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When a truck accident occurs, the injuries are often catastrophic. Unlike regular vehicles, trucks are bigger, heavier, and more difficult to steer. Every year, many people die or suffer injuries in truck accidents in Florida. Even when a truck accident is non-catastrophic, victims still sustainsevere injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a truck accident due to another  party’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your injuries. Florida law allows compensation for truck accident victims. If the accident occurred due to negligent truck drivers, truck companies, or any other party, you could file a personal injury claim. Choosing the right Tampa personal injury attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve. At Shrader Law, PLLC, we can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys will evaluate your case and help you file a personal injury claim. Liable parties in truck accidents are not always willing to admit fault. However, our aggressive attorneys will investigate the accident and identify all the parties at fault.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Florida

Truck accidents can occur due to a wide range of factors. Some of the leading causes of truck accidents in Florida Include:

Negligent Truck Drivers

Truck drivers spend long hours on the road trying to meet strict delivery deadlines. Even if most truck drivers are careful on the road, fatigue could lead to errors in judgment leading to accidents. Other truck driver errors that contribute to truck accidents include distracted driving, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, ignoring traffic rules, and failure to yield right of way to other road users.

Weather Conditions

It’s common for truck accidents to occur due to poor weather conditions. Weather conditions could lead to poor visibility and make it hard for truck drivers to navigate their ways on busy roads. Adverse weather conditions that could lead to truck accidents include fog, snow, and heavy winds.

Mechanical Problems

A truck accident may occur due to mechanical problems. Transmission problems, taillight or headlight failures, steering issues, trailer detachment, and tire issues are leading causes of truck accidents.

Poor Road Conditions

Poor road conditions could lead to truck accidents. A truck driver may cause an accident while trying to evade potholes or other road defects.

 

Liable Parties in a Truck Accident

Several parties may be liable in a truck accident. However, it's not easy to establish a fault after an accident. Our Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case and identify the party to blame. Some of the potentially liable parties in a truck accident are:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • Companies responsible for repairing and maintaining the truck
  • Parties responsible for loading the truck
  • Truck manufacture and components manufacturers
  • Cargo owners, loaders, and distributors

 

Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

After a truck accident, the steps you take will impact your rights and ability to seek compensation. Some of the crucial steps to take after a truck accident are:

Seek Medical Attention

It’s advisable to seek immediate medical attention after a truck accident. Your injuries might seem minor at first only to realize later that you suffered extensive injuries. Upon seeking medical treatment, request your doctor for a copy of the medical record detailing your injuries. The medical report will assist your Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorney, to prove the extent of your injuries.

Collect Evidence

If you are in a position to move around without suffering more injuries, you should collect evidence from the truck accident scene. If possible, take photos of the truck and your vehicle wreckage. If you aren't able to take pictures, you may request another person to do it on your behalf. The evidence will assist your Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorney while seeking compensation.

Contact the Police

It’s always important to contact the police immediately after a truck accident. The police will come up with an accident report which will act as evidence for your injury claim.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Don’t wait too long after a truck accident to contact an attorney. When you contact Shrader Law, PLLC, our experienced attorneys will start working on your case immediately.

Exchange Contact Information

It’s important to exchange contact information with other parties involved in the accident. Before leaving the accident scene, ensure that you obtain the contact information of available witnesses.

 

Proving Fault/Negligence in a Truck Accident

For you to seek compensation after a truck accident in Florida, you have to prove several elements of negligence. With the help of your Tampa personal injury attorney, you can prove that:

  • The defendant owed you a reasonable duty of care.
  • The defendant breached or failed to honor the duty of care.
  • The defendant's breach of the duty of care caused the truck accident that consequently made you suffer damages.

 

Speak to a Reliable Personal Injury Attorney

To receive just compensation after a truck accident, you need to have enough evidence to prove the defendant was negligent. Our attorneys have assisted truck accident victims in seeking compensation. If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney at Shrader Law, PLLC, for the best legal representation.

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