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Seattle Fuel Tanker Truck Accident Lawyer

Fuel tankers transport fuel and other liquid materials around Washington and the rest of the United States. Any tanker carrying fuel is flammable, and thus an accident with one of them can result in catastrophic damage and even death. Because of the contents of fuel tankers, damage can often occur in a matter of seconds, leaving very little time to remove yourself from the scene of the accident to get to safety.

If you’ve been injured in a fuel tanker accident or if a loved one has died due to an accident with such a vehicle, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your damages. A Seattle fuel tanker accident lawyer at Herschensohn Law is ready to assist you as you recover from your injuries and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

Reach out to us at (206) 588-4344.

A Seattle Fuel Tanker Accident Attorney at Our Firm Can Serve You

Don’t worry about whether you can afford to hire one of our Seattle truck accident lawyers to work on your case—you can. At Herschensohn Law, we take fuel tanker crash cases on contingency, so we don’t require any upfront or out-of-pocket fees. We will only get paid if you receive compensation.

Under this payment structure, we will offer the following legal services:

  • Collecting evidence
  • Requesting black box data, employee records, and other information from the trucking company
  • Obtaining a copy of the crash report
  • Establishing who was responsible for the accident and your damages
  • Speaking to the insurance company on your behalf
  • Filing your lawsuit within the deadline that RCW 4.16.080 sets
  • Taking your case to trial

Damages You Can Seek in a Washington Fuel Tanker Collision Case

You may recover various damages after getting hurt in a fuel tanker accident, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Medical expenses for past and projected care
  • Mental anguish
  • Vehicle repair costs
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Compensation can help you through treatment and cope with your injuries without additional financial worry.

Wrongful Death Damages

Because of the nature of fuel tanker accidents, victims could die as a result of the crash. When this happens, the surviving family members have a right to recover compensation as a result of their loss.

When you file a wrongful death case, your attorney can work with you to list out damages you may recover, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future income
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

The surviving members of the estate will want to recover compensation, but they will also want to mourn the loss of their loved one. The lawyers of Herschensohn Law have helped families recover compensation in wrongful death claims and lawsuits, and we can work on your behalf to make sure that you receive what you need.

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Causes of Fuel Tanker Accidents

What Are the Common Tanker Truck Accident Injuries?

In Washington, severe weather can have an impact on roadways, which can lead to a higher chance of accidents. However, like with most motor vehicle accidents, fuel tanker accidents generally occur due to driver error, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Some common causes of these crashes are:

Driver Fatigue

Truck drivers tend to work long hours, which can lead to fatigue. Many drivers operate vehicles tired at some time or another. While this state is always dangerous, it is particularly dangerous in large, heavy, and flammable vehicles.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving, such as texting and driving or daydreaming, can lead the fuel tanker driver to make a sudden movement, which can cause a rollover. Rollovers occur when the contents of the tanker move with enough momentum to cause the vehicle to tip over on its side.

Speeding

Truck drivers should generally drive slower than other drivers. It takes them a long time to come to a full stop, and they must be extra careful when operating a vehicle with heavy cargo.

If truckers are driving too fast for conditions and need to stop unexpectedly, they may rear-end other drivers. What’s more, an abrupt stop could shift the cargo and have the contents leak, potentially leading to serious property damage and injuries.

Other Causes of Fuel Tanker Accidents

In addition to these common causes, fuel tanker inspections may not be as thorough as necessary, which can lead to dangers on the road. All tankers must undergo safety inspections to ensure that their parts are up to date and in good working order.

If someone misses anything that causes the tanker to be involved in an accident, the tanker company could be responsible for the accident.

What Are the Common Tanker Truck Accident Injuries?

Dangers of Fuel Tanker Accidents

Because of the contents of their cargo, fuel tankers can cause devastating damage. Common results of tanker accidents include:

  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Leaks and spills that can lead to explosions

Depending on the nature of the accident, a fuel tanker could burst into flames immediately, or it could spill contents onto the road, which can result in dangerous road conditions. If you were hit by a fuel tanker, the impact itself can cause serious damage to you and your vehicle, but the damage can get even worse if the tanker tips or is punctured in some way.

Fuel tankers that explode on roadways can sometimes send flames into nearby neighborhoods or businesses, which can cause serious property damage.

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Work with Our Seattle Fuel Tanker Accident Attorney in Washington Today

After a Seattle fuel tanker accident has upended your life, you should not have to suffer financial hardship. You deserve to recover compensation for any damages you sustained as a result of the other party’s negligence. At Herschensohn Law, our team of Seattle fuel tanker accident attorneys is ready to work on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve while you recover from your injuries. When you’re ready to seek legal assistance following an accident with a fuel tanker, contact our firm at (206) 588-4344. We give free consultations to all prospective clients.

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