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Powell and Espat
Your Florida Trucking Accident Lawyers

What to do when you are in a Crash With a
Tractor Trailer, Semi-Truck or other Big Rig

One out of every eight people killed in a traffic accident in the United States is killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer / semi truck or other big rig. Every year, 500,000 large trucks, or "semis",are involved in accidents on our roads. Of these, 5,000 involve fatalities and over 94,000 crashes result in injuries. Nearly 110,000 men, women and children are killed or injured each year on our highways in crashes with big trucks.


Approximately one out of every four semi-trucks, upon inspection, have been found to be so mechanically deficient, that it is illegal for them to be operating on the roadways, and they are declared out of service. These chilling statistics of injuries, deaths and illegally operating and unsafe semi-trucks are simply unacceptable. Changes must be made in the trucking industry to protect our friends, our families, and the American motoring public from these tragic trucking accidents

Truck drivers repeatedly break Federal and Florida laws by driving:

  • While fatigued – often semi truck drivers have 16-hour days which are not uncommon.
  • In excess of the amount of hours they are allowed to drive
  • With oversized trucks
  • With overloaded trucks
  • With improper maintenance to their truck or semi trailer
  • With an inability to see at night
  • Excessive speed for the weather conditions

If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced wrongful death / personal injury attorney. Since the size and weight of large trucks cause significantly more devastating damages than an ordinary car, it is crucial that the victims seek sound legal advice. There are special laws that govern the operation of large trucks. For instance, semi-trucks have limitations on the weight of their loads, on which roads they can travel and on the amount of time the driver may spend on the road. Even if the crash was partially your fault, you may still make a significant recovery for your damages. That is why it is so important to consult with an attorney experienced with personal injuries resulting from trucking accidents; one who knows the laws governing heavy trucks on Florida roads.

It is important to understand that a Trucking crash case is not like a car accident claim. There are hundreds of issues in a trucking accident case that are not even considerations with a typical car accident. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a trucking accident, make sure your lawyer is experienced in successfully handling a complicated trucking crash case, one who has handled fatal accidents. Some things you might want to consider before hiring a personal injury attorney are:

  • Ask yourself this, financially, does the lawyer have the financial ability to hire the necessary experts required to fully investigate the trucking crash case?
  • Is the lawyer able to drop what he may be doing right now to get the investigation in your trucking accident case started immediately, before critical evidence is destroyed, hidden, changed or forever lost?

The biggest mistake that most people make is to treat a trucking crash the same way they would a car accident. They are not even close. The complexities of a trucking crash are many. The investigation within the first few days are critical to protect the key evidence to win your case.

In a perfect world, the truck driver would admit his fault and you would be paid for your losses. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect and the truth is that good people, like you, often pay for the greed of the transportation companies.

With such a difficult task of proving the trucker's negligence, and the proof required to fully demonstrate your damages, you cannot afford to try and take on a team of professional investigators, the truck driver, an aggressive and experienced adjuster, AND a team of defense attorneys without having an experienced team to protect your rights. Call our office today, and find out how we can protect your rights.

304 S Plant Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606 (813) 222-2222

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Board certified civil trial lawyer Matt Powell
and experienced personal injury lawyers Mitch Espat, T. Edmund Spinks and Anita DiGiacomo

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