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How Accident Cases with Tanker Trucks Work

Trucks are considered by many people to be haulers of freight, cargo, and other solid properties. However, the duty of a tanker truck is different: from place to place, and state to state, it transports liquids and even gases to various destinations. From our fuel to gallons upon gallons of water, these tanker trucks serve as vital a role to our way of life as the others do.

Yet because of both their shapes and contents, these tanker trucks could very well be among the most dangerous of all commercial vehicles. On top of all the “normal” risks associated with 18-wheelers, these tanker trucks could also poison or burn victims in an accident. These are special circumstances, and since special circumstances call for special measures, you would benefit greatly from a lawyer helping you with your case. The truck accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have handled trucking accidents of all kinds, including tanker wrecks.


Questions answered in this article:

  • What kind of compensation can I get after a tanker truck accident?
  • How are accidents with tanker truck accidents different than accidents with regular 18-wheelers?
  • How much insurance do drivers of tanker trucks have to carry?
  • How can an attorney help me after an accident?

How are tanker truck accidents different from other 18-wheeler accidents?

Damages extend to all trucking accident claims, but there are still aspects that make incidents involving tanker trucks distinct. Perhaps the most apparent among them would be the liquid and gaseous contents carried by most vehicles of this sort: although not all contents of tanker trucks are hazardous material, many of them are, which in turn requires the best drivers in the country. Because of the various risks associated with these contents, as well as other dangers discussed below, any trucker who intends to drive one of these rigs must possess a tank vehicle endorsement in addition to the standard commercial driver’s license.

Unfortunately, the aftermath of a tanker truck wreck is proof enough why there are such stringent requirements. Victims most commonly suffer burns as a result of these accidents, be it due to flames from an explosion, having caustic liquids spill on them, or quite possibly a combination of the two. Treatment may take quite a while and if the burns are severe enough, such as of the third or fourth degree, then the harm caused could be permanent. Clearly there are several medical bills tied to such issues, but the disability caused by an amputation is – as mentioned earlier – a lifetime injury.

The dangers of the above are exacerbated when one considers the physical aspects of a tanker truck. For one, the vehicle’s sheer size complicates stopping: it cannot never be a completely sudden stop on their (the truck driver’s) part, and oftentimes it could be too late for the driver to avert a catastrophic collision. Furthermore, when liquid is in the tank, a sudden stop could amount to a sudden amount of force being applied to the front of the vehicle – a major reason why the vehicle keeps moving after the brakes are applied. The shifting of weight becomes especially problematic during roll-overs, as the rotating liquid in the tank will promote the rotation of the vehicle itself, leading to upwards to four or five complete 360 movements before the tanker comes to a complete stop.

If you were in an accident with a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials, check out this article: How Accident Cases Involving Hazmat Trucks Work

Compensation for Tanker Truck Accidents

The main thing that you need to be aware of with regard to a tanker truck accident is that these vehicles, which transport volatile or potentially explosive substances, are each required to carry a minimum of $3,000,000 in insurance. Because there is so much money on the line in these cases, tanker truck accidents are aggressively defended, requiring the most effective, efficient attorney.

It should not be surprising to anyone, least of all an accident victim, that the financial repercussions involved with a tanker truck collision are enormous. From the financial aspects to the physical, mental, and emotional, the sum of harms dealt to you is worth monetary compensation. Compensation, also known as “damages,” is financial relief that is vital to recovering losses from a life-altering experience. These recoverable losses include:

  • Medical bills: Truck accidents can instantly kill motorists, but they don’t always. Sometimes, individuals have to spend time in the hospital before they pass away or recover from injuries. These medical costs can be staggering when catastrophic truck accidents happen.
  • Loss of income: This is often the most substantial compensation. The law understands that you were depending on your or a lost loved one’s income. For example, if your wife was an accountant and died at age 35 from a truck accident, we would work to prove what she would have made over the remainder of her working life. One could also be permanently disabled as a result of
  • Pain and suffering: In our decades of representing injured victims or the families of those who have lost loved ones in trucking accidents, we have seen the emotional damage and devastation left. We can fight to secure you money not only for the payment for professional treatment, but also for your emotional injuries themselves.
  • Funeral expenses: Funerals cost thousands of dollars and are hardly ever something you plan for.
  • Loss of Companionship: Losing a loved one is obviously difficult, and the law supports individuals who will no longer have the love and support of the one who died.

In order to get to the point of being awarded compensation, an attorney must convey in clear, certain terms how the intangible can be compensated tangibly. Our system may not be perfect, but with a reasonable argument and a dedicated team of truck accident attorneys, could help you get the most compensation available.

Mindi's father lost his life when an 18-wheeler driver left the roadway and struck a parked car. Learn more about how our firm helped her pursue justice.Read more about this case >

Grossman Law Offices is ready to work for you.

Given the above, one would think that truckers would be meticulous in their driving of tanker vehicles. But this is not always the case, and may not have been true in your accident either. For that reason, it would be appropriate to get a veteran tank truck accident attorney on your side – one such as Michael Grossman. With 25 years of experience, the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have learned how to pinpoint negligence right where it rests, be it with the trucker or the company, and win you the compensation that is due to you.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in a tanker truck accident, it would befit you to seek out our services as soon as convenient. We pledge to not charge you anything unless we win, and that includes calling us, too, so reach us at (855) 326-0000 .


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