Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks can cause catastrophic damage. The size of the 18-wheeler trucks makes them extremely dangerous and destructive, usually causing devastating injuries to innocent victims. While some accidents seem unavoidable, a thorough investigation may reveal the cause of the accident and identify the negligent party(ies). If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida, you have a right to a complete investigation of the accident and the ability to pursue a claim for damages against the liable party(ies).
It is important to consult with an accident attorney who is experienced in commercial vehicle litigation involving 18-wheeler accidents. A liability determination is essential to a victim’s claim for monetary damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, wrongful death or property damage. Police will conduct an investigation after the accident, however, an independent investigation is sometimes needed to ensure all evidence is gathered in a timely manner. Therefore, it may be necessary to reexamine the accident scene and the truck involved, or to obtain blood test results from the truck driver and gather new witness statements. Various individuals or entities may be liable for the 18-wheeler truck accident, including the driver, the driver’s employer, the shipping company or the manufacturers of defective vehicle parts. The Capaz Law Firm has the experience and skills to conduct a proper investigation to determine liability.
Many causes of 18-wheeler accidents are the same as the causes of regular traffic accidents. For example, driver fatigue, drug and alcohol use, speeding and distracted driving, driver inexperience and mechanical failure are pretty common causes of trucking accidents. However, there are factors specific to 18-wheelers. Truck drivers are subject to strict guidelines for things like the amount of hours they can work, the proper way to load their trucks, proper driving maneuvers, etc. A Tampa accident attorney with experience in 18-wheeler accident cases will be familiar with these regulations when assisting with an initial claim investigation. A trucking accident attorney will also understand that an investigation might reveal multiple negligent parties. For example, if an 18-wheel truck accident was caused by defective equipment, the manufacturer could be at fault. However, if the claimant driver knew about the problem and did not stop to fix it, the driver, his employer and the manufacturer could be considered negligent. When faced with an 18-wheel truck accident, it is in your best interests to retain a Tampa accident attorney who has the knowledge, skills and experience to conduct a proper investigation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck in Tampa or anywhere in Florida, contact the Capaz Law firm. We understand the complex nature of these cases and will perform a complete investigation of your accident. The Capaz Law Firm will provide aggressive representation in an effort to hold the negligent parties liable for your damages. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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