While all truck accidents are dangerous, fuel and tanker trucks pose an added risk. The force of an accident can cause the flammable liquid that the truck is carrying to catch on fire. In some cases, the force of a crash can lead to an explosion. As such, fuel truck accidents can lead to catastrophic, even deadly harm. If you have been hurt or someone you know has been killed in a fuel truck accident, you need skilled legal counsel. Our Miami truck accident lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against any and all parties responsible for the accident.
Two People Killed in Fuel Truck Accident
Last month, two people were killed in their Chevy Impala in a multi-car crash involving a fuel truck along Florida’s turnpike. The accident was caused by the driver of a Honda Civic who fails to navigate a curve on the northbound entrance ramp of the turnpike and slammed into a Tropic Oil Co. truck, which then crashed into the Impala as well as a Ford van. Passengers of the van and the fuel truck sustained injuries. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene to contain the fuel leaking from the truck and part of the highway had to be shut down for several hours.
Liability in Fuel Truck Accident Cases
Tanker trucks are used to transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, diesel, ethanol and other industrial chemicals. As mentioned before, when a fuel or tanker truck is involved in a collision, there is always potential for a fire of explosion that can lead to devastating harm. For this reason, truck drivers must be extremely careful when operating such trucks. If a truck driver’s error, carelessness or wrongdoing causes an accident, he or she may be liable for negligence. Negligence takes place when a person fails to adhere to the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person in the same or similar situation would have adhered to, thereby causing an accident and resulting injury.
Due to the hazardous chemicals the truck is transporting, fuel and tank trucks must adhere to specific laws and regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These rules are unique to fuel and tanker trucks. It is important to note that any violation of a safety rule can be evidence of negligence as well.
Recovering Compensation for Truck Accidents
Through a negligence lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability and compensation for any other losses arising from the accident. While money cannot undo the harm you have suffered, it can pay for the losses your suffered and help you move on with your life.
Hiring a Trusted Miami Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been in a crash involving a fuel truck, you need to call a seasoned Miami truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we will scrutinize the merits of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation. With years of experience in this area of law, we know how to navigate complex Florida truck accident cases. For a free consultation, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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