4 Commonly Ignored Trucking Regulations That Lead to Accidents

Truck accident on the highway

Michael Damaso / 02-18-2024 / Truck Accident

The intricate network of regulations governing commercial trucking is designed to safeguard the drivers of these massive vehicles and everyone who shares the road with them. However, the rigorous enforcement of these rules often falls short, leading to preventable accidents. From the critical hours of service restrictions that combat driver fatigue to the essential maintenance […]


Spoliation of Evidence in Truck Accident Cases

collision between a truck and a car

Michael Damaso / 02-11-2024 / Truck Accident

Evidence is the cornerstone of any motor vehicle accident case. Due to the complexity and different parties involved in truck accidents, solid evidence becomes especially critical. Unfortunately, trucking companies may attempt to shield themselves from liability by hiding or destroying evidence that supports the victim’s case. This practice is known as spoliation of evidence and […]


What to Do if You’ve Been in a Car Accident With a Tanker Truck

Tanker truck overturned on highway

Michael Damaso / 10-31-2023 / Truck Accident

Thousands of tanker trucks traverse Florida’s roads and highways daily, transporting hazardous materials that power our economy and fuel our daily lives. While these trucks are undoubtedly essential, they also pose significant risks to others on the road. Accidents with tanker trucks can be more damaging than those with standard motor vehicles, leaving victims with […]


Recovering Compensation for a Truck Accident Caused by Mechanical Failure

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mmm / 07-19-2023 / Truck Accident

Countless commercial trucks travel Florida’s highways daily to deliver goods and keep our economy running. While these massive vehicles and their drivers provide an essential service, they can also pose a significant risk to other motorists, especially when mechanical failures occur. In Florida, victims of truck accidents caused by malfunctioning parts have the right to […]


Why Expert Witnesses Are Important to Your Truck Accident Claim

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Michael Damaso / 03-20-2023 / Truck Accident

Truck accidents can be much more severe than a wreck with a standard motor vehicle. Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents can cause extensive property damage and more life-threatening injuries. To make matters worse, filing a claim for compensation can also be more legally complex. Fortunately, a skilled attorney can partner with […]


Why Are Truck Accidents on the Rise Across the United States?

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Michael Damaso / 03-15-2023 / Truck Accident

Large trucks and 18-wheelers are a common sight on I-4 and other Florida highways. Commercial vehicles are significantly larger and heavier than standard cars, and accidents involving them can cause life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, truck accidents are on the rise across the United States. According to the National Traffic and Highway Safety Association (NHTSA), fatalities from […]


What Does Vicarious Liability Mean in a Truck Accident Claim?

Liability in a truck accident claim

Michael Damaso / 03-10-2023 / Truck Accident

Many Orlando residents have seen the devastation a truck accident can cause with their own eyes. Often, truck accident victims suffer severe physical, emotional, and financial injuries that significantly impact their daily lives. While many accident victims assume the negligent driver is responsible for their damages, you may also be able to hold the truck […]


How to Determine Responsibility After a Truck Accident in Florida

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Michael Damaso / 03-05-2023 / Truck Accident

While many truckers and trucking companies take safety standards incredibly seriously, this is not always the case. If a truck driver or trucking company behaves negligently, they can cause an accident and severely injure victims. Additionally, truck accident victims are forced to contend with lengthy hospital stays and extended time off of work. If you […]


7 Mistakes to Avoid After a Florida Truck Accident

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Michael Damaso / 12-19-2022 / Truck Accident

While moments following a truck accident can be confusing and devastating, they’re also crucial when seeking compensation. There are several mistakes that truck accident victims make that can impact their claims. Knowing the mistakes to avoid can help you protect your case and get the best compensation. Our experienced Florida truck accident lawyers know the […]


How Often Are Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue?

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Michael Damaso / 12-13-2022 / Truck Accident

Impaired driving (such as fatigue) was reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to be the second most common cause of truck accidents in 2020. Like intoxicated driving, driver fatigue leads to drowsiness behind the wheel, reduced focus and attention, slowed reaction times, and impaired judgment. Therefore, drivers experiencing fatigue are less likely […]


7 Tips for Preserving Evidence in a Florida Truck Accident Claim

Preserved evidence after a truck accident in Florida

Michael Damaso / 12-09-2022 / Truck Accident

With about 77,500 truck drivers, who estimate 9 in every 1,000 jobs, Florida is the fourth-biggest trucking state in the United States after Texas, California, and Pennsylvania. Although trucking is one of the most lucrative industries, having so many of these trucks on Florida highways and interstates often poses a danger to other cars on […]


Why You Should Never Give a Recorded Statement After a Florida Truck Accident

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Michael Damaso / 12-04-2022 / Truck Accident

A recorded statement is an audio or video interview detailing an auto accident, usually taken by an insurance claims adjuster. If you have been involved in an auto accident, expect to be approached by a claims adjuster with questions about the incident. Whether the adjuster is from your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance […]


How Can Technology Help Your Truck Accident Case?


