Tampa Truck Accident Attorneys
Handling Semi-Truck, Big Rig, and Tractor-Trailer Crashes in Tampa
In 2018, a total of 4,136 people lost their lives to large truck crashes. Tragically, the majority of these crashes could have been prevented. Truck accidents occur when truck drivers fail to drive carefully, or when shipping companies choose to shirk federal regulations. In either situation, truck accidents caused by negligence are never acceptable. If you’ve been harmed by someone else’s carelessness, you should not have to face the consequences alone. At Four Rivers Law Firm, we help ensure you don’t have to. We handle the law with a human touch, and we are ready to listen and advise.
Call us at (813) 331-5056 to get started today.
Types of Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks, big rigs, and tractor-trailers can get into all the same kinds of accidents as motor vehicles – rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, and side-impact crashes. These large commercial vehicles are also more prone to rollover accidents and experience a type of accident called a jackknife. Jackknife accidents occur when the trailer part of a tractor-trailer skids and forms a 90-degree angle with the tractor (or cab), creating a pocketknife or jackknife shape.
Rollovers and jackknife accidents are especially dangerous because they can affect multiple vehicles on the roadway. Due to their size and weight, however, any kind of truck accident can cause serious injuries or death to passenger vehicle occupants.
Our Tampa truck accident lawyers can help you recover from any serious injuries you sustain in a truck accident that isn’t your fault.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Drivers and trucking companies cause truck accidents when they do not follow both the rules of the road and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. The most common causes of truck accidents we see at our firm include:
- Driver inattention
- Driver fatigue
- FMCSA violations
- Driving under the influence
- Unsafe lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Improperly loaded trucks
- Inadequate training
- Underqualified drivers
- Unrealistic shipping deadlines
- And more
Due to the various causes of truck accidents, multiple parties may be liable. Determining liability is one of the most difficult aspects of winning a truck accident lawsuit, but our attorneys can help.
Who Is Liable for My Truck Accident?
Multiple parties can be liable for your truck accident. If a truck driver is at fault for your accident, they will be liable. Employers are also responsible for the actions of their employees, so shipping companies can also face liability when their drivers cause accidents. Shipping companies can face liability in other ways, as well. Often, these companies ask their employees to violate federal hours-of-service regulations and spend too much time behind the wheel, which results in drowsy driving accidents. Sometimes, these companies also hire unqualified drivers, train drivers poorly, or fail to set and enforce standards regarding drug and alcohol use.
Because so many people are involved in getting commercial goods from place A to place B, other parties may also be liable for truck accidents. The person or company who maintains a truck can be liable for brake failure or other mechanical issues, the manufacturer of the truck can be liable for defects, and the people who load the truck can be liable for dangerous cargo.
At Four Rivers Law Firm, we investigate your accident carefully to determine which parties are liable. If multiple parties are liable, we will file suit against all of them to maximize your compensation.
Why Choose Us?
You should not have been injured by someone else’s greed and carelessness. That’s why we are here – to help balance the scales of justice. We are also here to answer your legal questions, listen to and resolve your concerns, and fight for your rights. The attorney you meet during your free consultation will handle your entire case, including the majority of the casework, and you will have their cell phone number to get in touch quickly and easily. At Four Rivers Law Firm, we are your legal team. We never forget that we work for you, not the other way around.
Choose service with humanity. Choose Four Rivers Law Firm. Call us at (813) 331-5056 or contact us online for a free consultation today.
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