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FL Rules and Regulations for Intrastate Trucking

Intrastate trucking rules affect trucks that remain within the state of Florida. These include vehicles such as school buses, garbage trucks, fire trucks, dump trucks, water trucks, gas trucks, cement trucks, and other vehicles. Interstate trucks - vehicles that travel across state lines - must obey federal rules established by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Intrastate trucks must follow state laws. If you are in a truck accident in Miami, your legal claim will be affected by state laws if the truck involved in the accident was an intrastate vehicle.

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Miami, whether by a commercial interstate truck or an intrastate vehicle, you will want to consult with a local personal injury attorney. At the Flaxman Law Group legal team, our dedicated legal staff are well-versed in local resources and local laws affecting truck accidents. Call us today to find out more about your rights and options or use the website to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.

How Intrastate Rules Could Affect Your Truck Accident Claim in Miami

Although intrastate trucks are not subject to DOT regulations, many states - including Florida - adapt DOT regulations when creating their own state laws. All commercial vehicles in Florida must meet a number of rules, including rules regarding:

1) Insurance. Commercial vehicles typically need to carry more insurance than private vehicles.

2) Proper licensing. Drivers of commercial intrastate vehicles must have a valid Florida commercial driver's license. The type of license will depend on the vehicle.

3) Size. Florida commercial vehicles are regulated to be no more than 102 inches (8.5 feet) wide, 576 inches (48 feet) long and 162 inches (13.5 feet) high, although exemptions are made for emergency vehicles, farm equipment, and certain other vehicles.

4) Registration. Most intrastate commercial vehicles are required to register with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) and display their registration number clearly.

5) Inspections. Commercial trucks in Florida are expected to be correctly maintained and are subject to inspections at roadside weigh stations.

When Truck Owners Fail to Obey the Rules, Injuries Happen

When owners of commercial trucks in Florida fail to meet these and other applicable rules and laws, they can be held liable if their trucks cause an accident that results in injury. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Miami, it is important to consult with a local attorney. A personal injury attorney in Miami will be familiar with all the state rules that intrastate trucks must follow. If the truck that caused your injuries was not following these rules, your attorney can seek compensation to pay for your injuries. Pursuing a legal claim in these cases can also often compel the truck carrier to make important safety changes that can help prevent future accidents.

If you have been injured in Miami, contact the Flaxman Law Group. There is never a charge to speak with a personal injury attorney at the Flaxman Law Group. In addition, the Flaxman Law Group can handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you will not have to pay upfront for legal costs and will not have to pay until and unless the Flaxman Law Group is able to recover money on your behalf.