Michael Damaso / 04-21-2022 / Truck Accident

Technology is a vital part of just about every aspect of society, and dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident is no exception. Technology can help your truck accident case in many ways, from reconstruction to surveillance footage that may be available to determine the facts of the collision. Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis […]


Can I Seek Punitive Damages after a Truck Accident in Florida?


Michael Damaso / 04-19-2022 / Auto Accidents

A Florida truck accident may alter your life in many ways, including injuries sustained in the collision and a vehicle that has been rendered undrivable. Understandably, your first instinct may be to find a Florida truck accident lawyer who can help you file a claim against the responsible party that results in significant compensation levels […]


What You Should Know When a Florida Truck Accident Involves Speeding


Michael Damaso / 04-14-2022 / Auto Accidents

Speeding is one of the most common causes of Florida truck accidents. When this is a factor in a collision, there are various elements to consider in determining accountability for the accident. Working with a skilled Florida truck accident lawyer can help you investigate the facts of the collision so that if speeding was a […]


How to Take Truck Accident Photos to Use as Evidence in Your Claim


Michael Damaso / 04-12-2022 / Truck Accident

After a truck accident, you may be stunned by the impact or confused about what to do in the aftermath. While your first call should be to emergency responders to ensure that the police are on the way to file a report and EMS to respond to any injuries, your next should be to a […]


How Truck Accident Reconstruction Can Help Your Claim


Michael Damaso / 04-05-2022 / Truck Accident

The moments immediately following a truck accident are crucial because this is when the most information is known about what happened. However, everyone involved is focused on making sure that any injuries are being addressed and getting out of the way of any oncoming traffic. When you work with an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer, […]


Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident in Florida?


Michael Damaso / 04-01-2022 / Auto Accidents

The aftermath of a truck accident can be chaotic, especially if multiple vehicles were involved. It can be challenging to determine responsibility in those immediate moments. Yet, doing so is necessary to ensure that the party accountable for the collision is held responsible. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, this might be the truck […]


4 Key Differences Between Truck and Car Accident Claims 

4 Key Differences Between Truck and Car Accident Claims

Michael Damaso / 05-04-2021 / Car Accident

There are several variables when it comes to motor vehicle accidents in Florida. Most people already understand the process behind filing a car accident claim. The injured party files a claim against the negligent driver, and they may work with an injury attorney, depending on the case. While truck accident claims mainly follow the same […]


What Legal Issues Are Associated with Florida Trucking Accidents?

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Michael Damaso / 04-15-2020 / Truck Accident

Truck accident cases are inherently more complex and naturally different than the average car accident case. The legal issues that accompany trucking accidents tend to be more complicated, not only because of the severity of the injuries that result from them, but also because of the layers of liability involved in the trucking industry itself. […]


Trucking Accident Fatalities Reach Highest Level in Nearly Three Decades


Michael Damaso / 11-05-2019 / Truck Accident

A trucking accident poses a serious risk of catastrophic injury or death. These accidents can be deadly, due to a number of factors, including the sheer size of the truck, the speed at which it is traveling and the force of impact. The number of lives lost in large truck accidents have reached the highest […]


“Safe Phone Zones” introduced by the Florida Department of Transportation


Doug / 06-02-2015 / Auto Accidents

In a public-private partnership with GEICO, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) unveiled a new campaign to help curb the problem of distracted driving on Florida’s roadways. Sixty four different “Safe Phone Zones” were designated on various roadways throughout Florida. A map of all of the “Safe Phone Zones” throughout Florida can be found online […]


Is Your Teen a Distracted Driver?


