One of the biggest differences between car and semi-truck accidents is the sheer amount of evidence that needs to be gathered in trucking cases.
Today’s trucks are equipped with a tremendous amount of technology, from black boxes that record speed, braking, etc., to GPS devices and devices that can prove truck driver fatigue. Other types of data are subject to the trucking companies’ internal record retention policies.
Truck accident cases deal extensively with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). Before a truck can move goods between states, it must obtain a USDOT number and operating authority. By doing so, the trucking company agrees to comply with the FMCSRs. FMCSR regulates everything from driver qualifications, to hours of service and insurance coverage — something regular passenger vehicle accidents do not involve.
Florida accidents are also subject to the rules and regulations of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Florida Statutes, Section 316.302 and Section 316.70, contain Florida’s safety requirements that apply to the operation of commercial vehicles on the public highways of the state. They list weight, load and safety requirements.
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