Tanker trucks such as gas and oil trucks are a common sight on our roads, particularly areas with nearby gasoline stations. These massive commercial vehicles often have large cylindrical tanks that carry various fluids such as water, gasoline and liquid oxygen.
In the event of gas-filled tanker truck accident, there is the risk of fire and explosion, apart from the crushing impact that may also occur. In most gas and oil truck accidents, the injuries are almost always severe, if not fatal. A tanker truck accident involving a gas truck or an oil truck can leave victims suffering damages such as short-term or long-term injuries or disabilities, costly medical bill, reduced earning capacity or lost wages, destroyed or damaged property, pain and suffering, and mental anguish and strife.
Due to their sheer size, weight and high center of gravity, these tanker trucks can be difficult to control, especially when they are full. They are prone to rollover accidents, which is why commercial truck drivers are required to undergo special training and obtain driving certifications in order to operate these potentially dangerous vehicles.
If you or someone dear to you is injured or involved in an accident with a tanker truck, then contact a truck accident attorney from The Grossman Law Firm as soon as possible.
Causes of Gas and Oil Truck Accidents
Similar to other large commercial trucks, gas and oil trucks pose to be at risk for serious accidents. A simple collision involving a gas or oil truck can quickly turn into a catastrophic situation.
Top-heavy gas or oil tanker trucks are often more prone to rollover accidents, as they can quickly crush a smaller vehicle in a collision or crash. Drivers of tanker trucks, as well as nearby individuals, also face the possibility of fire or explosion should gas vapor escape from the vehicle and ignite as fuel is being on or off-loaded from the truck. Gas or oil trucks can also possibly spill their load in an accident. The spilled contents may possibly ignite and cause uncontrollable flames and large explosions. The simplest of truck crashes can turn into an emergency situation.
Injuries Sustained in Gas and Oil Truck Accidents
Oil and gas truck accidents can cause serious, and at times, even fatal injuries. Examples of common injuries sustained in commercial truck accidents are head trauma or injuries, back injuries, brain injuries, internal bleeding, burns, short-term or permanent disabilities, bruising and lacerations, or loss of vision or hearing.
If you or someone you know is involved in a gas or oil truck accident, immediately seek medical attention. You should also consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible in order to determine if you are eligible to file a claim.
Legal Representation from The Grossman Law Firm
At The Grossman Law Firm, our attorneys will protect your best interests and will help you determine whether you have a proper claim. We provide a free initial consultation to accident victims in order to allow them to explore their legal rights.
Our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys at The Grossman Law Firm have been successfully representing clients for many years. Our attorneys are very familiar and comfortable with handling all forms of personal injury cases, including commercial truck accidents.
Our experienced attorneys will take care of gathering the evidence and data necessary to support your claim. We will interview witnesses and hire professionals to help you with your case. We will help you recover damages in the form of monetary compensation. We offer our legal services on a contingency basis. You only pay for us when we win your case and you are paid.
We are available for you 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. We can start evaluating your case via phone and email, so for a free consultation, call The Grossman Law Firm today at 1-877-996-5529.