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Cell phone use restricted for many commercial drivers

Any distracted driver on Tampa's roads and nearby highways is a danger to other motorists. After all, a lot can happen even during those two seconds a driver takes to make that one phone call or send that one text, and if the driver misses something, they can cause a serious accident for which they are responsible.

Suing the State of Florida or one of its agents or subdivisions

Traditionally, the State of Florida could not be sued for the actions or omissions of its employees, including those who operate commercial vehicles on behalf of the state government. This traditional rule applies also to all government agencies and subdivisions, such as cities and counties.

Feds release report on Florida autonomous vehicle accident

A commercial vehicle accident in Florida attracted national attention, since the crash involved a so-called "autonomous" vehicle. Federal authorities actually investigated the cause of the accident and determined that the automated system bore some, but not all, of the fault for the crash. The accident involved an autonomous car crashing in to a large truck.

We will help you hold a fatigued trucker accountable

Previous posts on this blog have discussed the serious danger that fatigued driving poses and have also talked about how many truckers must follow detailed rules about how long they have to rest after being on the road for several hours.

How much liability insurance must a bus company carry?

The owners and drivers of busses and other large commercial vehicles that transport passengers locally in Tampa, through Florida and to other states all take on a huge responsibility. After all, as with other forms of mass transportation, the passengers of these busses have to trust that their driver will get them to their destination safely.

What are the signs of truck driver fatigue?

A previous post on this blog talked about how, for truckers and other commercial vehicle firms that are subject to them, federal regulations attempt to prevent driver fatigue among commercial operators by imposing specific requirements on how long a driver can be on the road before stopping to take an extended rest.

The federal Hours of Service rules protect Floridians

Those who live in the Tampa area probably recognize to some degree the inherent dangers of a bus driver or truck driver trying to operate their large vehicles on little or poor quality sleep. After all, in the most serious cases, a driver who is too fatigued to be operating a vehicle may exhibit same symptoms as would a drunk driver or a driver who is on drugs.

Legal resources are available to victims of commercial accidents

Commercial vehicle accidents can include accidents involving semi-trucks, work trucks, delivery trucks, vans, company cars, construction vehicles, buses and even taxis. Because of the size and weight disparity of commercial vehicles and the vehicles they share the roadway with, victims of commercial vehicle accidents can suffer severe injuries, including brain damage, paralysis and spinal cord injuries, among other types of injuries.

Florida bus accident injures two victims and kills another

Because of the difference in size between buses and other vehicles, accidents involving buses often cause catastrophic injuries to those involved. Victims of bus accidents and their loved ones have important legal rights that they should be aware of. In a neighboring community just north of the Tampa area, a bus accident recently injured two people and killed another. The bus was transporting a college baseball team at the time of the accident. The 69-year-old driver of the bus failed to slow down as the lanes on the interstate began merging, resulting in the bus accident.

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