Tampa Truck Accident Attorneys Help in Your Recovery
Determined representation for injured parties in the Bay Area
In 2016, there were more than 41,000 commercial vehicle crashes in the state of Florida. Almost 2,500 of those commercial truck crashes happened in Hillsborough County. When a tractor-trailer crashes, especially at a high speed on I-4, I-75, or U.S. 41, the destructive power is enormous, and catastrophic injuries and death often result. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck crash in the Tampa Bay area, Sessums Law Group can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Drawing on more than 35 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys pursue your case aggressively to deliver the best possible outcome. While you are working to recover from your injuries, we provide personalized legal counsel to give you peace of mind and deliver results.
Common types of commercial truck accidents in the Tampa area
Because it’s more difficult to prove liability in a truck accident than an auto accident, you should retain an attorney with experience in commercial truck accidents as quickly as possible. Your attorney can then begin the investigation into your accident, using qualified accident reconstruction experts who can preserve as much evidence as possible.
Our attorneys and our network of experts have experience with a wide variety of tractor-trailer accidents, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Undercarriage collisions
- Jackknife accidents
- Head-on collisions
We also manage litigation related to secondary injuries resulting from fuel fires and exposure to caustic chemicals or other toxic substances. The success of your case relies greatly on how well your attorney can manage all aspects of the litigation. When you work with a board-certified civil litigation attorney with vast experience in personal injury cases, you have accomplished legal counsel at your side through every stage of your claim.
Determining causation in Tampa truck accidents
The trucking industry is highly regulated, but companies and drivers routinely violate state and federal rules related to drivers’ hours behind the wheel, required training, and regular maintenance. It isn’t unusual to learn that a truck’s brakes failed inspection shortly before an accident. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Aggressive driving, including speeding
- Driver distraction
- Drowsy driving
- Equipment failure, including brake failures
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers
- Tire blowouts
However, just because a truck was in an accident, you can’t assume the truck or its driver was responsible for the accident. Other causes of truck accidents include:
- Passenger-car driver negligence
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
To prevail in a truck accident lawsuit, you must be able to prove:
- Negligence — This means that someone other than you was careless, and their carelessness caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
- Strict liability — If a defective truck part caused the accident, the manufacturer of the part is responsible. In most products liability cases, you don’t have to prove carelessness (negligence); you only have to prove the defect existed and the defect caused the accident.
In a personal injury or wrongful death case arising from a truck accident, you can expect the trucking company’s insurance provider to be represented by lawyers who defend the company aggressively. That will make it nearly impossible to get a fair settlement unless you have an experienced truck accident attorney fighting on your side.
Contact an accomplished Tampa lawyer for your truck accident case
Insurance companies defend truck accident claims aggressively. So, if you’ve been seriously injured in a collision with a truck, you need a capable and determined accident attorney fighting for you. Call Sessums Law Group today at 813-435-5058 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Tampa office.