Tampa, FL

The city of Tampa is located in west-central Florida and has a population of approximately 343,900 making it the third largest city in the state. Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County. Tampa is home to Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. The main trucking routes running through this city are Interstate 75 (I-75) and US 41. 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. 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. Tampa International Airport provides air services to this city.

Recent Truck Accidents in the Area

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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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