Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer
Personal Injury Lawyer Handling All Types of Truck Accident and Injury
Cases in ft. Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: If you have been injured in a truck accident
due to a truck’s lack of visibility on the road or highway in Ft.
truck accident attorney from our law firm is prepared to help you with your case, and
if necessary, go to court if your case is large enough.
Truck accidents are common in larger cities like Fort Lauderdale, however,
they can happen anywhere. We serve victims in Ft. Lauderdale and all of
Florida. Call us now to see if we can get started on your case.
How Our Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
Some of the Services We Provide for You:
- We can send someone to your home or hospital if you can’t make it
- We have the financial resources to front all costs and immediately begin
working on your case.
- We can assist you with your property damage if that’s something you
would like help with.
- We will do our best to accommodate you by recommending you to doctors who
are willing to wait until the end of your case to get paid.
Injured after a truck accident and need help fighting for compensation?
Reach out to the
Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. to schedule a free consultation. Call
(954) 833-1440 or
contact us online to get started!
FMCSA Reflective Tape Requirements
In order to reduce accidents, federal law requires all trucks to maintain
high visibility on the road. This includes using reflective tape in specific
areas of the truck and making sure the tape is clean. Unfortunately, many
trucks do not bother to check whether the tape is visible, while others
choose to drive without the tape.
Consequently, many vehicles are unable to see the trucks during poor weather
conditions and/or at night, which often results in serious accidents.
In particular, the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucks to have retro-reflective tape or reflex reflectors.
The requirement of the location of the retro-reflective tape varies depending on the:
Type of truck
- And the date of manufacture for the vehicle
For example, trailers and semi-trailers manufactured on or after December
1, 1993 are required to have retro-reflective sheeting or reflex reflectors
(also known as conspicuity material) in each side of the trailer, upper
rear of the trailer, and lower rear of the trailer. However, truck tractors
manufactured on or after July 1, 1997 only need retro-reflective sheeting
near the top of the mud flaps and near the top of the cab.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), conspicuity tape on trucks has reduced side and rear impacts
in the dark by 29 percent. In addition, it is estimated that when all
heavy trailers have reflective tape, it will prevent 7,800 crashes per
year, prevent approximately 3,100 to 5,000 injuries per year, and save
an estimated 191 to 350 lives per year.
The Importance of Truck Inspections
Truck drivers are also required to inspect their vehicle before and after
making a trip. Inspection is necessary to ensure the vehicle is safe to
operate. Among the list of inspection is checking to see if the retro-reflective
tape is clean and visible to vehicle drivers.
The FMCSA provides the full list of inspection for truck drivers listed below:
- Brake performance
- Tire inflation
- Tire wear and deterioration
- Wheel retention and deterioration
- Steering system performance
- Full trailer coupling
- 5th wheel hitches and adjustable axles
- Vehicle lighting and conspicuity
- Payload characteristics
- Cargo securement
Hiring a Truck Accident Lawyer
Attorney Dan Cytryn, our law firm’s founder, is a member of the Association of Plaintiff
Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). This is national association of lawyers dedicated to help eliminate
unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices such as trucks failing
to use reflective tape.
Members of APITLA work through learning, legislation, and litigation to
reduce accidents caused by unsafe trucks on the road. Dan Cytryn is a
proud contributing member of APITLA by representing truck accident victims
in our area.
Our law firm has 40 years of experience handling truck accident cases and would like
to represent you for your injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, call a truck accident attorney
in Fort Lauderdale now at
(954) 833-1440 or
contact us online for your free consultation.