Every 3 minutes, a person is injured or killed due to a trucking accident. The state of Florida has been among the top 5 states in the U.S. with the most truck accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 45,637 total truck accident fatalities in the U.S. in 2012. 3,428 were just in Florida alone!
The average passenger vehicle weighs 3,000 pounds while a commercial truck can easily weigh twenty-five times that amount. Thus, impact between the two motor vehicles can often result in common but serious injuries such as burns, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain damage, broken bones, paralysis, lost limbs, and death.
However, perhaps the more significant result of a trucking accident is what happens after the crash. Confronted with injury and loss of wages, a victim of a trucking accident can soon face a great and devastating struggle to pay their bills, feed their family, or complete their daily activities. Fortunately, you have a right to seek financial compensation for your damages.
Florida Truck Accident Law Firm
As we have depicted on this page, truck accidents can change lives forever. If you or a loved one has suffered as a victim of a truck accident, there is much that we can do to help you pursue a just resolution to your case. At Rue & Ziffra, we have represented truck accident victims for over 30 years and have worked to get you the full and fair results for your injuries, losses, and suffering. If the tragic physical, financial, and emotional consequences of a truck crash have devastated you or your family, attorneys at Rue & Ziffra can help you understand your rights, sort out your options, and pursue justice.
With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we are your local law firm that you can rely on. We are here for you every day, 24 hours per day. We are your compassionate and knowledgeable team that can get you the compensation you deserve. Call us right now at 1-800-526-4711 and tell us about your situation. We provide a free case review so there is nothing to lose.
Different Types of Truck Accidents have different types of situations and liabilities based on the type of truck involved in the accident. Learn about each of these different types of truck accidents, liabilities and insurance requirements in Florida.
Interstate and intrastate trucks are governed by different sets of laws. Interstate traffic involves commercial carriers and vehicles that travel between states. This includes highway trucks, logging trucks, department store big rigs, United Postal Service trucks, FEDEX trucks and private charters like Greyhound buses.
Interstate trucks are regulated by the Department of Transportation and are covered by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. To see a complete list of federal highway rules and regulations, please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation website.
Intrastate traffic involves commercial carriers that are working and delivering goods within a single state. This includes school buses, fire trucks, garbage trucks, public transportation buses and vans, dump trucks, gas trucks, cement trucks and water trucks.
Intrastate trucks and buses are not regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), but by state laws. This means, if you are hit by a negligent school bus driver, your case for recovery will be subject by the laws of the state where the accident occurred.
Although intrastate trucks do not have to follow DOT regulations, a state can adopt certain rules into its own laws and statutes. For instance, the State of Florida has adopted numerous DOT regulations into its state laws, so intrastate truck drivers and companies will still be held against certain regulations if found to be negligent for causing an accident.