Florida Trucking Route I-75
Interstate 75 is includes nearly 500 miles of roadway throughout Florida. It is the longest stretch of interstate within one state east of the Mississippi River. It runs near Miami and reaches all the way up into Michigan. Although it begins near Miami, it cuts west and follows the Gulf Coast up Florida and ends up leaving Florida roughly in the middle of the state.
It passes near or through several major Florida cities including:
- Fort Myers
- Punta Gorda
- Tampa Bay (area)
- Lake City
The interstate uses a relatively consistent speed of 70 miles per hour, and is home to many major trucking routes. The combination of high speeds and larger vehicles can lead to catastrophic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident on I-75 in Florida, you should speak with an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer. A lawyer that specializes in trucking accidents can explain the unique attributes that a trucking accident may have compared to a regular vehicle accident.
The Dangers of Trucking Accidents
Usually, when you see statistics about trucks or trucking accidents, they are referring to extremely large vehicles. These vehicles are often in excess of 10,000 pounds and are significantly longer than the average car or truck. They are sometimes referred to as 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, or semi-trucks.
Truck drivers are under heavy legal requirements because of the significant size difference between their truck and the passenger cars around them. For example, 18-wheelers take up to 40 percent longer to stop than a passenger vehicle because of the size and weight difference.
Poor brakes and poor weather conditions can increase a truck’s stopping distance as well. Accidents that involve these large trucks are also roughly 25 percent more likely to involve fatalities.
Heavier Trucks, Heavier Burdens
As a result of these issues, truck drivers face significant regulation at both the national and state levels. Failure to follow these guidelines and state standards often result in fines, license revocation, and other penalties.
Some of the regulations that truck drivers face include:
- Size and weight restrictions
- Restricted driving in certain areas, particularly on city or county roads
- Restricted driving at specific times, such as evening, dusk, or dawn, for trucks that are over certain height and weight limitations
- Restrictions on the number of hours or number of days that a single driver can be on the road
- Restrictions on distracted driving (texting, phone calls, using in-truck navigation systems)
- Requiring certain safety features on or in the truck
- Lowered speed limits in some areas
- Special licensing requirements
- Drug and alcohol testing (this requirement is increased for truck drivers in many situations)
- Maintenance requirements
All of the interstates across the United States, including I-75, require truck drivers to follow federal laws regarding the safe operation of their vehicles.
Get Back on the Road After a Truck Accident with a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
Federal and state governments recognize the unique safety risks that semi-trucks impose, but they may not be as apparent to the average driver. Trucking insurance companies deal with accidents every day, and they recognize that the average passenger vehicle driver does not know about all of these regulations that truck drivers must follow. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you will need to consider the special liability rules that affect truck drivers.
An experienced West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer can help you determine whether you have a legal case worth pursuing after an accident…and even help you get back on the road. Give the professionals at Fetterman & Associates a call or use our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation. You have nothing to lose, but you may have a lot to gain. Call 561-316-2746 today for more information.