Interstate Truck Insurance Liability

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Feb 19, 2013 in Truck Accidents


When a truck accident occurs, truck insurance liability plays an essential role in determining where the costs will fall. When an accident victim is looking to recover fair compensation for their losses suffered during a Florida truck collision, identifying negligence and at-fault parties will often be based upon whether or not the truck was operating either intrastate or interstate.

Commercial vehicles laws and regulations vary significantly based on interstate or intrastate travel and as a result, speaking with an experienced attorney is imperative when making a claim following a truck accident in the state of Florida. In fact, the laws and regulations even vary based upon the type of truck involved in the crash. Therefore, consulting with a professional legal counsel will prove to be an important factor in the events that follow the collision.

Gordon & Doner has represented Florida residents facing motor vehicle accident cases for many, many years. In this time, our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer s have pinpointed just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. Utilizing a set of expert resources, our knowledgeable legal staff is prepared to take on your case today. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

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Interstate Truck Laws

When a commercial vehicle is traveling between states, interstate laws and regulations apply in the event of a collision, as well as in terms of truck insurance liability. Interstate trucks laws are regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), as covered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlined rules and regulations.

There are a number of different commercial vehicles that fall under the interstate truck category and are subject to truck insurance liability as applicable by the DOT and the FMCSA. The following are some of the most commonly seen types of interstate trucks:

  • FedEx Trucks

  • UPS Trucks

  • Highway Trucks

  • Logging Trucks

  • Department Store Semi-Trailers

  • Private Charter Buses, such as Greyhound

Due to that fact that these commercial vehicles are often traveling in between states, they are labeled as interstate trucks. The FMCSA oversees the laws that apply to these vehicles. Some of the most important guidelines are in regard to company, vehicle, driver, and hazmat regulations. This body of laws plays an essential role when a crash does occur, as determining truck insurance liability is far more difficult than many Florida motorists believe.

Gordon & Doner has spent years learning and studying the ins and outs of truck liability, trucking laws, and how these come together in the event of a truck accident. If you or a loved one has been injured during a truck crash, it is imperative to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer . With years of dedication to the Florida community, we share a compassion that translates in the courtroom.

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Intrastate Truck Laws

Intrastate truck regulations apply to those commercial vehicles traveling within a single state. These vehicles may transport cargo, occupants, or many other materials, but must remain within the single state in which the vehicle is registered and maintains insurance. When a truck accident occurs, these elements will play a large factor in truck insurance liability determination.

Florida laws apply to intrastate travel by both trucks and buses. The following are some of the most common types of intrastate vehicles:

  • Fire Trucks

  • Garbage Trucks

  • Dump Trucks

  • School Buses

  • Armored Trucks

  • Water Trucks

  • Cement Trucks

  • Gas Trucks

  • Public Transportation (buses and vans)

Intrastate truck laws are not regulated by the Department of Transportation. While Florida state laws apply to accidents involving intrastate travel, Florida has adopted many of the rules and regulations outlined by the DOT guidelines. Therefore, when a negligent truck driver causes a collision, truck insurance liability may pull from DOT regulations as opposed to strictly Florida law.

If you or a loved one has suffered from any injury following a truck accident, Gordon & Doner is prepared to take on your case today. With a combination of experience, legal knowledge, and compassion, we provide the most sought after legal services in the state of Florida.

Contact an Experienced Florida Truck Insurance Liability Lawyer

With offices located in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Pembroke Pines, Gordon & Doner has happily provided professional legal services to Florida residents for many, many years. During this time, our personal injury attorneys have come to understand just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. Our goal is to get to know both you and your case prior to getting started. This way, you are able to focus on recovery while our legal staff concentrates on your case.

When the negligence of a truck driver causes injury or harm to you or your loved ones, they must pay to help you to recover your losses. Truck companies often fight tirelessly to protect their drivers. Therefore, hiring a qualified, experienced, knowledgeable legal team is essential.

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