Tampa Tanker Truck Accident Lawyer
Tanker trucks are the ones that have a large cylindrical rear container to carry fuel and other liquids on the road. Much of the cargo carried by tanker trucks is considered hazardous. When a tanker truck is involved in a traffic collision, there is a likelihood that these hazardous materials will be spilled on to the roadways. In addition to causing environmental damage that could take years to clean up, there is the immediate danger that other individuals in the vicinity may be injured. At Matassini Law Firm, we help tanker truck accident victims seek compensation. Compensation helps cover the financial costs such as medical bills and lost wages during recovery as well as taking into account non-economic damages such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tanker truck accident, our Tampa tanker truck accident lawyers can help.
Common Tanker Truck Injuries
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Internal bleeding or organ damage;
- Fractured bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Burns from chemicals or fires;
- Smoke inhalation;
- Radiation; and
The Dangers of a Tanker Truck
In addition to the potential hazardous chemicals being transported in the tanker truck, there are many other aspects that make these crashes more dangerous. The additional weight can make them extremely heavy. The size of the vehicle also makes it harder for a driver to see others on the road or brake. Tanker truck accidents are more likely to occur when:
- The driver is fatigued because they are pushing to get cargo to its destination in time;
- A driver is distracted and not focusing on traffic around them;
- A driver is exposed to some of the toxic chemicals they are transporting;
- The tanker is exceeding its weight limits;
- The tanker is still being driven despite failing safety inspections;
- The trucking company failed to properly train the drivers; and
How a Lawyer Can Help with Compensation
If you have been injured in a tanker truck accident, you may not have even been conscious or you may have been immediately taken away in an ambulance. A lawyer can return to evidence such as police reports, crash scene photos, witness statements, traffic cameras, property damage, and driving logs to determine who should be held liable for your injuries. It may be just the tanker truck driver or the trucking company may also share in the liability. Once we understand who is responsible, we will determine what your case is worth and negotiate for the best compensation possible with the insurance companies.
Call A Tampa Tanker Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a tanker truck accident, it is time to be in touch with the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Matassini Law Firm. We understand how to handle complex trucking claims and understand that they are accompanied by serious injuries with high dollar compensation amounts on the line. As you focus on recovering, we will work hard to collect evidence and begin the legal process. Call us at 813-217-5715 to schedule a free consultation.