Trucking Accidents

Fatal big-rig accident in DeFuniak Springs, FL

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A passenger, 45-year old man, riding along in a tractor-trailer recently died when the driver lost control on Interstate 10 while making a turn.  As the truck started to veer off the highway, the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to overturn and crash into a tree. The passenger died at the scene.  The accident is under…

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Florida’s new truck law

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Effective July, 2010, Florida has a new truck law allowing commercial trucks to carry 8,000 more pounds of cargo.  Trucks can now weigh as much as 88,000 pounds.  The U.S. Department of Transportation did a study that showed adding this much more weight can make a truck more difficult to control. Some are saying that…

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Big-rig rolls over on train tracks

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Did you hear about the recent big-rig truck, that rolled over on the train tracks at Port Everglades?  A truck driver, age 33, was driving the truck that was full of yarn.  He apparently lost control and the truck overturned on the Florida East Coast railroad tracks. A Hazmat crew was called when officers discovered a…

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Big-rig road information

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At any given moment, the roadways in Florida are filled with big-rigs delivering their cargo across the state or to another state – they are common to all of us.   These trucks can be deadly.  Many drivers do not pay attention to their surroundings; some are on the phone or singing along with the radio.…

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Federal trucking regulations

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Just as a reminder, a trucking company and driver are responsible for making sure the truck driven is in good condition and all parts are working correctly. Federal Trucking Regulation 49 C.F.R. § 396 applies to commercial trucks that carry more than 15 people, transport hazardous cargo and/or weigh more than 10,000 pounds.  In part,…

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Causes of big-rig accidents

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Statistics show that the State of Florida has about 3,000 big-rig accidents each year.  Reasons include driver fatigue, following too closely, speeding, failure to stay in one lane and not paying attention to vehicles on the road.  An accident with a truck this size can lead to serious injury and sometimes death. Other reasons for…

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