Sarasota, FL

The city of Sarasota is located on southwestern coast of Florida and has population of approximately 52,600. Sarasota is the county seat of Sarasota County and is home to New College of Florida and Webster University. Interstate 75 (I-75) and US 41 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, Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Hialeah before ending in Miami. US 41 travels southwest in Florida passing through Lake City, Gulfport, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota before turning southeast and passing through Cape Coral and Naples before ending in Miami. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

April 27, 2011 – Intersection of SR-29 and Jim Kulczy Road

Two Hendry County EMTs were injured at 8:30 p.m. when their ambulance collided with a tractor-trailer in Hendrey County, Florida. The EMTs were airlifted to the hospital with injuries. Tractor-trailers, like all vehicles, must yield the right of way to emergency vehicles.

Yielding the Right of Way: Because of the size of the tractor-trailer, the truck driver must use extreme care in looking out for emergency vehicles and staying out of their path. For the truck driver, an emergency vehicle is  a potential hazard, and the truck driver must always have a plan for avoiding a collision with an emergency vehicle. We have handled cases in the past involving emergency vehicles, and you can look at our past 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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