If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident involving a tanker tractor trailer in Jacksonville Florida, contact an attorney who specializes in truck accident litigation, when you are able to discuss the particulars of your case and entertain legal actions you may need to take if negligence was involved.
Tanker trucks increase roadway accidents and deaths.
Tanker trucks may be more dangerous than regular large trailer carriers because of the weight distribution and the type of substance they are carrying, such as hazardous materials including flammable liquids or other toxic substances that, when spilled, affect larger numbers of people and are more difficult to contain.
Responsibility may fall on driver or carrier company.
If negligence is a factor in a roadway accident involving a tanker truck, it will be important to discover whether the dangers to other vehicles was caused by the driver alone, or a lack of action taken by the carrier company, including, but not limited to lapses in maintenance or proper tanker inspections.
Training and current CDL licensure.
Drivers of big rigs and tankers must have proper training and licensure to handle and maintain their carriers in a safe manner. It is the law to have a commercial drivers license if you want to drive a load-carrying vehicle.
Clean driving records.
Commercial driver’s records can show ticketed repeat offenses including speeding or improper maintenance of vehicles. Vehicle maintenance citations are also important to monitor.
Tanker driver actions that may reduce accidents include:
- Controlling surges – liquid surges can cause trailers to roll over when braking even though some tanks have baffles that control forward and backward surges, they do not control side to side movement. Consistent brake pressure can assist in surge control.
- Maintaining long stopping distances – a simple measure that will allow more reaction time, and decrease the likelihood of an impact.
- Drive smoothly to keep liquid from moving around too much and upsetting truck balance.
- Avoid skidding by driving with control, and moving slower in bad weather situations.
- Observe speed limits to make certain you are driving safely for the type of roadway you are traveling. This will also allow more reaction time to other vehicles or road and weather situations.
Commercial Motor Vehicles require additional liability insurance under Florida Statute 627.7415. Florida Statute 627.7415, and Bodily Injury Insurance. Certain trucks and commercial vehicles in the State of Florida must carry bodily injury liability coverage, which is additional protection against claims from others for personal injuries an accident with a truck.
Accident victims can file a personal injury claim under Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law. If there are extensive personal injuries, or wrongful death claims, legal action can be pursued where fault will need to be determined, by utilizing the “pure comparative negligence rule” meaning that if a party is responsible for any part of the activities that led to your injury, compensation will be adjusted in accordance with the percentage of fault assigned to each driver.
Contact an attorney.
Compensation will be based upon multiple factors including property damage and bodily injury, liability insurance including uninsured motorist coverage, lost wages, loss of income, medical bills, wrongful death and the percentage of fault assigned to all accident parties. A Florida personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accidents will be able to assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to an accident that caused extensive damages and death.