Home to a large percentage of the nation’s oil fields and one of the busiest seaports in the country, Texas has more than its fair share of tanker trucks. Every day, thousands of these trucks crisscross the state, many departing from or destined for the Port of Houston. From gasoline to water, from industrial chemicals to household petroleum-based products, these trucks can carry thousands of gallons of liquid (weighing up to nearly 80,000 pounds) while sharing the road with ordinary passenger vehicles.
While all types of commercial trucks present risks for other motorists and their passengers, tanker trucks can be particularly dangerous. Along with the limited maneuverability that comes with their immense size and weight, the requirement for tanker trucks to be properly loaded and pressurized makes them particularly susceptible to rear-end collisions, rollovers, and certain other types of accidents. If you have been injured or someone you love has been killed in an accident with a tanker truck, the responsible parties deserve to be held accountable.
Aggressive Texas Tanker Truck Accident Lawyers
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we provide experienced and aggressive legal representation for victims of tanker truck accidents. Our tanker truck accident attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and have successfully represented clients in matters involving more than $1 billion. Injuries from a tanker truck accident can have consequences that last a lifetime, and to protect your health and your financial future, it is critical to stand up for your legal rights. We know what it takes to take on the big oil and trucking companies, and if you have a claim we can help you win the compensation you deserve.
Leading Causes of Tanker Truck Accidents
There is a lot that can go wrong with tanker trucks, and it only takes one small issue to cause a major accident. When we investigate tanker truck accident cases, we focus on identifying all of the factors that contributed to the accident so that we can secure compensation from all of the parties responsible. This could mean filing a lawsuit against the trucking company (for example, if the truck driver had spent too many hours behind the wheel); or, it could mean taking legal action against multiple parties for negligence, truck defects, and other issues.
Some of the primary issues we look for in tanker truck accident cases include:
- Malfunctioning truck and tank components
- Tank loading and pressurization issues (including overloading, underloading, and failure to pressurize partially-filled tanks)
- Tanker Truck driver negligence (such as speeding, merging errors, and distracted driving)
- Tanker trucking company negligence (such as hiring untrained drivers)
- Violations of federal tanker truck safety regulations
Regardless of what happened, it is important to collect evidence in support of your claim as soon as possible. To help preserve your claim for maximum compensation, schedule a free consultation today.