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Transportation

Transportation law covers most aspects of travel and commerce on the streets and highways, in the air, and on the water -- including regulation of vehicles and vessels; implementation of safety standards; and oversight of shipping activity. Transportation is regulated at both the state and federal level, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) being the main federal regulatory agency. 

Individual states often also have their own transportation authorities to regulate aspects of the roads and transportation hubs. Still, federal agencies lead the way nationwide. Federal agencies charged with regulating the various means of transportation include:

·         Air transportation via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);

·         Highway transportation via the Federal Highway Administration;

·         Railroad transportation via the Federal Railroad Administration; and

·         Aircraft accidents via the National Transportation Safety Board

Many legal issues arise on land, air, and water, such as workers' compensation, criminal offenses, personal injury, or employment issues. However, when they occur on the water or in the air, admiralty or aviation law often applies special legal rules. Let's look at these two common areas of the law: admiralty and aviation law.

Admiralty Law

Admiralty law, also called maritime law, is a combination of U.S. and international law that covers all contracts, torts, injuries, or offenses that take place on navigable waters. Admiralty law traditionally focused on oceanic issues, but it has expanded to cover any public body of water, including lakes and rivers. These laws largely cover interactions between two or more ships, the ship captain's obligations to the crew and passengers, and the rights of crew members, as well as other legal issues.

Federal district courts usually hear all admiralty cases, but states may also hear them on occasion. Courts apply special rules and legal principles to admiralty cases.

Aviation Law

Air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years, according to the FAA. As air traffic increases, so does the risk that passengers will be involved in an aviation accident. Generally, air traffic is considered to be a safe means of transportation, but when accidents do occur they often result in fatalities. Smaller, less serious accidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than people realize, because many of these incidents go unreported in the media.

Aviation accident law covers both major air carrier and general aviation accidents. General aviation includes all non-commercial aircraft including small planes, large business jets, charter flights, pleasure crafts, helicopters, and hang gliders.

When You Need a Transportation Lawyer

The regulation of who may transport through the air, sea or on land is a separate issue that often necessitates an attorney. How licenses are granted or revoked, for instance, is a common issue. Who do you turn to if your pilot's license is in jeopardy? What to do if your railroad or trucking access is at stake in a federal hearing? How about if criminal charges come to bear after a transportation law incident?

These are all instances when you would want to consult with legal counsel. Therefore, when faced with a legal issue where transportation law applies, you should consult an attorney familiar with these special laws and rules rather than simply hiring a personal injury attorney.

Additionally, transportation lawyers should be familiar with the many industry-specific laws and regulations that may apply. For all these reasons, be sure to contact a Transportation Law Attorney to better protect your rights in any legal or procedural setting.

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Michael Stephen Steinger
Michael Stephen Steinger
85

1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd #900, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Bar #83496(FL)     License for 1996 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Personal injury | Transportation | Workers compensation | Wrongful death
Samuel Aaron Coffey
Samuel Aaron Coffey
46

500 NE 4th St. #100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bar #71838(FL)     License for 1996 years

Practice Areas: Personal injury | Transportation | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Mark Brian Milrot
Mark Brian Milrot
38

1696 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 334421657

Bar #119474(FL)     License for 1997 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Expungement | Litigation | Speeding and traffic ticket | Transportation
Kelsey K Black
Kelsey K Black
19

1401 E. Broward Blvd. Suite 204, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bar #78925(FL)     License for 2010 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Business | Litigation | Transportation
Kenneth Wayne Waterway
Kenneth Wayne Waterway
19

350 East Las Olas Boulevard Suite 1000, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bar #994235(FL)     License for 1993 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Defective and dangerous products | Litigation | Personal injury | Transportation
Otto Bergés
Otto Bergés
17

277 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste. 179, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Bar #193380(FL)     License for 2000 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Commercial real estate | Construction and development | Foreclosure | Litigation | Medical malpractice | Transportation | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Michael Lewis Forte
Michael Lewis Forte
14

100 North Tampa Street (33602), Suite 2000 P.O. Box 3390, Tampa, FL 33601-3390

Bar #592161(FL)     License for 2002 years

Practice Areas: Arbitration | Defective and dangerous products | Government | Litigation | Transportation
Sean Michael McDonough
Sean Michael McDonough
14

111 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 1200, Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #896446(FL)     License for 1991 years

Practice Areas: Transportation
Timothy M. VanderGiesen
Timothy M. VanderGiesen
14

201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2800, Miami, FL 33131

Bar #391610(FL)     License for 2000 years

Practice Areas: Aviation | Business | Litigation | Transportation
Katy Koestner Esquivel
Katy Koestner Esquivel
13

Moorings Professional Building 2335 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 301-B, Naples, FL 34103-4457

Bar #159484(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Agriculture | Bankruptcy and debt | Business | Contracts and agreements | Litigation | Transportation
Michael Daniel Begey
Michael Daniel Begey
13

Lincoln Plaza, Suite 1400300 South Orange Avenue (32801), Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #120928(FL)     License for 1997 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Aviation | Employment and labor | Lemon law | Transportation
Erik Rosskopf
Erik Rosskopf
12

301 W. Bay Street Suite 1465, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Bar #81726(FL)     License for 2010 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Insurance | Personal injury | Social security | Transportation | Wrongful death

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