Thousands of fuel trucks hit America’s roads every day. Many of these trucks get driven by safe, professional, and experienced drivers that have impeccable driving records. However, there are times when a fuel truck driver can fall into a negligent behavior that impacts or costs the lives of those around them.
If you need help in Macon, our fuel truck lawyers are available to provide assistance. We have years of experience helping clients reach a fair settlement. With over one billion dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements, you can trust us to fight strongly on your behalf.
Contact us today at (404) 400-4000.
Causes of Fuel Truck Accidents You Can File a Claim For
Fuel truck accidents typically occur due to negligence, either from the driver or from some other third party. The trucking company may deny responsibility, but with the assistance of an experienced Macon truck accident lawyer, you can get a settlement to pay for the damages they caused. Some of the ways fuel truck accidents happen are:
- Rollovers, which are very common due to the unbalanced nature of fuel trucks and their cargo
- Reckless driving, driving under the influence, or driving while tired
- Poor maintenance of the fuel truck
- Improperly sealed and loaded fuel
There are standards and safety regulations that surround fuel truck drivers due to the dangers of the load they carry. You can suffer from the injuries of a normal truck accident and worse due to the involvement of potentially hazardous material such as gasoline. After your accident, you can pursue financial compensation for the damages you sustained.
Fuel truck accidents are so dangerous that they are the only type of truck federally regulated through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Whatever the cause of your accident, it is essential to hold the at-fault party responsible for what happened.
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What Damages Can I Seek Compensation For?
Do not let the at-fault party get away with offering you a low settlement. Whether you pursue compensation from the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer, or the government, we can help you get your claim started and fight for all of your damages to get covered.
These damages are the most common that we help our clients obtain after suffering from a fuel truck accident.
Fuel truck accidents can not only hurt you physically through the crash but also through the hazardous materials it carries as well. While fuel is generally safe to be around in the lightest sense of the term, it is still carcinogenic and toxic for humans to receive direct exposure.
Whatever medical expenses you have incurred can get covered by the at-fault party’s insurance. Our lawyers will assist you in getting all of your medical treatments paid for in full.
Due to the size and weight of a fuel truck, it is more likely that your vehicle ends up on the chopping block compared to the truck. Cars are a vital piece of equipment virtually all people in Georgia use to get around to work, run errands, etc.
Repairs and replacement, if necessary, are critical for day-to-day function. You can get compensated for your vehicle repairs by filing a claim to get it reimbursed by the at-fault party.
Non-economic damages are a category of damages that almost acts as an umbrella term. It refers to the damages that cannot get valued through traditional methods. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These are very real damages that do not have a set value attached to them. In each case, their amounts will be different depending on the severity. After your fuel truck accident, our lawyers will help you accurately assess all of these damages so you can get properly compensated for them.
Georgia Has a Comparative Fault Law
Under Georgia’s comparative fault law, you must be less than 50% responsible for your accident in order to file a legal claim. Any percentage you get found liable will get deducted from your final settlement amount.
It is common for insurance companies and the defense to try and blame you for the accident or at least hold you 50% or more accountable for it. Alone, you may not be able to match the strength and legal resources an insurance company has to throw at you. By retaining one of our lawyers, you can help bolster your case and provide strong evidence at negotiations or trial. Most of the time, just hiring a lawyer is enough to get the at-fault party to settle out of court.
Get in Touch with a Macon Fuel Truck Accident Lawyer Today
We operate on a contingency basis, there are no upfront fees or hidden costs. If we do not recover compensation for you, you pay us nothing. For a free consultation on your case, call our law office today risk-free at (404) 400-4000.