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Commercial vehicle accidents can be complex in Florida

When a commercial vehicle is involved in a traffic accident, matters can be more complicated than in crashes between passenger vehicles. This is because commercial vehicles may be regulated by overlapping state and federal laws. Thus, when a commercial vehicle accident occurs in Florida, the investigation could involve local and state authorities, as well as federal agencies like the National Transportation Safety Board.

What is a common carrier and what if I am injured by one?


Victims may suffer serious injuries and harm in a bus accident or other commercial vehicle accident. Buses, and some other forms of public transportation, such as trains, planes and taxis, are referred to as "common carriers." Common carriers transport goods and individuals and are subject to certain requirements and liability, such as in a bus accident.

Filing a claim after getting hurt by a speeding truck driver


A previous post on this blog talked about the dangers speeding truck drivers present to other motorists in the Hillsborough and other parts of the Tampa area. Not only do drivers who speed have less of a chance of being able to stop for an accident, but, should they get in to a wreck, the momentum of their speeding truck is far more likely to cause serious damage to whatever, or whomever, it hits.

How we can help passengers, other drivers after an Uber wreck


A previous post on this blog explained the legal options for those affected by accidents involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Basically, both passengers and other motorists in the greater Tampa area can suffer serious injuries because of a negligent driver who is operating as a contractor for Uber or Lyft, and these victims both need and deserve compensation for their losses.

Getting compensation after an Uber of Lyft accident


Like residents of other major cities, residents of Hillsborough and other parts of the greater Tampa area are now able to secure a ride through a transportation network company like Uber and Lyft. Supposedly, this system is just as effective, if not better than, a traditional cab and also may cost quite a bit less.

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.

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