If you have been involved in an automobile accident that involved a semi-truck (or other large truck), a Tampa truck accident lawyer can help you recover from your incident in order to life as you know it. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that, in 2013 alone, over 3,000 people died as a result of truck accidents that occurred in the United States. This number is 14 percent higher than the number of deaths that occurred in 2009. Only sixteen percent of 2013 truck accident deaths were truck drivers or passengers, a 31 percent increase from 2009. 67 percent were drivers or occupants of passenger vehicles and 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. Experts consider the lesser braking capability of large trucks and truck driver fatigue as high-risk factors that could lead to serious accidents. However, even the most careful drivers can find themselves injured in an accident. If an injury that you sustained in a car or truck accident is affecting your ability to enjoy life, a Tampa car accident lawyer offers the legal representation you need in order to get your life back in order.
There are many causes of truck accidents that lead to serious injury or death every day. Truck driver fatigue is an enormous problem. Many companies pay truck drivers per mile traveled, which means that the greater the difference traveled, the higher a driver is paid. This pay system pushes truck drivers to drive for as long as possible in order to meet strict deadlines, which often leads to fatigue, which can lead to a loss of focus and concentration, which makes operation of a vehicle extremely dangerous. Distracted driving is also a huge problem, whether it occurs on the part of truck drivers or passenger vehicle drivers. Long hours on the road can lead to boredom, which can lead drivers to seek some sort of entertainment in order to alleviate this boredom. Devices such as radios, cell phones, and mp3 players are common distractions that commonly lead to auto accidents. Falling behind on routine maintenance can also lead to accidents. Damaged tires, faulty engines, and worn braking systems can all make large trucks dangerous to operate, which can lead to serious accidents that can result in grave injury.
Recovering from Injury — Tampa Car Accident Lawyer
When you are dealing with an injury (or the unfortunate death of a loved one) due to a car accident, a Tampa car accident lawyer possesses the knowledge and experience needed to successfully earn the compensation you need to pick up the pieces. An injury can render you unable to work due to the risk of exacerbating the injury or merely a physical inability to perform the work, which only makes matters worse as medical bills and other living expenses continue to pile up. If a loved one has passed due to the accident, then funeral costs and other final expenses come into play. If you find yourself in either of these situations, a Tampa truck accident lawyer can represent you throughout the entire legal process in order to secure the compensation that you need to handle all the problems that have arisen due to a serious truck accident.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa truck accident lawyer, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at (727) 231-5420 or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation from an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover from injury with the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.