Doug / 03-26-2015 / Auto Accidents

If you have a teen driver in the home and haven’t seen this video from AAA, then stop everything and watch it right now.  Then, go get your teen driver and have them watch it as well. AAA recently released this video along with a report on the latest trends in teen driving and accidents […]


Crosswalk Crackdown in Orange County


Doug / 02-25-2015 / Auto Accidents

In the State of Florida drivers are required to stop and remain stopped until pedestrians cross at crosswalks, but unfortunately the failure of drivers to properly yield to pedestrians is responsible for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and injuries in the Orlando area. Of the incidents resulting in injury or death, 35% occur within marked […]


New Study Deems Florida the Last Place You Want To Get Into an Accident


Doug / 02-11-2015 / Auto Accidents

Whether you are a tourist on vacation or a Floridian on the way to work, a new study encourages you to remain cautious on the roads. The personal finance website,, has released the results of a study, which analyzed several risk factors, such as minimum auto insurance coverage requirements and percentage of uninsured drivers, […]


Living With Amputation


Doug / 10-07-2014 / Auto Accidents

Nearly 2 million people in the United States live with the loss of a limb. Of those 2 million people approximately 45% represent individuals who lost a limb* due to some sort of trauma, while 54% represent amputations due to vascular diseases, such as diabetes. Traumatic amputations usually are a result of factory, farm or […]


Affirmative Defenses: Pointing the Finger Back at the Plaintiff


Doug / 10-01-2014 / Auto Accidents

Immediately following an accident victims are often faced with the need for medical care, expenses incurred as a result of medical care, wage loss, and injuries that can be long lasting or permanent. Regardless of the accident or incident which caused the injuries, often the Plaintiff is stuck with expenses and required to live with […]


The Reality of the Tracy Morgan Trucking Accident


Doug / 09-30-2014 / Confidentiality

This past June, the nation was taken over by the news that Tracy Morgan, the hilariously funny comedian from NBC’s 30 ROCK, was involved in a horrific crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in the early morning hours of June 7th. Stories from every single media outlet reported that a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer struck a limo […]


Back To School Traffic Safety


Doug / 09-17-2014 / Auto Accidents

All of the schools throughout Central Florida are back in session. Everyday hundreds of thousands of children are waiting for buses, walking on our sidewalks, and crossing streets. Not to mention there is a whole new batch of teenage drivers getting ready to get behind the wheel. The importance of safe driving is heightened during […]


Texting and Driving Can Cost You


Doug / 08-19-2014 / Auto Accidents

The dangers of texting and driving are widespread knowledge, yet unfortunately many drivers on the road today continue to text while driving. Aside from the catastrophic injuries that texting and driving can cause, one Florida driver is seeing the side-effects in a $4.3 million judgment. Cacilia Carter from Bunnell, Florida was a passenger in a […]


Crash Spotlights Dangers in Tired Truck Drivers


Doug / 06-12-2014 / Attorney

Over the weekend, the country woke to news that famed comedian, star of NBC’s 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan, along with a handful of others, were involved in a deadly multi-vehicle collision on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to authorities, the accident was caused when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into a limousine bus carrying Mr. Morgan and […]


Orlando: Most Dangerous City for Pedestrians


Doug / 05-20-2014 / Auto Accidents

The National Complete Streets Coalition released its latest report on Tuesday naming Orlando as the most dangerous metro area for pedestrians. Tampa, Jacksonville, and South Florida follow right behind, with Memphis closing out the Top 5. This map shows the number of fatalities due to vehicle/pedestrian accidents within Central Florida from 2003-2012. The Orlando-Kissimmee area […]


The Defective Tire Investigation: You May Be At Risk!

Doug / 05-15-2014 / Auto Accidents

The first sentence in the ABC News story should send chills to everyone who drives, “because of a badly flawed and archaic government recall system, millions of potentially dangerous recalled tires remain on the roads, on store shelves for sale, or simply unaccounted for.” In fact, the problem is so severe and the potential risk […]


Deadly Driving Distractions

Doug / 03-28-2014 / Auto Accidents

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.  These types of distractions include: texting, using a cell phone or smart phone, talking to passengers, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video, or adjusting a radio, CD player, MP3 player, etc. ( However, […]


GM Recalls 1.8 Million Vehicles

Doug / 03-21-2014 / Auto Accidents

General Motors has issued three new recalls, in addition to its previous recall of 1.6 million small vehicles due to defective ignition switches. The three latest recalls involve: Approximately 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the model years 2009-2014 in order to correct the material on the instrument panel to conform with federal standards […]


Orange County Expressway Authority Takes Action Against Wrong-Way Driving

Doug / 03-06-2014 / Auto Accidents

The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority has taken a stance against wrong-way driving and hopes to end the issue on major toll roads.  By investing in a study that will show the frequency of wrong-way driving instances, the authority will use the data collected to devise a plan to prevent its continuance. Haitham Al-Deek, an engineering […]


Roadtrek Motorhomes Reports Potential Breaks in Their Brake Lines

Doug / 02-06-2014 / Auto Accidents

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. (Roadtrek) has recalled certain model year 2013-2014 RSCM Motorhomes manufactured between February 2013 and December 2013 on Mercedes Sprinter van chassis. The manufacturer has acknowledged that during installation of the coolant lines, the front right brake line may have been unseated from the holder, which would allow the line to make contact […]


