Lakeland, FL

The city of Lakeland is located in central Florida and has a population of approximately 78,500. Lakeland is home to Florida Southern College and Southeastern University. The main trucking route running through this city is Interstate 4 (I-4). I-4 is an interstate that only runs through Florida. This interstate runs west to east across central Florida connected Interstate 74, which runs along the west coast, and Interstate 95, which runs along the east coast. I-4 passes through Plant City, Lakeland and Orlando. Lakeland Lindler Regional Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

September 20, 2011 – Interstate 4 (I-4)

The driver of a Buick sedan was injured in an automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer driving on behalf of Sunstate Carriers in Lakeland, Florida. The driver of the tractor-trailer became distracted and rear-ended the Buick. Then the tractor-trailer drove off of the road, over-corrected, crossed over the median, struck a Publix tractor-trailer and over-turned.

Distracted Driving: Truck drivers are taught to avoid any type of distractions while driving. Truck driver distractions can include eating and drinking, using a cell phone, using an on-board computer system or even watching television. When a truck driver is distracted, he is deprived of precious seconds that can be used to recognize a hazard and avoid a potential collision. A majority of trucking accidents involve either truck driver fatigue or truck driver distraction. Trucking companies should have strict policies and procedures against engaging in any activities that can lead to truck driver distraction. We have handled cases involving distractions ranging from watching pornographic movies while driving to routine cell phone use and texting. 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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