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Florida Auto Accidents that Involve Semi-Trucks

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Introduction

Vehicle accidents happen every single day. Part of the transportation of goods from coast to coast involves large semi-trucks that carry the loads from the manufacturers to the product distributors. 

If you have been involved in an automobile crash involving a semi-truck, then there is a different set of protocols from a standard car-on-car accident. If an attorney treats an accident involving a semi-truck like a common car accident, it may be considered legal malpractice.

In a semi-truck accident involving a large manufacturer or distributor, the evidence, expert testimony, and standard of treatment for the case are entirely different from a private citizen vehicle accident. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations handbook is the general guiding handbook for motor vehicles used as a courier or carrier service. Generally, 49 CFR 390 and 391 revolve around key parts of general applicability and the driver qualifications that a driver must have to be behind the wheel of a semi-truck. 

The technical regulations dictate what a driver should know prior to employment as a carrier for a manufacturer or a distributor (Parts 383, 392, and 395). The sections dealing with equipment, inspection, maintenance, and repair also provide specific guidelines to truckers and drivers of semi-truck vehicles. If just one of these guidelines has not been followed by the semi-truck driver that causes your accident, then a negligence action may be brought against the carrier service (Parts 393, 396).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has an easy interpretation browser to aid searchers or persons interested in seeking out a specific section of the handbook for interpretation of usage. These regulations may be challenging to navigate without a professional attorney who has experience obtaining results from these types of accidents.

If a semi-truck has injured you or a loved one in an accident, please call us at the Orlando Accident Attorney at 407-706-3909.

Sources:

“Large Bus and Truck Crash Facts.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, October 21, 2021. Accessed February 3rd, 2022. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts