Orlando, FL

The city of Orlando is located in central Florida and has a population of approximately 235,800 making it the fifth largest city in the state. Orlando is the county seat of Orange County. Orlando is home to University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College. Interstate 4 (I-4) is the main trucking route that runs through this city. I-4 is Orlando’s primary interstate highway. Orlando is the second-largest city served by one interstate and is the largest metropolitan area in the US serviced by a single interstate. The interstate begins in Tampa, Florida and travels northeast across the mid-section of the state directly through Orlando ending in Daytona Beach. As a key connector to Orlando’s suburbs, downtown, area attractions, and both coasts, I-4 commonly experiences heavy traffic and congestion. I-4 is also known as State Road 400. Orlando International Airport provides air services to Orlando.


Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

June 5, 2011 – State Road 528

A 55-year-old taxi cab passenger was killed when a taxi operated by 39-year-old taxi driver Fleurinat Estephene was hit by a dump truck operated by 49-year-old truck driver Edwin Canales around 1:55 a.m. Monday morning in Orlando, Florida near the Orlando International airport. The cause of accident is still under investigation.

Smith System of Defensive Driving: Truck drivers must be diligent in their lookout for vehicles around them. Because of the size and velocity of a tractor-trailer, even a low speed collision with a passenger vehicle can have devastating results. Truck drivers are taught to use the Smith System of Defensive Driving. The Smith System cautions the truck driver to be aware of traffic around them and to always have an escape route in mind for all traffic on the roadways. Truck drivers are professional drivers and are held to a higher standard of care than a regular driver like you and me. We have handled numerous collisions involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles. You can see our case results by clicking here.

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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