St. Petersburg, FL

The city of St. Petersburg is located in west-central Florida on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and has a population of approximately 248,100 making it the fourth largest city in the state. St. Petersburg is home to Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. The main trucking routes running through this city are Interstate 275 (I-275) and US 41. I-275 serves the Tampa Bay metropolitan area branching off of Interstate 75 (I-75) in Tampa and running west along the coast passing through Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Gulfport before converging with I-75 in Palmetto. US 41 travels southwest in Florida passing through Lake City, Gulfport, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota before turning southeast and passing through Cape Coral and Naples before ending in Miami. St. Petersburg/Clear Water International Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

September 6, 2011 – State Road 70

Four people were injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer in Manatee, Florida.  The truck driver was westbound in the right lane when he swung wide to turn north on Third Street West.  When he made his wide turn, a man driving a 1992 Buick in the left lane of State Route 70 veered to avoid the trailer and struck a Dodge Durango. The driver and passenger in the Buick and the driver and the passenger in the Durango were all hospitalized in serious condition.  The truck driver was cited by Florida Highway Patrol for improper lane change, and the driver of the Buick was cited for careless driving.

Monitoring Trailer Placement: Truck drivers are trained to recognize that their trailer may swing wide when making a turn. There are specific turning procedures that keep the trailer from leaving the lane of travel and causing an accident. Anytime a truck driver makes a turn, he has the responsibility of making sure he follows the correct turning procedures and insuring that his trailer does not swing into another lane of travel. We have handled a number of trailer-swing-out cases. 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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