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Tractor-Trailer Tire Rupture: Who Is Liable?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

When a tractor-trailer accident occurs on Florida’s roads, it can cause major traffic problems and significant injury, both for those involved and possibly for bystanders. While every crash is different, those that happen due to mechanical failures can be among the most dangerous. Truck tire blowouts are one of the most common causes of… Read More »

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“Underride” Accident Kills 1 In Polk County

By Rinaldo Law Group |

In early March 2024, a man from Lakeland was killed when he ran a red light on New Tampa Highway in Polk County, striking a refrigerated trailer being pulled by a semi-truck. The car wound up lodging partially under the trailer, in front of the rear axles, and the driver was unfortunately pronounced deceased… Read More »

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Differences Between State & Federal Classification of Commercial Motor Vehicles

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Motor vehicles of every type share the road with little difficulty, but there are many different classes of motor vehicles, with different objectives and obligations. Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are heavily regulated, both to protect their owners’ interests and those who share the road with them. However, what many do not realize is that… Read More »

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Multi-Vehicle Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer Shuts Down I-95

By Rinaldo Law Group |

In mid-April 2024, a crash involving “multiple vehicles,” including a tractor-trailer, closed southbound I-95 around Boca Raton for hours, with multiple injuries being reported, though specifics were not disclosed to the media. Emergency personnel were present on scene, however, implying at least some degree of serious harm to the drivers involved. Tractor-trailer accident cases… Read More »

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Some Commercial Motor Vehicles Carry Passengers

By Rinaldo Law Group |

When the average person hears the term ‘commercial motor vehicle (CMV),’ they tend to think of large trucks hauling heavy loads. However, both Florida and federal regulations define a CMV as a vehicle that carries either goods or passengers, meaning that many more vehicles fall under these regulations than one might have previously thought…. Read More »

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Is Third-Party Liability Possible In Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Accidents involving tractor-trailers have the potential to cause severe injuries, or even fatalities. If a tractor-trailer driver can be proven negligent, both they and their employer may be held liable for any harm they cause to other road users. However, in some cases, it may be possible to establish liability on the part of… Read More »

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Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine In CMV Accidents

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Over time, Florida has developed a legal theory known as the dangerous instrumentality doctrine (DI doctrine), most often seen in road accident cases. This doctrine holds that if a vehicle owner expressly allows another person to operate that vehicle, they are responsible for any damages caused by that person. Florida’s courts have expressly identified… Read More »

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Explaining Florida’s Vicarious Liability Doctrine

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Normally, when a person is sued in civil court, they must accept the court’s punishment if they are found liable for causing harm. In accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), however, the driver of the vehicle in an accident may not be the only defendant facing liability under Florida law. Florida observes a common-law… Read More »

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Can I Get Punitive Damages In A Tractor-Trailer Accident Case?

By Rinaldo Law Group |

Accidents involving tractor-trailers are often very serious, being disproportionately more likely to cause serious injuries or deaths. If you are able to establish that the driver of the tractor-trailer was negligent, you may be able to recover money damages for the injuries that negligence caused. Some severely injured plaintiffs even try to recover punitive… Read More »

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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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