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Expedited Trucking Owner Operators: Florida HB 837 Brings Swift Changes So Protect Your Interests

By Kelsea Eckert
Posted Sep 1st 2023 7:35AM

Attention all expedited trucking owner operators! We have some vital news that directly impacts your operations in the Sunshine State. Governor Ron DeSantis has inked his signature on Florida House Bill No. 837, a groundbreaking piece of legislation centered around tort reform. This isn't just any law; it's a game-changer for truckers like you, especially when it comes to safeguarding your equipment in the aftermath of Florida traffic accidents.

In the past, you had a generous four-year window post-accident to initiate a negligence lawsuit. This was your lifeline to cover repair costs, downtime, diminished value, and all the property damage-related losses stemming from the unfortunate event. However, as of March 24, 2023, the sands of time have shifted. Your time limit, that statute of limitation, has been slashed in half, now standing at a mere two years.

Here's the updated language straight from the statute books:

95.11 Limitations other than for the recovery of real property.—Actions other than for recovery of real property shall be commenced as follows:


(a) An action founded on negligence.

Now, here's the deal - and it's crucial to grasp the implications. The statute of limitation is essentially your countdown clock to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. If the clock strikes zero before you've taken action, you might be waving goodbye to your chances of recovering damages. The Florida Legislature's recent move is all about getting things moving quicker, aiming for swifter resolutions. But, as they say, every coin has two sides. While the intent is to streamline the process, it also means you, the rightful party seeking compensation, could be left in the dust if you don't file within this freshly minted time frame.

Your rights, your livelihood, and your trucking operation are at stake. The urgency cannot be overstated. It's time to take charge and protect what's rightfully yours. The ball is in your court if your trusty truck, trailer, or any other hefty equipment has fallen victim to a Florida accident. Here's what you need to do, and do it now: Seek counsel from legal experts who know the ins and outs of this new legal landscape. You must file your claim with precision and timeliness to ensure your rights remain protected.

At Eckert & Associates, PA, we've got your back. We understand the unique challenges that owner operators and small fleets face. Our focus is laser-sharp – we're here to champion your cause when it comes to negligent actions and the resulting property damages. Think equipment repair costs, downtime losses, and every other facet tied to your assets. This article hones in on the very essence of our practice area, shining a light on Florida's new law that pertains to you.

Don't let this change catch you off guard. Act now, seek guidance, and protect your rights like the road warrior you are. Your trucking journey is our concern, and we're here to ensure you steer through these legal twists and turns with confidence. For more information, visit or call 904-278-7688.

The information in this article is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice.