The city of Boca Raton is located in southeastern Florida and has a population of approximately 86,400. Boca Raton is home to Florida Atlanta University, Lynn University, Digital Media Arts College and Palm Beach State College: Boca Raton. The main trucking routes running through Boca Raton are Interstate 95 (I-95) and US 1. I-95 is the main interstate highway on the east coast and the longest north-south interstate highway in the United State. I-95 runs from northern Maine to southern Florida. I-95 enters Florida in the northeast tip and travels directly south along the east coast passing through Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami where it ends. US 1 is a major north-south highway that parallels I-95 and runs from Fort Kent, Maine at the Canadian border to Key West, Florida. I-10 enters Florida in the northeastern corner and travels directly south along the east coast passing through Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Dayton Beach, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Miami and Homestead where it turns west towards Key West. Boca Raton Airport provides air services to this city.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
September 8, 2011 â€“ on I-95
The driver of a Mercury Grand Marquis was killed in an accident involving a semi-trailer driven by Victor R. Espinosa Crespo, of Miami near Deerfield, Florida. The truck, driven by Mr. Crespo, lost its left rear dual wheels, which bounced over the median into the southbound lane.Â The driver of the Mercury Grand Marquis began to slow down and was struck from behind by a Ford F-150 driven by Carl L. Mckever, which sent the Mercury into the back of an Oldsmobile.Â The Mercury burst into flames and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.Â The driver of the Oldsmobile was sent to North Broward Medical Center with minor injuries.
Regular Inspections and Maintenance: Truck drivers are required to perform pre-trip inspections before driving a tractor-trailer. When done properly, these pre-trip inspections will show if there is any problems with the tires or wheels that could lead to a â€śwheel-offâ€ť event. The truck driver should be looking for rust and other signs of moisture on the rims that would indicate that lug nuts are starting to come off. These types of events are always preventable. We have handled several wheel-off cases in the past. You can view our case results by clicking here.
Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (â€śFMCSRâ€ť), including trucking operations, driver qualifications, hours of service, maintenance of equipment, insurance, and alcohol and drug testing. Florida also has state specific regulations governing intrastate trucking companies. Intrastate trucking companies pick up and deliver loads only in the State of Florida and do not cross state lines. By statute, Florida has adopted many of the federal regulations as also being applicable to intrastate trucking companies. Under Florida law, intrastate trucking companies must have combined bodily liability and property liability (combined single limit-CSL) coverage amounts of $50,000 (26,001-34,999 lbs. gross vehicle weight), $100,000 (35,000-43,999 lbs. gross vehicle weight), or $300,000 (44,000 â€“ 80,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight), in accordance with the vehicleâ€™s weight. Vehicles with a gross weight of 10,000 lbs. or more which transport hazardous materials, as well as all for-hire interstate carriers, are required to carry $750,000 coverage. Florida also has special exemptions that apply to drivers operating commercial motor vehicles having a declared gross vehicle weight of less than 26, 0000 pounds and not transporting hazardous materials with the exception of petroleum products. Further, under Florida law, the provisions requiring covering and securing loads with an appropriate cover do not apply to vehicles carrying agricultural products locally where the speed limit is less than 65 miles per hour and the distance driven is less than 20 miles.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, you should contact a trucking attorney at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC as soon as possible to make sure that evidence is preserved and not destroyed by the trucking company. You can contact us by calling 877-591-1801 or clicking here to email us.