Damages Caused by Tanker Truck Accidents

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Damages Caused by Tanker Truck Accidents

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Damages Caused by Tanker Truck Accidents

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Tanker truck drivers do not have an easy job. Not only do they have to drive long hours and meet some unrealistic deadlines, but they have to carry cargo that is fluid and is constantly shifting. This can make maneuvering the truck safely all the more challenging. Tanker truck accidents can be quite serious due to the potentially hazardous nature of their cargo. We have all heard about tanker truck spills causing interstates and roads to be shut down for hours while the toxic material is cleaned up. In some cases, nearby residents are evacuated in case the fumes from the spill are dangerous.

The effects of tanker truck accidents can extend beyond individuals involved at the scene of the accident. If the tanker truck cargo leaches into nearby fields, crops can be destroyed. Likewise, livestock can be seriously injured or killed and groundwater can be contaminated. All of this can result in serious injury and death. Victims in tanker truck accidents are able to collect compensation for the injuries incurred to themselves or their property. For instance, victims may collect both economic and non-economic compensation such as:

Medical bills
Long-term care
Lost wages, current and future
Damage to crops and livestock

Often referred to as pain and suffering, –non-economic compensation can vary widely from jury to jury and from state to state. Some states have put a limit on non-economic damages. In addition, punitive damages, those meant to punish, may be available in situations where the truck driver acted recklessly such as using substances while driving, falling asleep at the wheel, or working too many hours in a row without a break.

To arrive at a fair settlement, your tanker truck accident attorney will look at a variety of issues including the strength of the case and amount of fault, the severity of the injury and how long it will continue, and more. Your attorney will be able to advise as to the best course of action to collect the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

If you live in Dallas and have suffered due to a tanker truck accident, please visit Dallas truck accident attorney John Polewski at Polewski & Associates online today.

 


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If you live in Dallas and have suffered due to a tanker truck accident, please visit Dallas truck accident attorney John Polewski at Polewski & Associates online today.
 
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