Gainesville, FL

The city of Gainesville is located in north-central Florida and has a population of approximately 95,500. Gainesville is the largest city in Alachua County, as well as the county seat. Gainesville is home to Santa Fe College and the University of Florida, which is one of the largest universities in the United States. Interstate 75 (I-75) and US 27 are the main trucking routes that run through this city. I-75 is a major north-south interstate that runs from Michigan to Miami, Florida. I-75 enters Florida in the north-central part of the state and runs directly south until the middle of the state and then travels southwest along the west coast of the state until it reaches Naples and veers directly east straight across the state to Fort Lauderdale. I-75 passes through Gainesville, Lake City, Tampa, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale before ending in Miami. US 27 is a north-south highway that runs from Indiana to Miami, Florida. US 27 enters Florida in the north-central part of the states and travels southeast through Gainesville, Leesburg and Haines City before entering into Miami and ending. Gainesville Regional Airport provides air services to the city of Gainesville.

 

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

May 11, 2011 – Interstate 75

An unidentified woman was hit by a tractor-trailer when she stepped out of her parked vehicle near Ocala, Florida. The collision happened about 10:15 a.m. on the northbound side of the interstate. The injured woman was in critical condition and was taken to Gainesville Hospital.

Truck-on-Pedestrian Accidents: Truck drivers are trained to watch out for pedestrians in and around the roadway because of the hazards that trailers pose to people near the roadway. A trailer can swing out and strike a pedestrian if a truck driver is not careful to keep a sufficient distance from the shoulder of the road. Because of the size and weight of a trailer, it is possible to sideswipe a pedestrian without the truck driver feeling the impact. We have handled a number of truck-on-pedestrian accidents. You can see our case results by clicking here.


Florida Law

Interstate trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), 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 – 80,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight), in accordance with the vehicle’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.

Contact Us

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.

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