their job to be aggressive in putting some of the blame for the accident on the motorist. The Jacksonville truck accident attorneys of Farah & Farah can help you seek the compensation you deserve so you can focus on getting better. Call us at 1 (800) 642-8275.