Any accident with a large commercial truck is scary but being hit by a tanker truck is particularly frightening. That’s because tanker trucks often carry extremely hazardous materials. In an accident, those hazardous materials run the risk of causing an explosion and fire. Regrettably, tanker truck accidents frequently result in death. If you or a family member were injured or killed in a tanker truck accident, call The Dominguez Firm right away for a free and confidential consultation at 800-818-1818.
What Kind of Injuries Can Result From a Tanker Truck Accident?
Because tanker trucks often carry hazardous materials, accident victims are more likely to suffer second and third-degree burns. Besides gasoline, these tanker trucks also transport industrial chemicals as well as non-hazardous materials like milk, water and wine. As with any collision with a large commercial truck, victims in passenger vehicles can suffer an array of major injuries and even be killed. Among the most common are:
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
How Can A Lawyer Help Me After a Tanker Truck Accident?
You absolutely should have a lawyer fighting for you after your tanker truck accident. You are entitled to a fair compensation amount to help you heal both physically and mentally. If you try to handle everything on your own, you are much more likely to be short-changed by the tanker truck company’s insurance. That can have a major negative financial impact on you and your family. This goes double if you have a long recuperation timeline or suffered permanent injuries.
You can expect to be contacted by an insurance agent for the tanker truck company very soon after your accident. Odds are they will be very friendly and sympathetic. But appearances can be quite deceiving. The insurance company is a business. Their only concern is paying out the least amount possible for your claim. And if they can get you to say anything that places some of the blame for the accident on you, then they will lower their settlement offer even more.
Frankly, don’t speak to any truck company or insurance representative after your accident. And certainly, don’t let them record any phone conversation. No law says you must do this. Instead, call the experienced truck accident attorneys at The Dominguez Firm right away so they can handle your claim right from the start.
What is My Tanker Truck Accident Claim Worth?
If you or a loved one were in an accident with a tanker truck, you could be looking at a long, expensive recovery. Also, burn injuries are common in tanker truck accidents. They are one of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer. Besides the physical trauma, there’s emotional trauma to deal with as well.
We know that no two cases are alike, but tanker truck victims often receive large settlements due to the seriousness of their injuries. Some of the factors that go into estimating the worth of a claim include:
- The length of the recovery period.
- Whether the person can return to work in the weeks or months to come.
- In the case of major injuries, whether the person will be permanently unable to work in the future.
- If there are permanent injuries, modifications to the accident victim’s home.
- Whether the person will require long-term care.
- The mental health care the person will need.
- If there were any fatalities, compensating the next of kin.
There is no specific formula or chart that gives dollar amounts for every circumstance. However, tanker truck accident victims are often entitled to six and seven-figure settlements given the severity of their injuries.
If a loved one has been unexpectedly killed in an accident with a tanker truck, you have the right to present a wrongful death claim.
Whether you are presenting a claim for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to act right away. Call The Dominguez Firm at 800-818-1818 for a free and confidential consultation. And if you’re worried that you can’t afford to hire an attorney, know that you don’t pay unless we win. So, call today!
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