Miami, FL

The city of Miami is located in southeastern Florida and has a population of approximately 433,100 making it the second largest city in the state and the forty-second largest city in the United States. Miami is the county seat of Miami-Dade county, which is the most populous county in Florida and the ninth most populous county in the United States. Miami is home to Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, St. Thomas University and the University of Miami. Interstate 75 (I-75), Interstate 95 (I-95), US 1 and US 41 are the main trucking routes that travel into 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. 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. US 1 enters Florida in the northeastern corner and travels directly south along the east coast passing through Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Miami and Homestead where it turns west towards Key West. US 41 travels southwest in Florida passing through Lake City, Tampa and Sarasota before turning southeast and passing through Cape Coral and Naples before ending in Miami. Miami International Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

September 8, 2011 – 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.  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.  The Mercury burst into flames and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  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 “wheel-off” 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.

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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