Jacksonville, FL

The city of Jacksonville is located in northeastern and has a population of approximately 735,600 making it the largest city in Florida. Jacksonville is the county seat of Duval County. Jacksonville is home to Edward Waters College, Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Trinity Baptist College, University of North Florida and Virginia College. The main trucking routes running through Jacksonville are Interstate 10 (I-10), Interstate 95 (I-95) US 1 and US 17. I-10 is the fourth longest interstate highway in the United States running from southern California to Jacksonville, Florida. I-10 enters Florida in the northwestern corner and travels directly east passing through Crestview, Tallahassee and Lake City before entering Jacksonville and ending. 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. US 17 is a north-south highway that runs from Virginia to Punta Gorda, Florida. US 17 enters Florida in the northeast and travels southwest across the state passing through Jacksonville, Palatka, De Land, Haines City and Bartow before ending in Punta Gorda. Jacksonville International Airport provides air services to this city.


Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 6, 2011 – Interstate 95

Ryan Shannon Breen Fortin, 27, of Edgewater, Florida was killed when  the moving van he was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Brunswick, Georgia. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Joseph Alston, 56, of Columbia, South Carolina was not injured. Both vehicles were traveling northbound, and Alston’s truck was traveling at a low speed when the moving van ran into the rear of it.

Slow Moving Tractor-Trailer: Tractor-trailers are especially hazardous when driven at low speeds on the interstate. It is difficult for drivers to appreciate the speed differential on the interstates, and the approaching driver assumes that the tractor-trailer is driving at roadway speeds.  The end result is that the approaching driver does not realize the tractor trailer is moving slowly until it is too late to avoid a rear-end collision. Truck drivers are trained to warn other vehicles with hazard lights if their vehicle is moving slowly or to pull off onto the side of the road until the mechanical problem that is slowing down the vehicle is repaired. We have handled several collisions involving slow moving vehicles. You can view our case results by clicking here.


June 2, 2011 – U.S. 1 south

Truck driver Richard Lain, 52, of Jacksonville, Florida was severely burned as a result of a collision between his tractor-trailer and a tractor-trailer driven by George Hardy in Waycross, Georgia. Smoke from a nearby forest fire may have contributed to limited vision in the area. The  cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Truck-on-Truck Accidents: Truck-on-truck accidents are common. On any major trucking route, there are numerous tractor-trailers within a close proximity of each other. If a truck driver makes an error in judgment and loses control of his tractor-trailer, it is difficult for other tractor-trailers to move quickly to avoid the runaway vehicle. It is imperative that truck drivers keep a diligent lookout for stopped traffic ahead of them and manage space around them to keep their vehicle under control, especially in areas of high truck traffic. Unfortunately, truck-on-truck accidents often result in fatalities or catastrophic injuries because of the size and velocity of these vehicles.

Limited Visability: Truck drivers are required by federal regulations to use extreme care when visibility is limited by fog or smoke. If visibility is so restricted by adverse weather conditions that the truck cannot be driven safely, the truck driver is required to pull over and stop his vehicle until the conditions have cleared. Bad weather and poor visibility collisions are easily preventable if the truck driver follows these basic rules and adjusts his speed to the conditions. However, truck drivers all too often fail to recognize the problem until it is too late. We have handled a number of truck on truck accidents and several bad weather collisions. You can view our case results by clicking here.


April 22, 2011 – Interstate 55 northbound in Lincoln County, Mississippi

The driver of an SUV was injured when he collided with an overturned tractor-trailer. The collision happened at mile marker 25 at the construction zone where the highway was reduced from a two-lane to a single lane highway. Truck drivers are required to reduce their speed for hazards in the roadway and for construction zones. A truck driver must maintain a safe speed and distance from other vehicles to avoid having to brake suddenly and to keep his vehicle from jackknifing.
Jackknifing: A tractor-trailer will jackknife when the trailer off-tracks and swings out. This occurs in sudden braking situations, which cause the vehicle to lose control and oftentimes to overturn. We have handled a number of cases involving jackknifing tractor-trailers, and 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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