San Diego Tanker Truck Accident Lawyers
Have you or a loved one ever been injured in an accident caused by a tanker truck? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries you suffered as a result of the accident. The experienced San Diego truck accident attorneys of Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers can help.
Any traffic accident is a scary event, but an accident with a large commercial vehicle can be terrifying. And the victims of these accidents are left with lingering effects, both physical and financial. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Our firm, Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, is one of the top personal injury firms in San Diego County. We handle cases like this every day, which is why we are called the San Diego Truck Accident Attorneys.
If you’ve been injured in a tanker truck accident and aren’t sure where to turn next, contact the compassionate attorneys of Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers. We will discuss your case with you and help you figure out what your next best steps would be. Your initial consultation is free. Don’t handle this frightening experience on your own. Call today.
Why Are Tanker Truck Accidents Complex?
A tanker truck may also be referred to as a gas truck or fuel truck. It is a motor vehicle designed to transport liquids or gases on the roadway. Because of their massive size and ever-changing center of gravity, they are highly susceptible to a rollover accident as the liquid moves around inside.
An accident with a tanker truck is likely to be a devasting event. Aside from the impact of the commercial vehicle, there is potential damage from the cargo they are transporting inside their truck. The impact is likely to be widespread due to the potential leak of the liquid or gas beyond the actual collision.
The human and environmental results of an accident of this type are likely to impact more than just the occupants of vehicles directly connected with the accident. The best way to protect yourself and your family and minimize any impact upon you is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable firm with the know-how to resolve your case.
Tanker truck accidents are complex due to the number of potentially liable parties involved, the potentially hazardous materials that were carried by the tanker, and more. You need a lawyer with a specific skill set to manage all the details of your case and obtain compensation for you. We have that skill set.
Why Choose Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers to Handle My Case?
Our firm focuses on personal injury cases because we are driven to help victims recover compensation to rebuild their life. You are suffering physically and emotionally with no clear direction on how to move past the accident. At Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, we understand what you are going through, and we want to help.
We have been practicing since 2000 and opened our law firm in 2007 with the desire and passion to help as many people as possible. We have helped clients reach multi-million-dollar settlements in resolution of their cases, and we are not done helping.
Being the victim of an accident is a terrible position to be in, and it’s hard to figure out who is actually on your side. We get it because we’ve seen it happen to others. We refuse to let our clients be taken advantage of. We would love to help you.
When you hire Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, you become a part of our team. We work with you to build your case and will seek full and fair compensation for your injuries. We realize this situation is a weird and overwhelming experience. There are many nuances to legal matters, and we want to ensure that you have the best representation possible so that you can recover, both financially and physically. We are here to guide you through the legal issues so that you can focus on what is truly important: your health.
Our team of experienced attorneys has been highlighted in publications locally and throughout the United States. We have won a variety of awards, including being named to the Top 100 by the National Trial Lawyers Association, being named to Avvo, and earning an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. When you hire us, you hire experience and tenacity.
We are kind and understanding with our clients, but we’re also straight-shooters. We will tell you the truth about your case, even if it may not be what you want to hear. We can be aggressive with the defense when we need to be to resolve your case.
We can investigate and handle your case as if we are going to trial. This type of thorough preparation allows us to approach the opposing party from a position of strength. Our opponents know us and know that we won’t back down. We will take them to trial if we can’t come to an appropriate settlement agreement. Going to trial will cost them money that they don’t necessarily want to spend.
You shouldn’t suffer because someone else was negligent behind the wheel. We can help you seek justice and be compensated for all that you’ve suffered. We’re here for you and want to relieve the burden you’re feeling about how to proceed with your claim.
Possible Compensation After a Tanker Truck Accident
You shouldn’t have to worry about the accident causing you financial headaches. When you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages. You could recover economic damages, which include things like medical bills and lost wages.
You might also be able to recover money for pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. An experienced tanker truck accident lawyer knows how to calculate the value of your claim and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Regulations Do Tanker Trucks Have to Follow?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) makes the regulations for tanker trucks and other commercial vehicles. In addition to having a valid commercial driver’s license, there are certain endorsements a driver must have to be qualified to drive a tanker truck. The driver must take and pass a knowledge test to receive this endorsement from the FMCSA.
According to the FMCSA code, in order to obtain a tank vehicle endorsement, each applicant must have knowledge of the following:
- How to properly use emergency systems;
- Variations in the construction of different types of tank vehicles;
- How to brake properly when the tank is full, partially full, or empty;
- Knowing what effects cargo surges have on the way a tanker truck handles, what causes them, and how to prevent them;
- How to handle both non-baffled and baffled/compartments or tank interiors;
- How a tanker truck is affected by the curvature or grade of a road when it is full, half-full, and empty;
- How cargo surge is different for different densities of liquids;
- Knowledge of the retest and marking rules for specific DOT tank vehicles; and
- Other routine operating procedures and practices applicable to tanker trucks.
Commercial vehicle drivers are held to a higher standard than non-commercial vehicle drivers. Tanker truck drivers are held to yet a higher standard because of the potentially hazardous cargo they carry. Both the driver and trucking company have a duty to use extreme caution when operating a tanker truck on the roadway.
Top Cargo Tank Facility Regulations
Cargo tank facilities are inspected to verify that the appropriate rules and regulations are being followed. The FMCSA requires these inspections and publishes their results, together with the section of the regulations that have been violated. These are some of the items for which these facilities are inspected:
- Hazmat employees require retraining every three years
- Pressure retest of equipment may be required upon request
- Training records of employees must be kept for 90 days after termination
- Leakage tests must be performed as required or requested by inspectors
There are strict requirements that commercial vehicles and the facilities from which they operate must abide by. Tanker trucks are more stringently regulated than other types of commercial vehicles
Hiring an attorney who is experienced in these regulations is crucial to a successful case outcome. Because we know the regulations, our firm is able to pinpoint any violations that could have been the cause of the tanker truck accident. The details of the case matter and knowing what to look for in the investigation will help us pinpoint who the actual at-fault parties were. Here at Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers, we have the experience you need to win.
Call Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers Today
We offer a free initial case review to all our new clients. Our team is available 24/7 to discuss your case, and we want to hear from you. We will be your partner in the courtroom and in the community we share in San Diego County. Our attorneys remain by your side through the entire legal process. You are not in this alone.
If you’ve been injured in a tanker truck accident, contact the caring lawyers of Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers today. We offer each client personalized one-on-one attention. We’ll take time to get to know you because you matter to us. Call us today for your free case evaluation at . You don’t have to go through this alone.