Understanding Truck Accidents

While all accidents are dangerous, truck accidents can be particularly devastating. They cause more severe injuries and are more complex in nature. Understanding how truck accidents happen and how they differ from car accidents is essential when dealing with a truck accident case. If you’ve been in a truck accident in Tampa, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who understands these types of accidents to handle your case and get you the compensation you need to recover.

Truck Accidents Differ From Car Accidents

Due to their size, large trucks cause more damage and more severe injuries than cars in an accident. Truck accident cases are also more complex than car accidents and may involve multiple parties including the truck driver, the truck company, or the vehicle manufacturer. An experienced truck accident lawyer understands how each of these parties may be liable for your accident and will hold them accountable.

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Truck Accidents Have Specific Causes

Like car accidents, truck accidents can be caused by a wide range of things from driver distraction to driver error. However, truck accidents have several causes that are specific to driving large trucks.

  • Tired Driving: Tired driving is more likely for truck drivers because they work such long hours. This can lead to a slowed reaction time or even falling asleep at the wheel. And while hours are strictly regulated, truck drivers don’t always follow these regulations.

  • Improper Loading: Drivers who fail to properly load cargo risk having the cargo shift while in motion. This can cause the truck to jackknife, meaning the truck’s trailer swings to a 90-degree angle and the driver loses control of the truck.

  • Improper Maintenance: When drivers fail to properly maintain their trucks, this can lead to things like tire blowouts or brake failure and cause major accidents.

  • Wide Turns: When trucks need to make turns, they often make very wide turns to compensate for the size of the truck. Sometimes they get too close to smaller vehicles when making these turns and the smaller vehicle gets crushed between the large truck and the curb.

  • Blind Spots: Such large vehicles have large blind spots, making it difficult for truck drivers to see other vehicles on the road. When large trucks change lanes and do not see other vehicles in their blind spot, accidents can occur.


Contact an Experienced Tampa Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Tampa, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We understand truck accidents and will thoroughly review your case to determine who’s at fault and hold them accountable. We want you to get the compensation you deserve to recover from your accident. Call (813) 280-5555 for your free consultation.

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$202,230,000.00

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.

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$2,000,000.00

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.

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$878,000.00

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.

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$1,125,000.00

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.

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$567,661.36

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.

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$593,333.00

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.

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$200,000.00

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.

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$760,000.00

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.

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$375,000.00

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.

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$273,000.00

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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