Florida Truck Accident
Who Is At Fault?
In Florida, accidents involving trucks are covered under both state and federal law, in addition to commercial trucking regulations. These factors can complicate investigations into who is at fault.
Florida Insurance Regulations
Florida state law as well as agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulate the activities of truck drivers for both in-state and interstate traffic. Insurance regulations also apply: federal regulations stipulate that truck drivers who are conducting interstate commerce that crosses state lines must be insured for at least $750,000 to cover property damage and injury, with higher amounts required for trucks carrying hazardous materials. Florida also requires that truckers carry at least $750,000 insurance and stipulates up to $5,000,000 in insurance for hazardous material cargos.
If You Are Involved in a Trucking Accident
The first step in resolving a Florida truck accident is contacting an experienced attorney. A Florida truck accident lawyer who is well-versed in insurance and regulatory issues can help navigate confusing rules, such as state statutes of limitation, interstate issues, and the ins and outs of trucking insurance. The attorney will know how to best conduct an investigation into a truck accident and can help uncover factors such as alcohol or drug use, traffic conditions, and driver fatigue.
An attorney with experience handling truck accident cases will know how to negotiate between the many parties involved, including insurance companies, cargo owners, the other driver, manufacturers, and the other parties. Your Florida truck accident lawyer can help you decide on a legal strategy as you pursue compensation for your damages.
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