“…because of the significant weight and mass involved with tractor trailers, accidents involving trucks frequently result in catastrophic injuries or death…” – Erik G. Abrahamson, Senior Partner
Our Tampa Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for Maximum Financial Compensation
The truck accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk provide thorough, experienced, and aggressive representation for truck accident victims and their families throughout the Tampa area. Our personal injury attorneys and legal professionals are committed to helping each client maximum compensation, and our entire team is dedicated to providing caring, personalized attention focused on each client’s individual needs.
Statistics show that there are roughly 10.5 million registered commercial trucks on the roads, operated by some 540,000 trucking companies. These trucks drive 2.7 billion miles per year, and rack up hundreds of thousands of traffic and safety violations along the way. As a result of unsafe driving, improper truck maintenance, and other issues, countless individuals suffer serious injuries and thousands of people lose their lives in accidents that truck drivers and trucking companies could have – and should have – avoided.
With over 100 years of combined experience, our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of clients pursue compensation. We have extensive experience in truck accident cases, and we want to give you the best possible chance to make a full physical and emotional recovery.
Truck Accidents Are Usually Life-Changing Experiences
A truck accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. In order to fully recover, you may need surgery and extensive long-term medical treatment. It is also possible that you will never truly be the same. You may lose significant income, and you may never be able to return to your old job. You may be forced to live your life in pain, and your relationships may suffer as a result of your traumatic experience.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we understand what it means to suffer serious injuries in a trucking accident. That is why our truck accident attorneys are committed to fight to maximize our client’s financial recovery.
How Do We Prove Who is at Fault in Tampa Truck Accidents?
Following an accident involving a semi, one of the first steps toward securing compensation is to identify the party (or parties) that are responsible for your injuries. This requires a determination of the cause of the accident – to determine the cause, you need to collect as much evidence as possible.
When you hire our Tampa truck wreclk lawyers, we will promptly conduct a thorough investigation so that we can identify the responsible parties and establish your claim for compensation. The types of evidence that we may be able to use to prove your case include:
- A report prepared by an expert accident reconstructionist
- Any photos you were able to take at the scene of the accident
- Damage to your car, the truck that hit you, and any other vehicles involved
- Road and weather conditions
- Skid marks
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- The police report
- Traffic camera footage
- Your medical records
If the evidence suggests that someone else is responsible for your injuries or your loved one’s death, our attorneys will fight tirelessly to win the compensation that you may deserve.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Due to their sheer size and immense weight, semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and other large commercial trucks are inherently more dangerous than other vehicles on the roads. They are more difficult to maneuver, take longer to stop, and can easily become out of control when something goes wrong.
When you add in the fact that many drivers are inadequately trained and exceed the driving hours permitted by federal regulations, it is no wonder that so many innocent individuals in Tampa and throughout Florida fall victim to trucking accidents every year.
Our accident law firm regularly represents victims of injuries and family members of individuals who have been killed in truck accidents caused by many factors, such as:
- Distracted driving (such as texting, reading maps, or eating behind the wheel)
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Faulty brakes, tire failures, and other mechanical problems
- Following too closely
- Improper maintenance and inspections
- Inadequate driver training
- Overloading and unsecured loads
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather or road conditions
There are many other possible causes as well. Regardless of the cause, if you have been injured and someone else is to blame, the truck accident attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk will fight vigorously for full and fair financial compensation for your accident-related losses.
Who is Responsible for Your Truck Accident Losses?
Truck driver negligence is often a contributing factor in tractor trailer and 18-wheeler accidents, but in many cases, there will be other responsible parties as well. In legal cases, our investigations frequently reveal that the following parties are to blame:
Sadly, trucking companies sometimes place saving money ahead of saving lives, and often take dangerous cost-cutting measures such as loading trucks beyond their capacity, foregoing adequate driver training, and ignoring the need for routine maintenance and repairs. When trucking companies make these types of poor decisions, we fight aggressively to hold them accountable for victims’ losses.
In some cases, a shipping company or product manufacturer may be responsible for improperly loading a truck’s cargo. Cargo issues – such as unsecured and unbalanced loads – are frequently factors in jackknife accidents and other serious truck collisions.
Repair and Maintenance Shops
If a brake failure or other mechanical issue caused the accident, a negligent repair or maintenance shop may be to blame. If the trucking company took the truck for regularly scheduled maintenance but the maintenance was performed improperly, the shop may be financially liable for your accident-related injuries and losses.
In cases involving truck defects, the truck manufacturer may be liable as well. Examples of defects that can lead to traffic wrecks include defective tires, defective brakes, and defective bed straps for securing cargo.
Other Responsible Parties
Of course, not all truck accidents are solely caused by truck drivers and truck-related issues. Did another driver make a mistake that caused the truck driver to lose control? Did another vehicle have a tire blowout that led to a pileup involving a tractor trailer? Did an issue with your airbag cause you additional injuries? These are all questions that we will seek to answer in order to help make sure that we will fight for the largest possible financial recovery for your losses.
IMPORTANT: In Florida, You Can Recover Even if You Were Partially at Fault
Importantly, Florida law allows accident victims to seek to recover damages even if they were partially at fault in the accident. Never assume that you are not entitled to a financial recovery. Legal cases are often exceedingly complex, and we have the background, experience, and reputation necessary to try to secure just compensation on your behalf.
Choosing the Right Legal Representation for Your Tampa Truck Accident Claim
When it comes to protecting your right to fair compensation after a truck accident, having experience on your side is critical. You also need a law firm with the personnel and resources necessary to do battle with the insurance companies and defense law firms that represent trucking companies and truck manufacturers. If you do not choose the right legal representation, you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage.
When choosing a law firm for your Tampa truck accident claim, here are five key considerations to keep in mind:
- Does the firm have specific experience with commercial truck accidents? At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we focus our practice exclusively on injury and death claims, and roughly 80 percent of our cases involve truck accidents and other vehicle collisions.
- Does the firm have a history of securing favorable results through settlement negotiations and at trial? Our attorneys have secured numerous settlements and verdicts, and have secured compensation for thousands of clients.
- Does the firm have the personnel and resources needed to effectively and efficiently handle your claim? With a team of 10+ attorneys and 40+ professional staff members, our firm is fully equipped to handle even the most complex commercial truck accident claims.
- Does the firm operate on a contingency-fee basis? At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, your initial consultation is free, and we guarantee that you will not have to pay any legal fees or costs unless we win your case.
- Will someone be available when you need them? We are available 24/7 to meet your needs. If you were recently injured or have questions about your rights, we want to hear from you right away.
Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Today for a Free Consultation
To learn more about your rights in a free, confidential consultation, contact the Tampa, FL law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Call 1-800-753-5203, start a Live Chat, or tell us about your truck accident online so that we can investigate your case and start helping you stand up for your legal rights today.