Tractor Trailer Accidents
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Much of the Department of Transportation is responsible for overseeing the safety and production of large loads, including tractor trailers across the interstate highways. To ensure the policies are being evenly enforced among all companies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) were created as a uniform set of guidelines that could be published and regulated throughout the nation. One of the most beneficial and responsible regulations established through the FMCSRs is the requirement for a minimum insurance coverage of $750,000 per vehicle and driver. In addition to the FMCSRs, Florida introduced a special law to protect motorists who were injured as the result of a large truck or tractor trailer accident.
The Dangerous Instrumentality doctrine provides additional protection by potentially holding specific parties liable for damage, injury, even passenger death after a tractor trailer accident. The driver of a tractor trailer or large truck may be an independent contractor who owns their own truck or may be working for a corporate trucking company or contracted to haul for a specific agency. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and extent of the injuries, any one or all of these parties could be found liable to pay for damages, medical expenses, and other expenses for the injured parties.
Understanding the various aspects of the law can be confusing, especially for drivers that have just been involved in an auto accident in Florida. Car accidents and tractor trailer accidents are very different and must be handled according to their unique aspects. Attorneys specializing in personal injury and tractor trailer liability are adept at explaining current regulations to their clients. Since they consistently continue their education and increase their expertise in these areas, attorneys can easily describe options to their clients and clearly explain their rights.
Due to the complexity of the law and the time sensitive nature of vehicle accidents, anyone involved in an accident with a tractor trailer could benefit from an experienced attorney. It is important to act quickly so that all options can be reviewed and the appropriate authorities and other parties can be contacted to gather information, evidence, and other relevant documentation related to the case.