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Weigh Station Inspections This Week for Commercial Vehicles in Florida

By Farah & Farah on November 18, 2011

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.


Fatal Plant City Truck Crash After Driver Reports Feeling Ill

By Farah & Farah on October 11, 2010

The driver of a tractor-trailer reported feeling ill just before he crashed his big rig into a utility pole and it burst into flames on a State Road 39 in Plant City early Wednesday morning, October 6, reports

Police have identified the driver as Gerry Dale Adams, 60, of Lakeland. He had radioed his nephew while following another truck on State Road 39 that he felt ill and planned to pull over. Adams was reported to have a history of heart problems. No one else on the road was injured. Adams was part of a three tractor-trailer caravan that was hauling fertilizer, Round-Up, and soil to a business in Zephyrhills.

Rescue crew arrived at the scene at East Trapnell Road and SR 39 to find the tractor-trailer cab fully engulfed in flames. The big-rig had rolled over on its right side. Traffic was diverted for six hours.

Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. Adams for his sudden passing.

Truck Accident Statistics
In Florida, 263 people lost their lives in 2008 in collisions with big-rigs.

When a large commercial truck, weighing up to 80,000 pounds, collides with a passenger vehicle, weighing about 3,000 pounds, 98% of the injuries and fatalities will occur to the occupants of the motor vehicle. More than 4,000 people die on the nation’s roadways every year in truck accidents, according to federal statistics.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, the Florida truck crash attorneys at Farah & Farah have the knowledge and experience to successfully handle your auto accident case. Call us immediately so an investigation can be launched to help you receive the compensation for your injury, property damage, or wrongful death.

Three Injured in Hamilton County Florida Semi Crash

By Farah & Farah on April 22, 2010

Three people were injured when a semi-truck collided with another near Jennings, Florida and the Georgia state line, according to an article from The Gainesville Sun. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the driver of the semi, a 2002 Freightliner, was critically injured. Her passenger was also taken to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She was seriously injured. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the 2002 Freightliner was eastbound on County Road 152 when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Another semi, a 1993 Freightliner, was heading north on CR 152. The front of the trailer hit the left side of the other truck and his rig overturned and blocked two lanes of the highway. Charges are pending, reports the FHP.

The three drivers are in our prayers. Let’s hope they pull through their injuries. Our best wishes go out to their families.

Trucking Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2007, there were 413,000 large trucks on the road and 4,584 were involved in crashes that had fatalities. An additional 101,000 injuries occurred. 62 percent of accidents that involve large trucks happen in rural areas and many of the crashes occur during the daytime. Florida had 4,566 vehicles involved in fatal crashes that year, according to NHTSA.

Trucking Law
There are many things to consider when an accident case involves a truck. A Florida accident lawyer handling truck crash cases must know interstate commerce, Department of Transportation and Florida state laws concerning the licensing, rules, and local load limits, among other things.

In this case, I would want to determine if either party had been speeding. The black box on the vehicle may reveal that. It should also be determined if the rigs were in good working order and whether the tires contributed to this accident. An accident reconstructionist needs to be hired right away, and the evidence needs to be preserved, regardless of the cause. Road engineers can lend insight into the condition of the roadway and stop signs. A consultation on an accident involving a truck is always comprehensive and free for victims and their families.