Truck Accident Attorneys

St. Augustine, FL

The city of St. Augustine is located in northeastern Florida and has a population of 12,300. St. Augustine is the county seat of St. Johns County and home to Flagler College and St. Johns River Community College. The main trucking routes running through this city are Interstate 95 (I-95) and US 1. 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, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, 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, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami and Homestead where it turns west towards Key West. Northeast Florida Regional Airport provides air services to this city.


Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

May 11, 2011 – Southbound on Ryan Road

Tyler Allen Martin, 18, from St. Augustine, was riding his bicycle around 12:30 p.m. when he was stuck by a Coomes Oil Company commercial vehicle at the intersection with CR 214 in St. Augustine, Florida. The commercial truck that struck the bicyclist is being inspected by the Florida Motor Carrier Compliance officers for any violations of safety regulations.

Trucks & Bicycle Accidents: Truck drivers are trained to watch out for bicycles 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 bicycle 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 bicycle without the truck driver feeling the impact. The impact will usually have devastating results as the bicyclist is struck and thrown to the ground. We have handled a number of truck-on-bicycle 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.