The highways in Florida are filled with a lot of drivers from out of state who are on vacation and other drivers who are speeding to work while they’re talking or texting on the cell phone. In addition to the congested highways, drivers are often distracted by texts or talking on their cell phone. Truck drivers are often in a hurry to get to their next destination with a limited amount of sleep or poor truck maintenance. Truck and Semi-Truck Accident Laws in South Florida have various guidelines that must be followed or a driver could be charged with a felony in addition to the damages they caused during the accident.
What Should Happen Immediately Following An Accident?
Basic information should be exchanged between the drivers, including their name, address, telephone number, and insurance information. The law requires a driver to provide reasonable assistance to anyone who is injured in the accident. If an individual is unable to provide their information due to their injuries, the other party must immediately report the accident to the nearest law enforcement office.
What Can Happen If Someone Fails To Offer Assistance Or Call The Police?
If a driver does not offer the assistance to an injured individual in an accident, they could be charged with a third-degree felony. If there are serious injuries involved and an individual leaves the scene of the accident, they could be charged with a second-degree felony. A conviction of a felony will remain on the individual’s criminal record for the rest of their life.
After any type of commercial vehicle accident, law enforcement is required to provide a written crash report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or any accident that involves the death of an individual. Even if an individual isn’t injured in a commercial truck accident, law enforcement will still have to submit a written report and should be contacted immediately.
When an individual has been involved in a tractor trailer or semi-truck accident, they should contact the police immediately. If an individual has been injured or their injuries resulted in their death, a personal injury lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible.