Tampa Truck Accident Lawyers Maximizing Compensation For the Injured
With the large number of tractor-trailer trucks, 18-wheelers, semi-trailer trucks, and other large commercial vehicles traveling through Florida on I-75, I-275, U.S. 19, and other state highways, trucking accidents are a fact of life—and death—in our state.
Due to the size and weight of trucks, these accidents often lead to serious or fatal injuries. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 813-223-2030 to discuss your legal options with the experienced truck accident lawyers at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Tampa?
Truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons, but one of the leading causes is drowsy driving. In an effort to prevent truck accidents, the federal government enacted several trucking regulations in the 1990s. One of these regulationslimited the number of hours per day that a truck driver could spend behind the wheel. The goal of this regulation was to reduce accidents caused by drowsy truck drivers. However, surveys by consumer groups and highway safety advocates reveal that many drivers of 18-wheelers regularly violate these regulations.
Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Inoperative or unsafe vehicle systems such as reflectors and lights
- Driving during unsafe conditions such as weather, smoke or fog
- A dangerous driver with a history of accidents or traffic violations
- Failure to properly maintain trucks
- An inexperienced driver
- Failure to install an under-ride protection guard on the truck
- Overloaded trucks
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield right of way
- Losing control
- Running off the road
- Following too closely
Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Identifying the cause is the first step in determining who we can hold liable for your injuries.
Who is Liable For Truck Accidents in Tampa?
A number of parties could potentially be held liable for your truck accident cases. Our team, which consists of skilled attorneys and investigators, will carefully analyze the evidence to identify the liable parties in your case. Our professional accident investigator combs through every detail of your truck accident to ensure we know exactly where fault lies and can build the strongest case for your maximum compensation.
Some of the parties that could be held liable include:
- The driver of the truck
- The trucking company that employs the driver
- The owner of the trailer
- The shipper that loaded the cargo on the truck
- The manufacturer of defective parts
It’s possible that more than one of these parties could be to blame in your case. Because so many parties could be involved, these cases are often complex. But our truck accident attorneys have over 125 years of combined legal experience, so we have the resources and skills that you need to win your case. We won’t rest until you receive the compensation you deserve after a serious accident involving a commercial truck or tractor-trailer.
What Is My Truck Accident Claim Worth?
The value of your claim will depend on a number of factors. One factor that will have a significant impact on the value of your claim is the severity of your injuries. Because truck accidents often cause severe, life-threatening injuries, these cases are typically high value claims.
As a truck accident victim, you are entitled to compensation for any expense or loss related to your injuries. Examples of this includes compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including those you have already incurred and those you expect to incur in the future
- Income you have lost due to your injuries
- Income you expect to lose in the future as a result of your injuries
- Mental and physical pain and suffering
Insurance companies will always try to settle claims for as little as possible. That’s why you shouldn’t trust an insurance company to tell you how much your claim is actually worth. Instead, let our team review your case and help you determine how much compensation you are entitled to by law.
Set Up A Free Consultation With Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Tampa Today
Have you been injured in a commercial trucking accident in Tampa? If so, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from the dedicated trucking accident attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett. For decades, our attorneys have helped truck accident victims win the maximum compensation available for their injuries. Now, let us fight for you.
To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call 813-223-2030 or fill out the form on this website.