A runaway accident occurs when a semi driver loses control of the vehicle or the tractor detaches from its trailer and spins out of control. These accidents often have devastating results, including significant property damage, injury or death to the truck driver or other drivers involved in the accident. If you’ve been involved in a semi truck accident in Tampa or its surrounding counties, contact a commercial semi truck accident attorney at the Capaz Law Firm. We will aggressively pursue your case.

What Causes Loss of Control Accidents?

Many things can cause a semi truck driver to lose control from driver error to equipment malfunction. An experienced commercial truck accident lawyer can investigate your case to determine what caused the crash and who is liable.

Equipment Failure and Brake Failure

The most common cause of runaway accidents is failure of the truck’s brakes or malfunctioning equipment. This is often caused by poor maintenance or faulty equipment.

Speeding

Because of their size, semi tractor trailer trucks are harder to control and take longer to slow down and come to complete stops. Truck drivers should take this into consideration, along with weather and road conditions, and slow their speeds accordingly. When drivers travel at high speeds, they may overcompensate with heavier breaking which could cause their trailer to detach or lose control.

Overloaded

When trailers are overloaded, this can lead to a tire blowout or brake failure. If the truck driver or the trucking company knew, or should have known about the overload, they can be held liable for the accident. In addition, the company that loaded the trailer might be held liability.

Quick Turns

When drivers turn too sharply or too quickly, their trailers can jackknife causing the trailer to detach from the tractor or causing them to lose control of the truck. Often times driver error is to blame, and the driver is at fault for the accident.

Road Declines

When trucks travel downhill they quickly pick up momentum which could cause the driver to lose control. Many times this is due to driver error. Other times poor road design is to blame.

Who is Responsible for the Accident?

An experienced truck accident attorney can thoroughly investigate your case to determine the cause of the accident. The at-fault party can include a number of different parties from the commercial truck driver to the trucking company or other parties.

Contact a Tampa Semi Truck Accident Attorney

If you have been the victim of a semi truck accident, contact the Capaz Law Firm now. We understand the complexities of these accidents and the significant injuries they cause. We will fight aggressively to hold the at-fault party responsible for your accident and get you the compensation you need to recover.