Truck Accident Law Firm

Personal Injury & Civil Trial Practice

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Dereck Capaz,  & Laura Turbe Capaz,

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Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer

Representing Injured People in Tampa and Throughout Florida

The road is full of commercial vehicles including construction vehicles, semi trucks, delivery trucks and tow trucks. And unfortunately, these large vehicles can cause devastating accidents that leave innocent victims with serious injuries that require expensive medical treatment. Victims may also suffer from lost wages if they are unable to work due to their injuries. At the Capaz Law Firm, we represent clients who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents and will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. 

Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

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”.

It’s important to note that the commercial vehicle driver may not be the only party held accountable for your accident; the driver’s employer and the vehicle manufacturer could also be held accountable depending on the circumstances of the accident.

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    In fact, commercial vehicle companies often keep defense attorneys and accident reconstruction experts on retainer because they know that they can be held accountable for an accident. Therefore, they are prepared to investigate your accident immediately, often before you have a chance to seek medical treatment and well before you have had time to contact a lawyer for yourself. It is the defense attorney’s job to minimize the compensation paid to accident victims like you. That’s why it’s so important to contact a personal injury attorney soon after your accident. Your attorney will represent your best interests by fighting to get you the fair compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

    An Experienced Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Fight For You

    Tampa personal injury lawyer Dereck Capaz has extensive knowledge and experience handling commercial vehicle accidents. Following his time as a prosecutor at the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, he worked for a well-respected civil defense firm in Tampa and focused most of his practice on vehicle 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. He understands these types of accidents and will fight aggressively to hold the negligent party accountable.


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    The Capaz Law Firm, P.A. is committed to providing individual attention and working hard to achieve our clients’ goals. The firm focuses its practice in the areas of civil litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury, including tractor-trailer accidents, auto accidents and catastrophic injuries.

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    The Capaz Law Firm is honored to be recognized for our commitment and consistent work in the practice of personal injury law. Through recognition from our peers, attorney rating services, and national publications, The Capaz Law continuously provides vigorous representation to its clients while maintaining the upmost level of integrity and professionalism. Below are some of the significant recognitions that we have earned.

    • Proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

    • Earned the AV-Preeminent Rating for legal proficiency and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell and

    • Selected for inclusion and named in the 2009 – 2020 editions of Florida Super Lawyers.

    • The Capaz Law Firm was named to the University of Florida’s 2019 Gator100 for the second consecutive year.

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    Top Rated Lawyer Tampa Florida
    Super Lawyers
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    Top Verdict Accident Lawyer

    Recent Case Results

    Our priority is to obtain justice for our clients and to help them move forward with their lives after a serious injury. We work tirelessly to obtain the full compensation our clients deserve. We make a commitment to our clients and if we are privileged enough to represent you and your family, we will do everything in our power to fight to achieve the best results.

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    Drunk driver crossed into Plaintiff’s lane of travel causing the crash. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time and trapped inside the vehicle until she was extricated. The heavy impact caused a placental abruption, cutting off the oxygen supply to Plaintiff’s unborn child. As a result, the child sustained a traumatic brain injury.



    Defendant truck driver drove through a stop sign and crashed into the client’s vehicle. Initially, the defendant truck driver denied liability and tried to hide insurance coverage. The trucking company, who employed the driver and owned the truck, tried to hide data but we were able to obtain independent evidence.



    Defendant was using a social media application while driving at an unlawful rate of speed, and he crossed into the client’s lane of travel. The crash resulted in a fractured leg and broken clavicle. The insurance company failed to act in good faith and paid extra contractual money.



    Defendant was speeding and crashed into our client, a pedestrian. Our client sustained an injury to his head and fractured ribs. He was treated at the hospital and subsequently referred to doctors for treatment until he obtained a full recovery.



    Client was driving his motorcycle when the Defendant, who was driving an SUV in the opposite direction, made a left turn directly in front of our client’s travel path and struck his motorcycle. Our client sustained tibia and fibula fractures. Initially, defendant denied liability. The court granted Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment as to liability, and the jury awarded the Plaintiff a verdict in the amount of $567,661.35.



    Clients were passengers in a vehicle involved in a rollover accident, and the defendant driver denied liability. One client suffered wrist and heal fractures, and the other client suffered a slight concussion. The court granted the Plaintiffs’ Motions for Summary Judgment as to liability. Both clients reached a full medical recovery. We were able to reduce all outstanding medical bills to a minimal amount, thus, maximizing the gross recovery for the clients.



    Client was riding his bicycle at night on Tampa Street, when a vehicle struck him while it was merging onto the road. Client sustained a broken clavicle. The defendant driver denied liability and claimed that our client was responsible for the accident because he did not have a proper light attached to the front of his bike. The defense hired an accident reconstruction expert to argue that our client was liable for the crash. The jury disagreed and assigned 85% fault on the defendant driver.



    Client was sideswiped by a driver causing his vehicle to roll. He was transported to the hospital with a compression fracture and was recommended surgery. The client was very active and fit prior to the crash and, thus, felt reluctant to surgery. Client was referred for a second opinion, and, ultimately, client recovered with a brace and physical therapy. After our thorough coverage investigation revealed multiple insurance policies applicable to the incident, we were able to negotiate a significant recovery from three of four insurance companies just before trial. The fourth insurance company disputed insurance coverage and refused to respond to the lawsuit filed on behalf of our client. A judgment was obtained and the insurance company filed a Declaratory Action, which resulted in a jury verdict in favor of our client and accessing costs against the insurance company for wrongfully denying the claim.



    Clients were involved in an automobile accident with resulting injuries. The insurance company claimed the injuries were soft tissue and pre-existing, and presented a very low offer of less than $15,000. However, the auto accident resulted in surgery for one client and physical therapy for the other client. Ultimately, we recovered $375,000.00 on behalf of our clients. Our office worked to have the clients’ medical bills significantly reduced; thus, maximizing the gross recovery for the clients.



    Pedestrian was struck while standing outside of his truck in a gated neighborhood and sustained a broken collar bone. The insurance company failed to act in good faith when it failed to timely resolve the claim. We alleged that the failure to act in the best interest of the insurer’s own insureds was tantamount to bad faith. The Court ordered arbitration, and an independent arbitrator heard arguments presented by both sides and ultimately awarded the Plaintiff $273,000.00. The insurance company subsequently agreed to resolve the matter for a negotiated amount that included resolution of any attorney’s fees and costs.

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