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Tractor-Trailer Accidents In Blind Spots

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Drivers of tractor-trailers have a difficult job, particularly given the large size and sluggish handling of many semi-trucks. There are many different types of accidents that can occur on Florida roads, with one of the most unpredictable being the crashes that occur while a road user is in the truck’s blind spots. While it… Read More »

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents & Negligence Per Se

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and their drivers are subject to the same laws as most of the road users in Florida, and will face the same liability as would any other road user if they cause harm to someone else. One legal theory that is less commonly used nowadays, but can still help to… Read More »

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Overweight Commercial Motor Vehicles Can Cause Accidents

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are usually trucks or other conveyances designed to carry passengers or cargo, though the definition of what specifically constitutes a CMV will vary between jurisdictions. Florida’s definition of what constitutes a CMV has specific height and weight limits for a vehicle, but the state’s roads also have their own weight… Read More »

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Tesla Sued After Autopilot Led To Tractor-Trailer Crash

By Rinaldo Law Group |

In 2019, a Delray Beach crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Tesla Model 3 occurred when the Tesla crashed into the side of the tractor-trailer, coming to a stop underneath. The widow of the Tesla driver filed suit against the car company, alleging that Tesla’s autopilot program played a role in the driver’s death…. Read More »

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Can I Get Pain & Suffering Damages After A Tractor-Trailer Accident?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

If a driver is so unlucky as to be involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, and they manage to survive the impact, it is very likely that they will have sustained serious injuries. Filing suit against the tractor-trailer driver (and, in some cases, their employer) is the next step – but it can… Read More »

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Do Company Cars Count As Commercial Motor Vehicles?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

U.S. federal law and state law define commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) very specifically, usually in terms of weight and cargo type. However, many vehicles are often excluded from the CMV classification that still qualify as commercial vehicles in other respects. One of the most common is the company car – legally, it may not… Read More »

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Comparative Negligence In Tractor-Trailer Cases

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Road accidents involving tractor-trailers can be deadly, and those that survive often have severe injuries. Most of the time, it is possible to file suit against a tractor-trailer driver if their negligence allegedly caused harm – but injured plaintiffs also have to be aware of a concept known as comparative negligence, also referred to… Read More »

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Do I Need A Police Report After A CMV Accident?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Not every road accident in Florida is reported to the relevant authorities. However, the state does require a police report in several instances, including any accident in which a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is involved. This is generally a good thing for injured plaintiffs, as it can serve a variety of purposes. A police… Read More »

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Fiery Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident On Turnpike

By Rinaldo Law Group |

In early February 2024, the driver of a tractor-trailer going south on Florida’s Turnpike lost control of their vehicle, hitting a total of seven vehicles before overturning and catching fire. Miraculously, only one person was hospitalized after the wreck, with others involved sustaining only minor injuries. All lanes of the Turnpike were closed at… Read More »

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Contributory Fault In Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Commercial motor vehicles (CMV) are involved in many different accidents on Florida roads, due to many different causes from gross negligence to bad luck. If you have been injured in an accident with a CMV, and you suspect negligence on the driver’s part (or the part of their employer), you have the right to… Read More »

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