Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer
The trauma of a truck accident can leave victims with debilitating injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, a work disability, and crippling medical bills. All of these damages should be covered by the negligent party so that the trauma that you are left to recover from does not end up being financial as well as physical, emotional, and psychological. The Tampa truck accident lawyers at Palmer | Lopez are here to make sure that you are treated with respect by the other party, and are compensated fairly for your immense damages. We will get to the bottom of how the crash occurred, and will maximize your compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
Truck Drivers Have Less Incentive to Avoid a Collision With You Than You Do With Them
It can be scary being next to a large semi-truck trailer on the highway, and for good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), year of most recent data:
● 4,317 people were killed in collisions with large trucks;
● 116,000 people were injured in collisions with large trucks;
● Non-occupants (pedestrians and cyclists) are being killed by large trucks at higher numbers than any other time within the last decade;
● 83 percent of fatality victims during large truck collisions are passenger vehicle occupants and non-occupants. Truck drivers only make up 17 percent of the casualties.
The last statistic is possibly the most revealing when it comes to how and why large truck collisions occur in the first place. Because truck drivers are protected in most cases due to the massive size difference between their vehicle and a passenger vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist, there is less incentive for a truck driver to use the type of self-protective caution necessary to avoid collisions at all costs. Generally, the larger the size of the vehicle, the more aggressive the driver becomes, which is seen even in passenger vehicle collisions. SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans make up just over one third of passenger vehicles, yet are involved in over half of all passenger vehicle to passenger vehicle collisions, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA ranks the aggressivity of vehicles as follows:
1. Full size vans;
2. Full size pickups;
4. Small pickups;
6. Large cars;
7. Midsize cars;
8. Compact cars; and
9. Subcompact cars.
Because a large truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be 60-feet-long (not even including oversize semi trucks), the aggressivity of truck drivers can, though may not always, be a driving factor in how your collision was caused.
Common Large Truck Crash Causes
● Driver distraction;
● Driver aggression or impatience;
● Overloaded cargo;
● Faulty brakes or tires;
● Intoxicated driving; and
● Drowsy driving.
A Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You Today
Whether the driver was drowsy, a gust of wind pushed their trailer into your path, or the driver suddenly merged into your lane without warning, our lawyers will help you seek compensation that you deserve. Trucking companies often have large insurance policies, which means there may be a considerable amount of money for you to pursue. These finances are heavily guarded by insurance adjusters, which is why you need to call Palmer | Lopez at 813-967-8505 today to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa truck accident lawyer.