Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident is unlike any other accident on Tampa roadways. It can cause you lasting emotional and physical damage that may lead to significant challenges throughout your daily life. When you’re dealing with major pain issues, financial problems and difficulty trying to communicate with insurance companies, you require assistance from a trusted Tampa truck accident lawyer.
At Farah & Farah, we have experience handling Tampa trucking accident cases and helping clients through the process from initial investigation through to settlement. Our goal is to help you get your life back on track after the accident and to achieve full peace of mind knowing that you can focus on recovery. You’re not alone. Call our trusted team at (813) 358-0490 now for your free consultation.
What You Can Expect From Our Tampa Truck Accident Attorneys
After a trucking accident in Tampa, our main goal is for you to feel supported and know that there is someone in your corner, fighting for your rights. When you work with our team of Tampa personal injury lawyers, we will help you:
- Find a doctor to document your injuries and provide treatment.
- Assist with property damage.
- Make sense of all the paperwork from insurance companies.
- Get the accident thoroughly investigated and gather evidence.
- Have prescriptions and lost wages reimbursed by insurance companies.
How Much is My Trucking Accident Worth?
In a trucking accident, liability may lie with the driver or the trucking company that employs the driver. Each case is unique and while damages related to property loss and lost earnings might be easy to calculate, emotional damages related to pain and suffering are different in each case and for each client. Our team works tirelessly to ensure you achieve the maximum value and we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for the compensation you may deserve.
Potential Injuries Suffered in a Trucking Accident
Considering the size and weight of most trucks on the road, it’s easy to see how the injuries suffered in a trucking accident can be horrific and long-lasting. Some of the injuries we have seen include:
- Broken bones and severe fractures
- Serious spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
What to Do If You’ve Been in a Trucking Accident
If you’re the victim of an accident involving a truck, you should immediately consult with a Tampa truck accident attorney regarding the next steps. You should visit a doctor immediately after the accident to make sure you start treatment for your injuries. We’ll guide you throughout the legal process to help you make the right choices in your case.
We Work on Contingency
Our team at Farah & Farah works on contingency so our fee is only paid if we win your case. This helps limit your financial risk and highlights our commitment to your legal case and your financial future.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
The aftermath of a truck accident can be chaotic and confusing. Victims involved may not know what to do, but there are steps you can take in the immediate aftermath of a truck crash and in the days that follow to help your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Some of these steps may look similar to what happens after a car accident, but truck accidents present further challenges.
- Report the crash and seek medical treatment. As soon as an accident occurs, call 911 or have someone else do so. If you or anyone else involved in the crash is injured, make sure EMS is on the way to the scene. Check on other parties involved in the crash, including the truck driver, but only if it is safe to do so.
- Start gathering evidence. If you are not seriously injured, you should get out your smartphone or another camera if you have one and start taking photographs. Take pictures of everything. This includes all damages and injuries, as well as the possible causes of the crash, license plates of everyone involved, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and more. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the crash. Ask the police how to obtain official copies of the accident report.
After the initial incident takes place, your qualified Tampa truck accident attorney will use their extensive resources to do the following:
- Figure out all liable parties. This could be more than just those who are on the scene. In a commercial truck crash, liable parties could include the:
- Truck driver
- Trucking company
- Owner of the trailer (sometimes different from the owner of the cab)
- Shipper or broker who hired the driver or the truck
- Third-party companies that inspected the truck as required by FMCSA law
- Auto mechanics that serviced the truck or trailer
- Manufacturer of the truck or trailer
- Determine liability. If there are multiple liable parties, your attorney will need to determine how much liability each party has for the crash. The truck driver and truck company’s insurance carriers and legal teams will try to assign some or all of the blame for the crash on you.
- Obtain your medical records. Your medical records and documentation of continued care will be important when proving that you were harmed in the crash.
- Understand the truck company’s insurance policies. Most truck companies have insurance policies that cover $1 million or more for a single accident. If they come forward with an offer that is much less than that (first offers are almost always lower than what you could truly get in these cases), speak with an attorney. By understanding Florida’s commercial vehicle insurance requirements, you can gain a sense of how much compensation you could receive.