Be Safe During Thanksgiving Travel

Doug / 11-27-2013 / Auto Accidents

Today is one of the biggest travel days of the year, and with a huge storm system running down the East Coast, it stands to be one of the more dangerous travel days of the past several years.  Here are some tips to make sure you have a safe trip, if you’re the one traveling […]


Dangerous Roads In Florida

Doug / 11-11-2013 / Auto Accidents

Two deaths were the result of a wreck on Florida’s Turnpike yesterday.  This is just the latest reminder of just how dangerous it can be to drive in Florida this weekend.  While we do not know what caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control and roll his truck over the median, we do […]


Are you Training your Teens to be Good Drivers

Doug / 10-23-2013 / Auto Accidents

With seemingly no exception, teens are worse drivers than adults.  The accident and death rates of young people ages 15-24 is 14% higher than that of other drivers.  Teens and young drivers are more likely to misjudge dangerous driving conditions, drive with distractions, and cause accidents than any other sector of drivers. Are you teaching […]


The Future of Distracted Driving

Doug / 10-16-2013 / Auto Accidents

There has been an increased focus on distracted driving lately.  The is mostly due to the fact that more and more accidents being caused, or likely caused do to distracted driving.  With all the toys and distractions available to us in our vehicles, and in the case of cell phones, in our pockets, this is […]


Drunk Driving: The Harm Reaches Beyond the Crash Scenes

Doug / 09-16-2013 / Auto Accidents

In the United States, every day, nearly 30 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve alcohol-impaired drivers. With higher statistics in other countries there are over 51 million deaths annually due to drunk or impaired driving. In 2010, 1/3rd of vehicle crash fatalities were the result of alcohol related crashes. 17% of traffic accidents […]


Orlando Considering Staying Open Late-Night

Doug / 08-27-2013 / Auto Accidents

In an interesting move, the City of Orlando Board of Commissioners is weighing an option to “change” the late-night crowd in downtown Orlando. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Monday at around 2:00 P.M., the Commissioners will vote on a measure to keep bars open in downtown Orlando until 3:00 A.M. Thursday through Saturday. They are […]


Deadly Accident Occurs Between Disney Bus and Visitor Vehicle

Doug / 08-17-2013 / Auto Accidents

A tragic accident occurred yesterday on Disney property, leading many to be concerned over the safety of the theme park operations. A female Orlando resident, passed away yesterday when her vehicle collided with a Disney Magical Express bus near the Epcot theme park. It is unclear how the accident occurred, however reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate […]


Feds Promote Back to School School Bus Safety

Doug / 08-15-2013 / Auto Accidents

Statistics show that riding the school bus is the safest way for children to get to school.  School bus safety has again been in the spotlight after the National Transportation Safety Board addressed the question of seat belts on school buses. This latest discussion regarding school bus accidents and seat belts was linked to a […]


23 Injured in Chinese Bus Crash

Doug / 08-08-2013 / Auto Accidents

23 people were injured when a semi-truck smashed into the back of a bus in Eastern China.  The accident was so severe, the bus flipped and the driver was thrown out the window of the bus, as seen in this video from CNN’s YouTube Channel. This highlights the need for seat belts on buses and […]


Driver Distractions, Don’t Become A Statistic

Doug / 07-10-2013 / Auto Accidents

According to a 2007 Harvard study, Americans will spend approximately 101 minutes per day behind the wheel.  When you do the math, that means that over 7% of your life is spent driving. Given that percentage, it’s not surprising that many of us get a little blasé about our driving habits and allow distractions to […]


When Do I Contact My Insurance Company After An Accident?

Doug / 07-08-2013 / Airplane Accidents

If you’ve ever been in an accident, or had damage done to your property because of an accident, you know that you have a lot on your mind.  If someone was harmed, you need to get them treatment, if damage was done then repairs need to be made.  Sometimes things fall through the cracks and […]


5 Things Not to Say to your Insurance Company

Doug / 06-26-2013 / Auto Accidents

There have been a slew of car accidents blocking the Orlando roadways this morning, and this reminds us that if you’re unfortunate to be in one of those accidents, there are some things you need to avoid saying when you file your insurance claim. First things first, it’s important that you never lie to your […]


Chrysler Rebuffs US Government and Refuses to Recall Jeeps

Doug / 06-05-2013 / Auto Accidents

It is a rare thing for a manufacturer to tell the US government “No” on a recall request.  It is an even rarer thing when that manufacturer works in the automobile industry.  But that is exactly what Chrysler is doing in regards to their Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty lines. According to the National […]


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