Truck Accident Attorney in Tampa
Fighting for Victims Harmed in 18-Wheeler Accidents
Semi-trucks travel through Tampa every day. They may be driving down Interstate 275 to make deliveries throughout the rest of the state, or they might be making stops throughout the city to deliver goods to local businesses. No matter where you see a truck or where it’s heading, one thing is certain: Semi-trucks are dangerous.
If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the results will most likely be devastating. After all, semi-trucks weigh up to 18 tons; the average sedan, on the other hand, weighs around a ton and a half. It’s simple physics that a vehicle that big-hitting a car that small will cause serious injuries, property damage and more.
If you are injured in this type of accident, you have legal rights. At Darrigo & Diaz, our Tampa truck accident lawyers have decades of combined experience fighting against trucking companies and their insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
When you work with Darrigo & Diaz, you can benefit from:
- A Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist who is also a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Less than 5% of Florida lawyers are Board Certified.
- A team of trial lawyers, investigators, and support staff that’s used over 75 years of combined experience to recover millions of dollars for injured victims and their families.
- 24/7 availability, personalized attention, and compassionate service.
- No fees unless we win and FREE and confidential case evaluations.
Learn more about how we can help by calling (813) 774-3341.
Getting the Money You Deserve
While it’s not possible for us to say exactly how much your case is worth without evaluating your situation first, we can describe the different types of compensation, or damages, we may seek on your behalf.
The most common and straightforward type of damages is economic. Economic damages are intended to compensate you for the real money you lost because of the wreck, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more. Generally, you can prove these damages with receipts, invoices and other evidence.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, are vaguer. They deal with the losses you suffered that have nothing to do with money. These damages may include pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, mental anguish, and more. Because you can’t simply produce receipts and other evidence to prove noneconomic damages, your Tampa truck accident injury attorney will work with medical professionals, psychologists and other professionals to build a case on your behalf.
In rare instances, Florida law also allows for punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the defendant. As such, they are only assessed when the high standards of gross negligence or intentional misconduct are met. If punitive damages are assessed, they are capped at 3 times the amount of compensatory damages, or $500,000 (whichever is greater).
Who Can Be Held Accountable for a Semi-Truck Accident?
When you work with a truck accident attorney in Tampa, they will evaluate your case and figure out who is responsible for your injuries. Most often, it’s the truck driver who is to blame. They may not be driving at proper speeds, could be distracted or, in too many cases, they are driving drowsy. Drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours without rest. However, because of tight deadlines, they may ignore these regulations in order to get paid.
About a third of all truck accidents are caused by driver error. Some of the most common causes of collisions include:
- Drowsy driving
- Intoxicated/drunk driving, including the use of prescription or over-the-counter medicines
- Distracted driving, including phone use
- Illegal driving maneuvers
- Unbalanced loads
- Being unfamiliar with the truck
- Reckless or negligent drivers
In some instances, another party may be responsible for your injuries. For example, if the trucker is driving a truck owned or leased by a trucking company, that company may be responsible for regular maintenance. If they don’t conduct routine maintenance, and that causes an accident, the company may be held responsible. The company may also be held responsible if they hire a driver who isn’t qualified, or if they don’t provide proper training to drivers.
Multiple parties may be held accountable for a truck accident in some cases. Your Tampa truck accident lawyer will consider all the available options to increase your chances of getting the full compensation you deserve.
Can I Get Compensation If I’m at Fault for the Wreck?
Like most states, Florida follows a comparative negligence statute. This means you can still recover compensation if you were partially at fault for the accident. However, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage you are at fault. Let’s look at an example:
You’re driving down I-4 at night in bumper-to-bumper traffic. One of your tail lights isn’t working properly. You stop because of traffic, but the semi-truck behind you doesn’t and therefore rear-ends you. You end up with spinal cord injuries and a totaled car.
Eventually, the court hands down a decision that you are owed $100,000 for your injuries. However, the court also decides you are 30% at fault for the wreck because of your malfunctioning tail light. As such, you are only granted $70,000 in compensation.
The amount you are at fault can be difficult to determine. That’s why you should work with a truck accident attorney in Tampa to figure out all of your legal options, including whether you can feasibly file a personal injury lawsuit.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer in Tampa Can Help You
When you work with the attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz, you work with a team of trial lawyers, investigators and support staff who have over 75 years of combined experience fighting against trucking and insurance companies to secure compensation for their clients. You will also get to work with a Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist who is also a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. Less than 5% of Florida lawyers are Board Certified.
Our team doesn’t charge a dime unless we win. Give us a call at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation.