Fuel tanker accidents can be devastating to victims, who are usually motorists and their passengers. Due to the enormous size, weight, and center of gravity that a fuel tanker possesses, colliding with one could be catastrophic. Fuel tankers, in particular, can be especially dangerous to other motorists due to the type of cargo they are carrying.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a fuel tanker, you may be entitled to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Austin personal injury attorneys of Loewy Law Firm for a free consultation. Call (512) 280-0800 today.

Types of Fuel Tankers

There are a variety of fuel tankers that regularly pass through the Austin area. Each tanker is designed specifically for carrying a certain type of fuel. Some common types of fuel tankers include: 

Causes of Tanker Truck Accidents

Tanker truck accidents can be caused by a variety of negligent behaviors. While the driver typically has some part to play, there can be other entities whose negligence results in an accident. Some common causes of tanker truck accidents include: 

Injuries Caused by Fuel Tanker Accidents

Fuel tanker accidents can cause traumatic injuries, given their size, weight, and the force of the impact on other vehicles in a collision. Some common injuries caused by fuel tanker accidents include: 

Who Is Liable?

Determining liability in tanker truck accident cases is not always straightforward. While it may seem obvious that the driver is at fault, there could be other entities that share some part or all of the blame when a tanker truck accident occurs. 

The truck driver: In most cases, the truck driver is responsible for the crash. This could be because they were speeding, engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, got distracted, were intoxicated, or were negligent in some other way. However, most truck drivers are covered by insurance purchased for them by the company for which they drive.

The trucking company: In some cases, the trucking company could be held at least partly liable. If they hired an inexperienced driver or failed to properly maintain their fleet, it’s possible that they could be partly responsible. 

The maintenance company: If the trucking company outsources the maintenance of the truck to a maintenance company, and that company fails in their duty of care to ensure that the truck is safe for use, then they could be held liable for any accidents that occur due to poor maintenance. 

The cargo loaders: Cargo loaders could also be held responsible if they failed to properly or safely load the fuel tanker. 

Manufacturers: If any defective parts led to the accident, then it is possible that the manufacturers of those defective parts could be held liable. 

Compensation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a fuel tanker truck, you may be entitled to claim compensation to help you cover the cost of damages related to the accident, including: 

Truck accidents can be complex to investigate, especially considering the fact that there may be two or even more liable parties involved. You should consult with an experienced fuel tanker truck accident attorney, who will have the knowledge, time, and resources to fully investigate the accident, identify the liable parties, and aggressively seek compensation on your behalf. 

How Loewy Law Could Help

If you have been involved in a fuel tanker accident in the Austin area, the Loewy Law Firm is here to help. Our expert team will evaluate your claim, gather evidence to help support it, and work tirelessly on your behalf to pursue the compensation you need to recover financially. 

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (512) 280-0800.