Grand Junction Tanker Truck Accident Attorneys
Operating a tanker truck comes with significant responsibilities. The contents of these vehicles can range from biofuels to commercial paints to dangerous chemicals, all of which can cause serious property damage and injuries in a collision. Drivers must be prepared to operate their vehicles safely in all scenarios. When they fail to do so, it puts everyone on the road in danger.
If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent tanker driver, you may be eligible for compensation from the driver’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, insurance companies will fight hard to avoid paying you proper compensation for your injuries, which is why you need a Grand Junction tanker truck attorney who will fight harder and smarter for you. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our experienced legal team has decades of combined experience recovering millions of dollars for our clients. We are not afraid to stand up to big insurance companies during settlement negotiations or jury trials. Let us fight for you. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to talk about your case in a free consultation.
Tanker trucks contain some of the most dangerous cargo on Colorado roads and, depending on the type of cargo, may be required to have specific certifications and follow strict trucking regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires vehicles transporting hazardous materials to have a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP), which includes placing a warning symbol on the side of the tanker if the material is flammable, toxic, radioactive, or explosive. A truck can have multiple permits and should be appropriately labeled with placards to warn other drivers of the dangers of a spill or collision.
Hazardous materials that require safety permits include:
- Gases, including flammable, explosive, and toxic gases
- Flammable liquids and solids
- Oxidizers, which can cause fires and explosions
- Toxic, poisonous, or infectious materials
- Radioactive materials
- Corrosive acids and bases
Even if a tanker truck is not required to have a safety permit, there are other types of cargo that can cause damage in serious truck accidents. Water, paint, cleaning fluid, and cement can all catastrophically injure drivers and pedestrians in a spill. No matter how common a tanker truck’s cargo is, truckers should always operate their vehicles safely.
Tanker trucks present many of the same dangers as tractor-trailers, but also come with the added risk of rolling over. Rollovers occur when a truck’s weight shifts from side to side, causing the vehicle to tip over during sharp turns and at high speeds. Within tanker trucks, liquids are more likely to shift from side to side when the tank is underfilled. Filling up a tank fully weighs the vehicle down, while an underfilled tank can slosh and be more difficult to control.
Rollovers are likely to spill hazardous material onto a roadway and present serious risks to nearby drivers, pedestrians, and homeowners. Fires and explosions can catastrophically injure or kill innocent bystanders, while toxic chemicals can get into the air or groundwater, leading to serious illnesses.
The weight of the tanker truck can also increase the risk of accidents. A fully loaded tanker truck is harder to stop, and truckers must exercise care when coming to intersections. Speeding, making dangerous turns, and carelessly changing lanes can very easily cause a collision.
Tanker truck accidents are often the result of driver error, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel or driving while drowsy
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to check blind spots
But a commercial truck driver is not the only party who can be found liable for an accident. Trucking companies have a duty to ensure their drivers are competent, their vehicles are well maintained, and their hazardous materials are secure. Failing to follow regulations, including receiving safety permits, can make the trucking company liable in an accident claim.
In addition, the facility that filled up the tanker truck may also share liability. Loading crews may have improperly filled up the tank, resulting in a rollover, or failed to seal the tank, leading to a spill. If you were injured by a tanker truck accident, we will go to work to find out exactly who is liable so you can file a personal injury claim against them for compensation.
Recovering compensation after a trucking accident is an uphill battle, even if you have clear and convincing evidence. Truck companies and their insurance providers will fight tooth and nail to avoid taking responsibility for a crash. They may try to place blame on another party, or argue that road conditions or the weather caused the collision. In any case, it is important to work with an experienced Grand Junction personal injury attorney who can hold the trucking company or driver liable for a tanker truck accident.
If you or someone you love was injured by a tanker truck driver, reach out to us at Peters & Nolan, LLC. We’ve spent decades standing up for accident victims in our community and getting them compensation for their injuries. As trial attorneys, we are well-versed in going head to head with big insurance companies. Do not let them bully you into accepting a small settlement. We will fight to get you the highest possible award. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to get a free case evaluation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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