If you’ve been hurt or lost a family member in a commercial truck accident, filing a lawsuit may not be your top priority. However, a Tampa trucking accident attorney from Lieser Skaff Alexander may be able to help ease some of the financial burdens you suffered as a result of the crash. While you focus on your physical recovery, our Tampa truck accident attorneys will help you recover compensation from the parties at fault.
Speaking to Insurance Companies
After you have been involved in a truck accident, you should contact us before talking to anyone else except your doctor. The trucking company’s insurance adjusters will be eager to speak to you. The statements you make may or may not hurt your claim. Our Tampa trucking accident attorneys can speak with insurance adjusters and other parties on your behalf.
Investigating the Crash
We will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident to build your case. Our attorneys will examine police reports and photographs of the scene, review your medical records, gather eyewitness statements, and meet with experts, including those in the accident reconstruction field. We may even retain a private investigator to search for damaging evidence against the trucking company.
We will use the information we learn to leverage a settlement with the insurance companies. If settlement negotiations end unsuccessfully, we will file a lawsuit and present your case to a judge or jury.
Causes of Tampa Truck Accidents
To help ensure the safety of truck drivers and other motorists on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created laws that govern the trucking industry. These laws regulate speed limits, hours of service, logging requirements, weight and loading restrictions, and use of intoxicating substances. Truck drivers and trucking companies that violate these rules can place other drivers at risk of serious injury or death. Common violations include:
- Falling asleep or driver fatigue
- Driving too fast
- Driving under the influence
- Falsifying logs to prolong driving time
- Overloading or improper load distribution
If the truck driver or other party operated or managed the truck in violation of Florida state and federal regulations, they may be responsible for any losses caused by their negligence. Because the chances of a catastrophic accident are much greater when a commercial truck is involved due to its sheer size and weight, the law requires truck drivers to be much more careful than other motorists.
If a defect in the truck or any one of its components caused the crash, the manufacturer of the component may be liable for your injuries. In some cases, manufacturers can be held responsible even they did not know about defect and exercised reasonable care in the manufacturing process. In these cases, our Tampa trucking accident attorneys will only have to prove that a defect existed and it caused the accident which caused your injuries.
There are many parties who may be held responsible for a truck accident, including:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Parent companies of the truck owner
- Truck driver’s employer
- Maintenance company
If you were injured or lost a family member in a truck accident, you may be awarded compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earnings, funeral expenses, and other losses suffered.
Consult the Tampa Truck Accident Attorneys at Lieser Skaff Alexander
Contact our firm to speak with a highly qualified Tampa truck accident lawyer. Commercial truck accidents involve a very different set of issues than standard automobile accidents. Our attorneys understand the nuances involved in truck accident law. Choosing the right lawyer with the right kind of experience can profoundly affect the outcome of your case.