Bradenton Truck Accident Attorney
According to a report in the Tampa Tribune in 2012, rates of fatal car accidents in Tampa and in Florida statewide both exceeded the national average. The Tampa area actually had one of the highest rates in the country and consistently leads Florida in this unfortunate statistic. Some of the most serious and deadly accidents come from collisions with commercial trucks, also known as big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks or tractor-trailers. Our truck accident attorneys in Bradenton have what it takes to go up against the trucking companies when the negligence of their drivers or their failure to maintain their vehicles causes serious personal injury or wrongful death in an auto-truck collision. Our Bradenton truck accident attorneys travel throughout the state of Florida helping victims of serious truck accident injuries.
Collisions with Tractor-Trailers Cause Serious Personal Injury
Commercial semi-trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the road, traveling on our streets and highways at all hours of the day and night. Because of their tremendous size and weight, any impact with an automobile, even at relatively low speeds, is likely to cause serious personal injury or death to the occupants of the smaller, lighter passenger vehicle. Unfortunately, many factors related to improper truck maintenance or truck driver error can lead to a serious traffic accident with catastrophic results. Common reasons for truck crashes include:
- Unsecured load
- Unbalanced load
- Worn tires
- Worn-out brakes
- Out-of-adjustment brakes
- Fatigued driver/falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving
- Inexperienced driver
- Texting or distracted driving
These factors aside, trucks simply have limited handling and maneuverability due to their enormous size and weight, which also limits their stopping distance and reaction time when faced with a sudden traffic emergency. When added to the numerous blind spots created by a single, double or triple-trailer, it is clear that truckers must drive with care to avoid causing a serious 18-wheeler accident.
Experienced Bradenton Truck Accident Attorneys
Trucking companies and their insurers may fight hard in truck accident cases. A common tactic is to accuse the automobile driver of being responsible for causing the accident by driving recklessly around the 18-wheeler. The knowledgeable Bradenton truck accident attorneys know how to investigate a truck accident and determine who was at fault. For instance, an inspection of truck driver logbooks and trucking company records may reveal that the driver was behind the wheel longer than Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations allow, or that the truck had not been regularly inspected or properly maintained. These investigations sometimes even show that log entries were deliberately falsified to make it seem the truck was in compliance when it wasn’t. We won’t stand for these tricks, and we won’t let our clients suffer because the truck company refuses to pay what it should.
Contact Experienced Bradenton Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident in Tampa, on the I-95, I-75, I-10 or I-4, or any city street, county road, highway or interstate throughout the state, the truck accident attorneys in Bradenton will come meet with you and let you know how he can help you recover compensation for the harm that was done to you by a negligent truck driver or trucking company. We also handle auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. Call the Romero Law Firm at (877) ROMERO-1, or contact us online for your free consultation.