Get the Help You Need from a Boca Raton Tanker Truck Accident Attorney
Tanker truck accidents often result in serious, if not life-threatening, injuries. When fully loaded, tanker trucks can weigh more than 30 tons. Even when their tanks are empty, tankers are still far heavier than ordinary cars, trucks and SUVs. The sheer weight of these trucks not only increases their risk of being involved in an accident, but it also increases the risk of serious or fatal injuries when an accident occurs.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a tanker truck accident, it will be important to have an experienced Boca Raton tanker truck accident attorney on your side. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation, but you will need an experienced attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. At The Grife Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing truck accident victims and their families. We can use this experience to protect you, and we will do everything we can to recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
The Anatomy of a Tanker Truck Accident
When a tanker truck driver makes a mistake or a component on a tanker truck malfunctions, a normal driving scenario can suddenly turn into a life-or-death situation. Tanker truck accidents often happen quickly—before drivers have an opportunity to protect themselves and their passengers. Here is an overview of the anatomy of a typical tanker truck accident:
1. A Driving Mistake or an Issue with the Truck Triggers the Accident
Usually, a driving mistake or an issue with the truck will trigger the accident. Safely driving a tanker truck requires skill, precision and constant focus on the task at hand. It also requires the truck to be properly pressurized and in good working order, as issues with the truck itself can cause even highly skilled truck drivers to suddenly and unexpectedly lose control.
Some examples of driving mistakes and issues with tanker trucks that can lead to accidents include:
- Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for current traffic or weather conditions
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Tailgating other drivers
- Braking to harshly (causing the tanker trailer to jackknife)
- Failing to pressurize the liquid cargo in the tank
- Tanker truck defects and maintenance issues (i.e., tire blowouts and brake failures)
2. Drivers and Passengers Are Helpless to Protect Themselves
Once a tanker truck driver makes a mistake or an issue with the truck causes the driver to lose control, other drivers and passengers will usually be helpless to protect themselves. Side-impact collisions, rear-end collisions and jackknifes are all common, and they can all happen in the blink of an eye. In most cases, there is nothing that car, truck and SUV drivers can do to avoid an out-of-control tanker truck.
3. Drivers and Passengers Will Typically Suffer Serious or Fatal Injuries
Even though car, truck and SUV drivers and passengers are rarely to blame for tanker truck accidents, they will usually bear the brunt of the consequences. Tanker truck accidents often cause serious and catastrophic injuries; and, tragically, they will prove fatal in some cases. We handle cases involving all types of injuries, and you can hire an experienced Boca Raton tanker truck accident attorney at The Grife Law Firm to help you seek just compensation for:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Loss of digits or limbs
- Neck injuries (including whiplash)
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Wrongful death
How We Can Help After a Serious or Fatal Tanker Truck Accident in South Florida
Whether you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one, there are several ways we can help you after a tanker truck accident in South Florida. When you choose The Grife Law Firm to represent you, we will:
Put an Experienced Boca Raton Tanker Truck Accident Attorney on Your Side
When you choose our firm to represent you, you can feel confident knowing that you have an experienced Boca Raton tanker truck accident attorney on your side. We have a proven track record of successfully representing truck accident victims and their families. You will work with your attorney throughout the process, and your attorney will help you make informed decisions every step of the way.
Collect the Evidence We Need to Prove Liability
Once you engage our firm to represent you, we will work quickly to gather the evidence we need to prove liability. This may involve a variety of steps, from sending an investigator to the scene of the accident to obtaining video footage, truck maintenance records and driving logs, and various other forms of document.
Collect the Evidence We Need to Prove Your Long-Term Costs
We will also collect the evidence we need to prove your long-term costs. Tanker truck accident victims and their families are entitled to just compensation for all of the financial and non-financial costs of their injuries or their loved one’s wrongful death.
File All Available Claims on Your (or Your Family’s) Behalf
Once we have the evidence we need, we will file all available claims on your (or your family’s) behalf. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, this may involve filing a claim against the trucking company, the tanker truck’s manufacturer and/or a variety of other parties.
Secure a Settlement if Possible and Go to Court if Necessary
Our primary focus will be on helping you obtain a favorable out-of-court settlement. We will negotiate on your behalf, and we will discuss any settlement offers with you in detail. If you do not receive an acceptable settlement offer, then we will go to court to fight for the financial compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
Request a Free Consultation with a Boca Raton Tanker Truck Accident Attorney
To speak with a Boca Raton tanker truck accident attorney at The Grife Law Firm, call 561-998-0770 or contact us online today. Your initial consultation is completely free, and you pay nothing unless we win your case.
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