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Tampa Truck Accident Lawyers

We've Recovered Millions of Dollars for Injury Victims

Have you suffered a spinal cord injury or lost a loved one in a fatal accident involving a delivery truck, tractor trailer, bus or contractors' pick-up truck? If so, you need the skilled representation of a Tampa truck accident attorney from Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law. We have over thirty years of combined experience and have recovered millions for our clients!

We can help you seek the financial compensation for your injuries or loss that you deserve. Our firm helps clients with all types of commercial vehicle accidents, including:

  • Head on collisions with semi-trucks or 18-wheelers
  • Pedestrian and dump truck accidents
  • Pile-ups
  • Chemical burns or illness caused by improper loading of hazardous materials haulers
  • Buses, vans and tanker trucks rear ending a parked or moving car
  • City trucks colliding with cars or motorcycles
  • Other accidents involving delivery trucks, automobile carriers or city vans

It is important to our lawyers that you have the opportunity to receive the money you need to help rebuild your life, even in the wake of a serious truck accident. Let us explain what we can do to assist you when you contact one of our skilled lawyers for a free initial consultation. Our Tampa truck accident attorneys help clients throughout all of Florida.

Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?

While there are many parties who can be held liable for a truck accident, the trucking company is most often held liable. There are many reasons for this including that they are often caught encouraging their drivers to break laws and regulations in order to help save their company money and time.

A truck driver can also be held liable and usually is if accident was directly caused by their negligence such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for example. Although it happens less often, there are other parties that can be found responsible. Our firm is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to fight for you.

Federal Regulation Compliance & Florida Truck Accidents

The commercial trucking industry is under federal regulations designed to ensure the safety of truck drivers and other motorists. Failing to follow these regulations increases the likelihood of a truck accident occurring.

Our firm has handled cases involving varied failures to follow federal regulations, including:

  • Number of driving hours
  • Commercial driving licenses (CDL) requirements
  • Use of drugs or alcohol on the road
  • Proper loading procedures
  • Proper inspection and maintenance
  • Driver qualifications
  • Transporting hazardous materials

Because professional drivers are held to a higher standard of safety than the general public, we also look into the training, hiring, and safety record of the driver and company involved in your accident, or loved one's wrongful death. If any regulations were violated willfully, we will work to seek the maximum compensation from responsible party, including the truck driver, owner, and trucking company.

What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?

Because trucks cause so much damage to others on the road when an accident happens, truck drivers and the companies they work for are required to follow more regulations than other drivers. One of these rules is called the hours of service regulation which are primarily aimed at preventing truckers from being overworked, and in turn, preventing fatigued driving accidents. According to these rules:

  • Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a single workday
  • Truck drivers can only drive for 11 hours with the remaining hours being spent on rest or meal breaks.
  • Drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours at the end of each workday
  • Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Contact a Tampa truck accident lawyer at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. We are available 24/7!

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