Determining Fault for 18-Wheeler Accidents

Tampa 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney

Accidents involving 18-wheelers can be horrific. Their massive size makes them much more dangerous and destructive than the average-sized vehicle in an accident, leaving innocent victims with devastating injuries or worse. And while these accidents may sometimes seem unavoidable, a thorough investigation can uncover the cause of the accident and subsequently who’s at fault. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an 18-wheeler accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida, you have a right to investigate the accident and file a claim for damages against the at-fault party.

Get a Thorough Investigation of Your 18-Wheeler Accident

Determining fault is essential to help innocent victims file a claim for damages to cover things like medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, wrongful death or property damage. For a claim or lawsuit to be successful, you must prove that the accident was caused by negligence. Police will investigate after the accident, but sometimes an independent investigation is needed to ensure all evidence is gathered in a timely manner, before it disappears. Therefore, it may be necessary to reexamine the accident scene and the truck involved, or to obtain blood test results from the truck driver and gather new witness testimonies. An experienced accident attorney can help make sure your accident is thoroughly investigated so you will have the evidence necessary for your claim.

Know the Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Truck accidents can happen for many of the same reasons as regular traffic accidents. For example, things like driver’s fatigue, drug and alcohol use, speeding and distracted driving are pretty common. However, there are some other causes that are specific to 18-wheelers. For example, truck drivers are subject to strict guidelines for things like the amount of hours they can work, the proper way to load their trucks, proper driving maneuvers and more.

An accident attorney with experience in 18-wheeler accident cases will be familiar with these regulations and will know what to look for when investigating your accident. Your attorney will also understand that sometimes the cause of the accident leaves more than one party at fault. For example, if the accident was due to defective equipment, the manufacturer could be at fault. However, if the driver knew about the problem and did not stop to fix it, the driver, his employer and the manufacturer could be considered at fault. When dealing with these types of accidents, you need someone by your side who has the knowledge, skills and experience to represent your case properly.

Contact an 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney in Tampa

If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida, contact the Capaz Law firm. We understand the complex nature of these cases and will perform a complete investigation of your accident. We also know how difficult life can be after an accident. That’s why we will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable and get you the compensation you deserve. Call (813) 280-5555 for your free consultation.