Tampa Truck Accident Attorneys
With Interstate 4 crossing the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach, and Interstate 75 running through Tampa from southern Florida on its way to the northern tip of Florida, Tampa receives its fair share of commercial vehicle traffic, including 18-wheeler tractor-trailers moving through the region day and night. Unfortunately, the presence of so much semi-truck traffic increases the risk of serious truck accidents and the catastrophic injuries that follow. The year 2016 saw 2,497 truck crashes in Hillsborough County, accounting for 659 injuries and 16 deaths. Tragically, the numbers of truck accidents in the county are on the rise and have been increasing between nine and 12 percent annually for the past several years, as the plague of distracted driving inflicts truck drivers as well as other motor vehicle drivers.
The enormous size and weight of commercial motor vehicles means that truck crashes are likely to visit catastrophic injuries or wrongful death on the occupants of smaller cars that collide with them. At Rinaldo Law Group, our Tampa truck accident lawyers have decades of experience recovering full compensation to help accident victims with the most serious injuries deal with the tremendous costs and challenges they face after being harmed by the negligence of another. If you have been injured in a Tampa truck accident, call our office for a free consultation on your claims.
Federal Truck Safety Regulations Demand Safety but are Routinely Ignored
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is charged with making truck safety a priority on the roads. The FMCSA issues regulations regarding the licensing of truckers and how long they can be behind the wheel between rest breaks, as well as demanding routine vehicle inspections and maintenance, and limiting how much cargo can be loaded on a trailer and other important aspects of truck safety. Sadly, these regulations are so often ignored that during annual roadside inspections, thousands of trucks are immediately pulled from service due to issues with the truck drivers and their rigs. Some of the most common failures of truckers and trucking companies that lead to serious truck accidents include:
Negligence of Truck Drivers
- Distracted Driving
- Driving while Fatigued
- Falling Asleep at the Wheel
- Driving under the Influence of Drugs and Stimulants
Negligence of Trucking Companies
- Out-of-Adjustment Brakes
- Bad or Missing Brake Components
- Worn-out Tires
- Unbalanced Loads
- Overloaded Trailers
- Non-Working Signals
At the Rinaldo Law Group, our Tampa truck accident attorneys know how to build a strong case that proves the negligence on the part of truckers and trucking companies, including reviewing logs and records for safety violations and uncovering when those logs have been intentionally falsified to evade responsibility for complying with the law. We do everything we can to help truck accident victims get the care and compensation they need to deal with their serious injuries.
Help is Available after Serious Tampa Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Tampa, call the Rinaldo Law Group at 813-831-9999 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Tampa truck accident lawyer.