I am Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. from Diaco Law. I have over 20 years of experience as a lawyer in Tampa, Florida. As a Floridian and a lawyer, I have witnessed local roadways becoming more crowded with trucks used for commerce and an increase in the number of traffic fatalities and major accidents involving the vehicles.
Trucking companies are under pressure to deliver products throughout the United States expediently and for as little as possible. To do this, they often try to do too much with too little and ignore the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Truck drivers are known drive drowsy, a practice that is akin to driving while intoxicated. Required vehicle maintenance checks are rushed through or skipped. Commercial vehicle operators will also travel at speeds that are not advisable for the conditions, leading to 23% of all commercial vehicle accidents.
A truck can weigh as much as 32,000 lb. when it is empty and more than 64,000 lb. when it is loaded, it is much larger and heavier than the average passenger car. This means when a truck gets into an accident, the results can be life-threatening and disastrous. Truck accident injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries.
Part of the work after an accident includes consulting medical professionals to identify all immediate care requirements, like physical therapy and cosmetic surgery. An effort is also made to understand how your injuries will impact your ability to work in the future. Maximum compensation will be pursued against the liable parties for:
- Medical needs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering.
Commercial vehicle accident claims are more complex than Florida car accident claims because they involve multiple people or entities who potentially may be found to be legally liable for covering losses. The driver is an obvious defendant, but the trucking company could be found accountable if the actions of their driver were unintentional and were committed within the scope of their employment.
If you would like further information about a Tampa truck accident injury claim or car accident injury claim, call Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. at Diaco Law 888-SOS-FIRM, or you can find him online at Diacolaw.com.