There are federal and state rules that concern commercial truckers. When trucks cross state lines they are governed by federal rules. Trucks that remain within the state of Florida are known as intrastate trucks and must obey specific Florida rules. When truck drivers and companies fail to follow these rules, serious trucking accidents and injuries are the common result.
Charles Flaxman and the attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have handled thousands of trucking accident and personal injury cases that have resulted from people breaking the rules or being reckless with other people’s safety. If you believe that a driver has violated federal or state rules and this has resulted in your accident, contact Flaxman Law Group today to arrange for a free case evaluation.Understanding Intrastate Trucking in Hollywood
Trucks that operate only in Hollywood or only in the state of Florida must obey state rules. Trucks that usually fall under these rules include:
- Fire Trucks
- School Buses
- Garbage Trucks
- Cement Trucks
- Dump Trucks
- Some Commercial Trucks
In some cases, intrastate trucks are owned by private companies rather than by large motor carriers.What State Rules Apply to these intrastate Trucks in Hollywood?
An intrastate truck must abide by specific state laws, including:
- Registering the truck in Florida
- Securing enough insurance for the truck and its cargo
- Having a correctly licensed driver available for the truck
- Meeting size and cargo weight requirements for the truck
- Allowing for the needed inspections of the truck
- Not allowing truck drivers to text while driving
Unfortunately, motor carriers, companies, and drivers sometimes have a financial incentive for breaking state rules and regulations. It may be less expensive to have a driver work for longer hours than is allowed by law, for example, or it may be less costly to send oversize or overweight trucks rather than hiring two separate trucks and drivers.
There is no excuse for breaking the rules that are designed to keep everyone safe, however, when truck drivers and companies violate the rules intended to keep you safe and they cause an accident, you do have the right under Florida law to seek compensation for your injuries.
Have you been seriously injured in a traffic accident? The Hollywood offices as well as the Homestead and Miami offices of Flaxman Law Group are standing by to help. The full service law firm of Flaxman Law Group has handled thousands of personal injury cases and truck accident cases and works with a team of professional investigators and other experts who could help you build a strong case.
Even if you're not sure whether you want to pursue a legal claim, it is advisable to get good legal advice about your situation before you accept any insurance offer or make any final decisions in your case. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group can help you review your options and can help you understand the likely total cost of your injuries so that you are in a better, more informed position to make a decision about any insurance offers. Your initial consultation with Flaxman Law Group is free and comes with absolutely no obligation, so you lose nothing by contacting us to discuss the specifics of your case.