Expert Tanker Truck Accident Lawyers
Munley Law has more than 60 years of experience in dealing with tanker truck accidents. Our attorneys have dealt with the trucking companies and their insurance companies in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. We are the leaders in trucking law nationally and we have been ranked as by our peers as among the Best Lawyers in America. We have had some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the country for trucking accidents and have helped hundreds of trucking accident victims, just like you. Please call us today for a FREE case evaluation of your tanker Truck accident case at (855) 866-5529. We can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can also fill out our online contact form or click on our Chat button to chat with a representative right now.
Tanker truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and death. Tanker trucks are often used to haul hazardous, highly flammable liquid, which can erupt into flames and may cause an explosion. Many people involved in car accidents with tanker trucks suffer severe burns and smoke inhalation injuries. Injuries resulting from an accident with a tanker truck can be extremely expensive to treat and cause long-term pain and suffering. Injured tanker truck victims can face painful and expensive recovery. Broken limbs can leave a tanker truck accident victim unable to work for weeks or months. More severe injuries, such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury, can mean a lifetime of medical bills and physical therapy. The tanker truck accident may completely change life for the victim as well as their spouse, children and other loved ones.
Tanker Truck Accident Lawsuits Require Trucking Law Experts
Tanker trucks, which are also referred to as gas trucks, fuel trucks, and tankers, are large vehicles that transport liquids and gases such as gasoline, diesel, ethanol, asphalt, sewage, and household petroleum-based products. Tanker trucks also carry consumer products like milk, liquid sugar, wine, water, and juices.
Not all tanker trucks are the same–tankers have different features depending on the product that they are transporting. They can be pressurized, insulated, and designed for multiple or single loads.
Tanker trucks are used to transport hazardous materials, including:
- Industrial Chemical
- Household petroleum-based products
Tanker Trucks Pose Unique Dangers on the Roads
There are many reasons why Tanker Trucks and all large trucks cause wrecks. Often the reason is negligence or recklessness on the part of the truck driver or trucking company, such as:
- Aggressive driving or tailgating
- Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limits
- Long work shifts / unrealistic travel schedules
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving, such as cell phone use
- Impaired driving (i.e., alcohol and drug abuse)
- Failure to inspect tires, brakes and lights
- Truck wear and tear
Tanker truck rollovers
Because tanker trucks often carry flammable, corrosive, poisonous, or otherwise hazardous materials, tanker-truck rollovers and spills are particularly dangerous. Factors that contribute to rollovers and spills often include:
An improperly filled tank: If the tank is not filled properly, its liquid contents will move freely inside of the tanker truck. This can cause the truck’s weight to shift and make it very difficult for the driver to control.
Speeding around a curve: Tanker trucks have a high center of balance, and because the liquid cargo moves as the truck moves, tanker trucks can tip or rollover when a driver speeds around a sharp highway curve.
Improperly trained drivers and mechanics: Tanker trucks must adhere to a specific set of regulations different from other tractor- trailer trucks. Because of the hazardous nature of the loads, Tanker Trucks must meet strict engineering guidelines and mechanics for these vehicles must be specially trained.
Stopping short: Tanker trucks require much more time and distance to come to a complete stop than other vehicles. When a trucker stops short, the velocity of the liquid contents of the truck’s cargo can cause dangerous weight and energy imbalances.
If the tank is not filled properly, the liquid will move freely inside of the Tanker Truck and cause its weight to shift and making the truck very difficult to control. The driver may also lose causing the rollover Tanker Truck to roll.
Tanker Trucks must adhere to a specific set of regulations different from other tractor- trailer trucks. Because of the hazardous nature of the loads, tanker trucks must meet strict engineering guidelines mechanics for these vehicles must be specially trained.
Negligence on the part of the driver or the people responsible for filling the tanker truck tank and can result in a tragic accident. Owners who hire the drivers or enforce training protocols can also be responsible for a tanker truck accident.
Why Do Victims of Tanker Truck Accidents Need a Lawyer?
Insurance rarely covers all of the losses and expenses that result from a tanker truck wreck. Trucking, hauling and leasing companies often seek to minimize a victim’s compensation payments by disputing victims’ claims. Trucking firms and insurance companies often use tactics that can add to the trauma and expense of being in a tanker truck accident or crash.
When negotiations fail to achieve adequate funds for victims, the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the tanker truck company is the proper course of action.
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Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You With Your Tanker Truck Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tanker truck, you may have a right to recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The tanker truck accident attorneys of Munley Law have dealt with trucking firms and their insurance companies in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for more than 60 years, and we want to help you.
When negotiations fail to achieve adequate funds for victims, the pursuit of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the representatives of the tanker truck is the proper course of action.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a Tanker Truck, you may have a right to recover money for your medical costs and other losses. The Pennsylvania, New York and New jersey truck accident lawyers of Munley Law would welcome the opportunity to represent you and your family. Call us today at 844-686-5397 or use on online contact form. We provide FREE consultations and we only collect a fee if we win for you.
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