Tampa Truck Accident Attorney
Trucks are some of the largest vehicles on the road and when their drivers are negligent, it puts everyone in danger. Experienced truck accident attorneys can help determine the cause of the truck accident and hold the company and its driver responsible when they are at fault. The experienced Tampa truck accident attorneys at Roman & Roman understand both the laws that govern commercial truck accidents and how the industry sometimes fails the standard of care needed to keep everyone safe.
The Role of Negligence in Truck Accident Lawsuits
In personal injury lawsuits of this name, the question of negligence determines fault. Negligence has a three-factor test for proof:
- Did the defendant owe a duty of care to the plaintiff?
- Did the defendant breach that duty of care?
- Did injuries result from that breach?
When the answer to each of these questions is yes, a plaintiff has successfully proven negligence against a defendant. In addition, there are both state and federal laws that make it easier to establish a breach of duty in truck accident lawsuits. That a truck driver and a trucking company owe a duty of care to others whom they share the road with is never in question.
We Will Conduct an Investigation
Much of the time, state and federal authorities will investigate serious truck accidents. While they do a good job, they often take their time doing it. In addition, they may spend more time investigating the truck than the driver. In the event that a state or a federal law was broken, it’s much easier to establish a breach of the duty of care. Generally speaking, the two other factors of proof for negligence are always present in truck accident lawsuits.
For instance, if a trucking company allows a driver who is unlicensed to carry a load, they are liable when this driver causes an accident. If the trucking company allows a driver who has reported health problems that could impact their ability to drive carry a load, then the truck company is again guilty of negligence.
Common Reasons for Truck Accidents
Truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel,
- The use of over-the-counter energy supplements,
- The use of illegal stimulants to stay awake while driving,
- Speeding or traveling too fast for the truck size and cargo,
- Distracted driving,
- Mechanical problems with brakes, tires, or turn signals,
- And cargo mistakes such as imbalanced loads.
Roman & Roman will not rely on state or federal investigations. We conduct our own investigation into the likely cause of a major truck accident. When the driver is negligent, the company is negligent. When the company is negligent, you are entitled to recover damages to your person and your property.
If you’ve been in an accident with a truck or lost a loved one who was in a truck accident, call the experienced Tampa truck accident attorneys of Roman & Roman at (813) 877-3234 or contact us online for a free consultation.