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Third-Party Claims After A Florida Tractor-Trailer Accident

By Rinaldo Law Group |

If a driver has been injured in a Florida tractor-trailer accident, it is very possible that they are unaware of their rights and obligations in terms of seeking compensation. An injured driver may know to try and hold the tractor-trailer’s driver liable if their injuries are severe – they may even understand that they… Read More »

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Civil And Criminal Penalties After A Tractor-Trailer Accident

By Rinaldo Law Group |

The average person knows that if they are unlucky enough to be involved in an auto accident, they must remain at the scene, offer insurance information and assist anyone who needs medical treatment. However, tractor-trailer drivers may sometimes depart the scene, either in a rush to deliver an order, or out of sheer lack… Read More »

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Vicarious Liability In Florida Tractor-Trailer Accidents

By Rinaldo Law Group |

The overwhelming majority of tractor-trailers on Florida’s roads are driven by individuals doing a job for an employer. In general, these individuals are acting “within the scope of [their] employment” when they are operating their tractor-trailers – which can, in some cases, create serious headaches for their employers. If an employee commits an unintentional… Read More »

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Crestview Man Dies After Rear-Ending Tractor-Trailer

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Tractor-trailer accidents are quite common on Florida roads, but while a majority of them can be traced back to driver error, that ‘error’ is not always the truck driver’s. In August 2022, a man from Crestview was killed when his vehicle “failed to follow” a tractor-trailer “at a distance that was reasonable,” and eventually… Read More »

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Driver Dies After Tractor-Trailer U-Turn

By Rinaldo Law Group |

In August 2022, a Hernando County man was killed in an accident with a tractor-trailer after it tried to make a U-turn on SR-50, near Hale Road in Brooksville. The tractor-trailer driver attempted to make the U-turn at a point where neither he nor the man, who was driving a sedan, properly saw each… Read More »

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Drowsy Driving Makes Tractor-Trailer Accidents More Likely

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Tractor-trailers are large vehicles with the potential to cause serious accidents if not operated properly. If there are other dangers at play, the potential for accident shoots up even further, and not much is more dangerous in terms of road behavior than driving while drowsy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that… Read More »

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Florida Jackknife Tractor-Trailer Accidents

By Rinaldo Law Group |

A tractor trailer, also known as a big rig or 18-wheeler, is a large truck with two parts (the cab and the trailer). Each year, thousands if not millions use Florida roads, most without incident – but sometimes, these large vehicles are involved in accidents with other drivers. One of the most common types… Read More »

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Do Tractor-Trailers Have Blind Spots?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Every vehicle has blind spots, even the smallest car. However, tractor-trailers have much larger blind spots than the average passenger vehicle, simply because a tractor-trailer is much larger in size. If you wind up in a truck driver’s blind spots, the odds of being involved in an accident are much higher than they would… Read More »

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Florida PIP Subrogation And The Commercial Vehicle Exception

By Rinaldo Law Group |

There are many different types of commercial motor vehicles (CVs, or CMVs) out and about on Florida roads. However, despite how many the average person might see in a given day, it is not uncommon to be confused when one examines the regulations to drive one legally (versus an ordinary car or truck). One… Read More »

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Defining Commercial Motor Vehicles In Florida

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) shows that approximately 400,000 crashes occurred on state roads in 2021, with around 3,700 fatalities. While the data does not break down to show us how many involved a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), it is appropriate to assume that CMVs played… Read More »

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