An accident involving a large truck, tractor-trailer, or other type of commercial vehicle can be terrifying for those involved because the impact is usually much greater than a motor vehicle accident. The injuries are usually more significant, typically resulting in serious bodily injuries or fatal injuries. Unfortunately, commercial vehicles and tractor-trailer accidents are becoming more common on our roadways. Commercial drivers and truck drivers often cause accidents due to sleep deprivation, overweight vehicles, excessive speed, and/or failing to use proper caution on the road. Other common factors that contribute to trucking accidents include: violations of federal regulations regarding hours of operation, cell phone usage, distraction, drug and alcohol use, improper loading, improper lighting, the pressure to make “speedy” deliveries, failure to follow DOT regulations, and negligence. The employer or company for the responsible party (or its insurance company) will initiate an immediate investigation. Even when the truck driver’s liability is fairly clear, some insurance carriers and commercial companies will attempt to dispute liability and the severity and significance of the accident victim’s injuries in an effort to limit the financial recovery. For some companies, accidents are just a “cost of doing business”.
Most large trucking companies have experienced defense lawyers and accident reconstruction experts on retainer before an accident occurs. A company’s insurer often utilizes its resources and expertise to resolve claims for the least possible settlement amount. If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle accident, it is in your best interest to retain a Tampa trucking accident attorney who has the negotiation and litigation skills necessary to pursue your claim aggressively if an insurer is unwilling to resolve your claim for the reasonable and fair value. Dereck Capaz, a Tampa personal injury lawyer, has extensive knowledge and experience handling tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle accidents. Following his time as criminal prosecutor at the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, he worked for a well-respected civil defense firm in Tampa, focusing most of his practice on tractor-trailer accidents and serious bodily injury cases. Mr. Capaz was one of the attorneys hired by large trucking companies and was on the “first response team” that was often called out to accident scenes involving death or catastrophic injuries.
The Capaz Law Firm is dedicated to providing personalized legal services to those individuals who have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another. If you have been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle and have sustained injuries, contact a Tampa truck accident lawyer at the Capaz Law Firm at (813) 440-2700.
Dereck Capaz is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.
Dereck Capaz was selected for inclusion and named in the 2009 – 2015 editions of Florida Super Lawyers.
Dereck Capaz has earned the AV-Preeminent Rating for legal proficiency and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell and lawyers.com.
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