Truck accidents are on the rise and according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 100,000 people are injured every year in truck crashes. Even more alarming is that nearly 4,000 people are involved each year in fatal truck accidents.
A recent NBC investigation cites an improving economy leading to more goods being shipped on U.S. highways and more pressure being placed on trucking companies, and commercial drivers, to get their cargo delivered quickly. The trucking industry has strong lobby groups and with trucking as the backbone of a U.S. economy that is struggling to grow, both government and industry are reluctant to enact more safeguards. As a result, trucking accidents are on the rise and have become a cost of doing business for some commercial trucking companies.
Semi drivers often cause crashes due to sleep deprivation, excessive speed, overweight vehicles and failing to use proper caution. Other frequent contributing causes for accidents are excessive hours of operation, cell phone use, drugs and alcohol, improper loading, negligence and failure to follow Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Even when the truck driver’s liability is obvious, in an effort to limit the monetary recovery, some insurance carriers and trucking companies will attempt to dispute liability and the severity and significance of the accident victim’s injuries.
Contact a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer in Tampa
If you or a family member has been injured in accident involving a semi truck, tractor trailer or commercial truck, contact the Capaz Law firm to speak with an experienced accident lawyer. We are dedicated to providing personalized legal services to those individuals who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another. We know how devastating an accident can be and will fight aggressively to hold the negligent party responsible. Call 813.440.2700 for your free consultation.