The importance of seeking medical attention after a truck accident cannot be stressed enough. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious, please know that the signs and symptoms of many truck accident injuries may not appear until hours of even days after the crash. By seeking medical attention immediately, you are ensuring your long-term well-being as well as establishing a link between your injuries and the crash.
Medical care needs to be continued throughout your case. It is important to follow all treatment plans prescribed by your doctor. Failing to follow the doctor’s orders could result in a lower settlement and could even give insurance carriers a reason to deny your claim or offer a lesser settlement.
A knowledgeable and experienced Tampa truck accident attorney will be the one to handle most of this for you. They will have the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the crash and gather all evidence needed to secure the compensation you deserve.
Truck Accident Causes
We know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have conducted the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. This study has examined the causes of serious crashes involving trucks that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. While there are hundreds of factors that contributed to the crashes they studied, there were some common themes that arose. They coded each crash (there were oftentimes many factors that contributed to each incident) and came up with the top ten factors for large truck accidents.
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crashes on the roadway)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Roadway problems (poor maintenance, roadways construction, etc.)
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
When examining that list, you can see that most of the truck crash causes are preventable. Truck drivers and trucking companies should always comply with FMCSA regulations. This includes:
- Drivers operating only the amount of hours they are allowed to during a single day and during the workweek.
- Drivers never operating while distracted or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription and OTC medications).
- Trucking companies must regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. This will prevent many of the equipment and vehicle failures that cause so many crashes.
Truck Accident Liability
Determining who is liable in a truck accident often require extensive investigation. While insurers and your attorney will rely heavily on what evidence is available from the scene. This will include the police report as well as video and photographic evidence, as well as eyewitness reports from the scene.
In many cases, the fault for these incident falls on the truck driver or the trucking company, especially if they are negligent in the ways we discussed above. When the accident is caused by the truck driver or truck failure, liability will fall onto the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or even the maintenance company that worked on the truck.
Just like any accident, liability can also fall to the passenger vehicle driver if they were at-fault in the crash. This will be determined by examining the totality of the evidence from the scene. If liability is assigned to a passenger vehicle driver, their insurance carrier will be the one injury claims and damages are filed against.
What Happens if you get in a Commercial Truck Accident While Working?
Commercial driver’s license holders have a huge responsibility when they drive large commercial trucks. They are held to a higher standard than other drivers and must follow strict rules put into place by the FMCSA, the NHTSA, the US DOT, and Florida laws.
If you are a truck driver involved in an accident, whether you believe you are at-fault or someone else caused the crash, there are steps you can take.
- Call 911 if you are able to and ensure police and EMS are on the way. Check on other people involved in the crash and offer assistance if you are able to do so safely.
- Get out your phone or another camera and document the scene. Take photos of all damages and injuries, the possible causes of the crash, the angle of all vehicles involved, traffic and weather patterns, etc.
- Get the contact information of any eyewitnesses to the crash.
As the truck driver, people may try to point the finger at you for causing the crash, even if you did not. By law, you are going to have to submit to a drug and alcohol test if there was an injury, death, or inoperable vehicle involved in the crash. Police will investigate the incident and may issue citations to anyone they determine violated traffic laws.
If there are injuries or fatalities in the crash, you could be facing criminal charges if you were found to be at fault. Even if you do not face criminal charge, you could still face a personal injury or wrongful death civil lawsuit. Because of these possibilities, you should speak with an attorney. The company you work for may have a legal team as well as insurance carriers with legal teams, but that does not necessarily shield you from legal trouble.
Farah & Farah Can Provide Relief After a Truck Wreck
We want you to get the most compensation possible after a serious trucking accident. We understand that a settlement or verdict won’t take away the pain and physical challenges you face, but you should be able to focus on your recovery without having to worry about money. Contact us today to speak with our compassionate Tampa truck accident attorneys.