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Back Injury

After a trial, we obtained a verdict of 3.5 million for our client that sustained low back injuries requiring two surgeries and a lifetime of pain management.

Semi-Truck Accident

Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident which led to spinal fusion surgery requiring a spinal cord stimulator.

Long-Term Injuries

We obtained a $2.5 million verdict for our client that suffered a fractured arm and leg, necessitating surgery, as well as spinal injuries requiring long-term pain management for spinal injuries.

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We obtained a verdict for our client who sustained spinal injuries in an accident that required spinal fusion surgery.

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We obtained a $1.95 million verdict for a client who sustained spinal injuries in an auto accident which required a lifetime of pain management and need for future surgery.

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Our client was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,450,000.

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Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,300,000.

Product Liability

Our client sustained injuries due to a faulty product. We were able to recover $1,000,000

Semi-Truck Accident

$1.0 Million
We recovered for our client injured in an accident resulting in shoulder and spinal injuries.

Slip & Fall Injury

$1.0 Million
We recovered for our client who was injured in a fall at an apartment complex.


Commercial Vehicle Inspections in Florida

Big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks are subject to more extensive wear and tear than most passenger vehicles. As such, they must be carefully inspected and maintained to ensure safety on our shared highways and roads.

Truck inspections include a complete assessment of the truck’s various components, including but not limited to:

Trucking companies, truck drivers, and the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) all conduct routine vehicle inspections to assess general wear and tear, as well as identify potential vehicle issues that warrant repairs. In fact, such inspections are regulated by both state and federal laws.

Who Is Responsible for Conducting Large Truck Inspections?

In Florida, trucks and all their parts must be in perfect working order under federal law. Additionally, truck drivers must inspect their vehicles at the start of every new shift, as well as before resuming driving after stopping for a mandated break. Drivers must keep a log of these inspections and record any defect or condition that could affect the safe, normal operation of the vehicle.

Trucking companies must also conduct regular vehicle inspections, regardless of whether they own or lease the vehicles under their control. Such inspections must occur at least every 90 days or annually, and they must include a comprehensive examination of vehicles’ various safety components, including push-out windows and emergency braking systems.

When issues are reported, they must be properly and promptly addressed. Trucking companies or the owners of these vehicles must certify that these issues have either been immediately repaired or that repairs are not urgently needed to operate the vehicle safely.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Truck Inspections

Each state’s Department of Transportation (DOT), including the Florida DOT, conducts various commercial vehicle inspections, independently and in conjunction with various state agencies, such as local highway patrol offices. These inspections include both annual bumper-to-bumper vehicle inspections performed at least once every 12 months and roadside inspections under the North American Standard Inspection Program.

During annual commercial truck inspections, the Florida DOT will examine all the various components of the vehicle, including but not limited to the:

Following these inspections, the DOT inspector will note any issues requiring further attention, including repairs or partial/total replacement. These repairs and replacements must be carried out and certified before the truck can be driven again.

Roadside Truck Inspections

The DOT performs roadside commercial vehicle inspections in conjunction with state troopers, highway patrol officers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

There are six levels of commercial truck inspections under the North American Standard Inspection Program:

Why Do Truck Inspections Matter?

Routine truck inspections are extremely important. Not only do they ensure the improved safety of these vehicles and their drivers, but they also can serve as invaluable evidence in the event of a truck accident. For example, if a truck inspection results in an order to have the vehicle’s braking system repaired, but the trucking company fails to do this and the truck is later involved in a fatal rear-end collision, the victim’s surviving family members can use the inspection report as evidence in their  wrongful death lawsuit.

At The Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we help people who have been involved in large truck accidents fight for the justice they deserve. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you, utilizing all available evidence—including truck inspection reports—to build a powerful case on your behalf. We offer free consultations and do not collect any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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