Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer in Tampa, FL
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As the popularity of online shopping and same-day delivery service grows, so too does the number of commercial vehicles on the road - and the chance for serious truck accidents.
Even before the surge in delivery demand, Florida was already known for having some of the most car and truck accident-filled roads in the U.S.
Armando Personal Injury Law has represented many clients who were seriously hurt on one of the most dangerous roadways in the nation - I-4.
You’ve probably seen the aftermath of these violent wrecks across Hillsborough County; maybe it was a tractor-trailer that rolled over on I-75, a wide-turn crash with a delivery van on State Road 674, or a head-on collision with a semi-truck on I-295.
Pursuing a claim after an accident with a commercial vehicle
Victims of commercial truck accidents face an uphill battle when it comes time to file a claim or lawsuit against those responsible for their injuries. In most cases, the truck driver and shipping company involved in the crash are going to fight hard and try to blame you for what happened.
Most big trucking and shipping companies have high limit insurance policies and can lose a lot of money in the event of a serious crash that results in a lawsuit. That means the stakes are high for them, and you can bet they will do everything in their power to avoid liability.
Moreover, any blemish on a trucker’s driving record could cost them their career and livelihood. Without a doubt, they’re going to do all they can to avoid responsibility for the injuries they caused.
As such, if you were the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, you should look for an attorney who is not afraid to fight back and aggressively advocate for your best interests.
At Armando Personal Injury Law, we have helped many of our Tampa and Hillsborough County neighbors get the compensation they need and deserve following a serious crash with a commercial truck or delivery vehicle.
What counts as a commercial vehicle?
Just about any kind of car or truck can be a commercial vehicle if it is used for business purposes.
For instance, a small van used to deliver packages from an online retailer is considered a commercial vehicle, as is a fully loaded tractor-trailer hauling goods across the country.
Other common commercial vehicles include box trucks, vans, buses, delivery trucks, and taxis.
Commercial trucks are often much bigger than passenger vehicles - a fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Due to the heavy weight and long length of most commercial vehicles, accidents can result in extra destruction.
Who can be at fault in a commercial vehicle accident?
There are often a lot more companies involved in a commercial vehicle accident compared to those involving just passenger vehicles.
Along with the driver of the vehicle, other parties that may be held liable for damages include:
- The shipping company
- The cargo owner
- Cargo loaders
- The truck maintenance company
- The vehicle’s parts manufacturer
- A separate third party (e.g., another driver involved in the crash)
How do commercial truck accidents happen?
There are many reasons why an accident with a commercial vehicle could happen, but most can be traced back to negligence on the part of the driver or their employer.
Common reasons why accidents happen include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Unbalanced or uneven cargo loads
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Defective vehicle parts
- Poor hiring practices by the employer
- Inexperienced or unqualified drivers
Going too fast around a bend or curve could cause a tractor-trailer to roll over. A quick stop due to a roadway hazard could cause an 18-wheeler to jackknife. While many passenger vehicles can stop on a dime, big rigs cannot. A tractor-trailer going 60 mph on the highway needs a couple hundred feet or more to come to a stop, meaning the driver needs to be alert at all times to avoid a serious crash.
Keep in mind that employers often pressure drivers into meeting unrealistic deadlines, which in turn can place added pressure on the driver and cause them to throw safety out the window.
Still, commercial vehicle drivers are trained professionals who are held to a higher standard and need to be held accountable when their negligence results in serious or fatal injuries to others.
Level the playing field with Armando Personal Injury Law
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you have rights. At Armando Personal Injury Law, we understand how difficult it is to recover from a bad accident – let alone take on a trucking company or its insurer and their team of lawyers at the same time.
What you do in the aftermath of a commercial truck accident is crucial to recovering compensation that will cover all your current and future accident-related medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and offset temporary or lifelong diminished earning potential.
Much like how the accident changed your life in an instant, so too can an unskilled handling of your claim. Forget to file a document, give a “yes” or “no” to an insurance adjuster at the wrong time, or miss a piece of evidence, and you could sabotage your entire claim and lose out on the compensation you’re entitled to.
Attorney Armando Edmiston knows how to build a strong, airtight case that will hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions.
To see how we can help you with your potential legal case, contact us today for a free consultation.