The city of West Palm Beach, also known as West Palm, is located in southeastern Florida and has a population of approximately 99,500. West Palm is the largest and most populous city in Palm Beach County, as well as the county seat. West Palm is home to South University, Lincoln College of Technology, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Atlanta University and Northwood University. Interstate 95 (I-95) and US 1 are the main trucking routes that run through this city. 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, Saint 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, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami and Homestead where it turns west towards Key West. Palm Beach International Airport provides air services to this city.
Recent Truck Accidents in the Area
May 6, 2011 – Northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike just north of Bridge Road
A car collided with a tractor-trailer around 3 a.m. in Hobe Sound, Florida. One person was killed in the crash. No information about the victim has been released. The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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 highway. 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.
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.
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.