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Fuel trucks accident attorneys in California

Fuel trucks refers to the large tankers also known as tanker trucks, gas trucks, or simply just tankers. They are designed to carry liquefied loads and usually stretch several feet.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hazardous materials (HazMat) regulations relating to fuel trucks, and the California Air Resources Board places strict requirements on large trucks. When one of these trucks is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is not only an environmental disaster but also places all of the people involved at significant risk.

California Fuel Truck Accident Attorney

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a fuel truck accident in California? Make sure that you contact an attorney before you speak to any insurance company.

The May Firm will guide you through the entire claims process and work to make sure that you recover every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

Causes of Fuel Truck Accidents

Some fuel trucks are much longer vehicles that can be subject to many different kinds of accidents. Types of accidents tanker trucks can be involved in may include, but are not limited to:

  • Jackknife Accidents
  • Blocking Accidents
  • Overloaded Vehicles
  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Override Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Underride Accidents
  • Wide-Turning Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents

The actual underlying cause of an accident may be somewhat difficult to determine. Some accident scenes can make recovery of evidence very difficult.

Fuel truck accidents may have causes that include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsecured loads
  • Inclement weather
  • Mechanical defects
  • Brake failure
  • Driver fatigue
  • Inadequate driver training

The May Firm will immediately commence an independent investigation of your accident. We will work will accident reconstruction specialists to uncover the specific cause and identify all liable parties.

Fuel trucks have to be strictly maintained, and many accidents can stem from a truck owner’s failure to adequately care for their vehicle. Other accidents could also lead to other parties being liable, such as the manufacturer of a defective part or the maintenance company that did not perform a necessary service.

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Types of Fuel Truck Accident Injuries

Fuel trucks are often carrying gasoline, but some may be carrying industrial chemicals. These kinds of accidents are extremely dangerous for the people involved because fires are exceptionally common.

Fires can often lead to a person suffering second- or third-degree burn injuries that may cause possibly disfiguring injuries. Accidents involving chemicals can also lead to chemical burns.

Other types of injuries in fuel truck crashes include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Fractures

You will very likely be contacted by an insurance company for the fuel truck soon after your accident, and you should avoid saying much of anything to the representative who contacts you, no matter how nice or sincere they might seem. All insurers are out to minimize the amounts they pay injury victims, and you need to know that anything you say can be and will be used against you.

The insurance company could even offer you a lump sum settlement right away and say something about how you could keep more money for yourself because you would not have to split it with a lawyer. The problem with this argument is that the settlement being offered is almost certainly well short of the true value of the claim, so you will want a lawyer who can negotiate a full and fair settlement or file a lawsuit when necessary.

Contact a Fuel Truck Accident Attorney in California

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a fuel truck accident in California, you deserve justice. The May Firm will fight to make sure every negligent party is held accountable.

It will cost you nothing to have our firm handle your case because we only charge legal fees when you obtain a financial award. We can help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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