Tanker trucks, also commonly known as oil trucks or gas trucks, are massive vehicles with tanks that carry different fluids, ranging from water and liquid oxygen to gasoline. Tanker trucks often carry fuel and other flammable liquids to its final destination, such as gas stations.
Everyday, we share the roads and highways with various kinds of commercial trucks, including tanker trucks. Similar to any other commercial truck, tanker trucks cause their own share of accidents. Unfortunately, accidents involving tanker trucks can quickly change from a small incident to a catastrophic situation.
A top-heavy tanker truck is often more prone to rollover accidents, and can quickly crush a smaller vehicle in case of a collision. Tanker trucks carrying gasoline or any other flammable liquid can also spill its load in an accident, which can cause large flames and dangerous explosions. The simplest collision or crash can possibly turn into an emergency. When fuel from a tanker truck is being on or off-loaded, nearby bystanders also face the possibility of an explosion or fire should gas vapor escape and ignite.
Common causes of tanker accidents
Among some of the more common causes of these accidents are driver fatigue, driver’s lack of experience or training, driver’s disregard for traffic laws and signs, speeding, improperly loaded cargo, mechanical failure, poor truck maintenance, poor weather conditions, and road obstructions.
If you or someone dear to you is involved in a tanker truck collision or crash, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Also consult with a personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options. As a victim of a tanker truck accident, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Hiring a New Jersey Tanker Truck Attorney
At The Grossman Law Firm, our knowledgeable and highly experienced attorneys have been representing victims of personal injury cases for several years. We have handled all forms of vehicular accidents, including cases involving tanker trucks.
Our tanker accident attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case in order to determine if you have a proper claim, and will discuss all possible legal options with you. We will gather the data and evidence necessary to support your claim, and will help you recover damages for your injuries and losses. More importantly, we will help you regain a sense of dignity and control throughout this difficult time, as we will fight for your rights and have your best interests in mind at all times.
If you have been injured or involved in a commercial truck accident, call The Grossman Law Firm at 1-877-996-5529 as soon as possible.