If you suffered critical injuries after being involved in a collision with a fuel truck, you may be unsure of what to do next. Although you may be prepared to take legal action against the liable party, identifying them and building a compelling case may be challenging when you are still recuperating from your injuries.
Fortunately, with help from an experienced fuel truck accident lawyer at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, you can recover your damages in full. Find out more about what to expect from the fuel truck accident claims process when you contact your attorney for a free consultation.
How Do Fuel Truck Accidents Happen?
Fuel truck accidents can happen in virtually endless ways. However, there are some causes of fuel truck accidents that occur more frequently than others. Examples can include:
- Dangerous roads
- Defective fuel truck or motor vehicle parts
Negligence involves any type of unsafe driving in fuel truck accidents. For example, if the fuel truck driver was under the influence, distracted, drowsy, driving aggressively, driving recklessly, or failing to adhere to traffic signals, they may be held accountable.
However, other drivers can also be responsible for causing fuel truck accidents if they fail to uphold their duty of care in operating their motor vehicles. Negligent driving is considered one of the most common causes of fuel truck and motor vehicle accidents across the country.
Dangerous road conditions are also a common cause of fuel truck accidents. When the roads are not properly maintained, and government agencies or municipalities fail to make necessary repairs, the road conditions can become so terrible they cause devastating collisions.
Some examples of dangerous road conditions that have been known to cause fuel truck and other motor vehicle accidents include:
- Failure to install traffic lights
- Failure to repair defective traffic lights
- Failure to install traffic signs
- Failure to replace missing traffic signs
- Large potholes
- Unsecured road construction zones
Defective Fuel Truck or Motor Vehicle Parts
Motor vehicle and fuel truck parts that become defective in any way can cause critical injuries if the fuel truck is involved in an accident. As soon as the manufacturer of the part becomes aware of a defective or malfunctioning part, a warning or recall should be issued.
However, in addition to vehicle parts manufacturers, there are also other parties who could be responsible for accidents caused by defective fuel truck parts. Some of these parties include:
- Auto part designers
- Auto parts suppliers
- Auto parts retailers
- The owner of the fuel truck
- The fuel truck company
- Safety inspectors
- Fuel truck maintenance technicians
Due to the fact that there are so many parties who could share fault for your fuel truck accident based on the type of collision you are involved in, it will be imperative for your fuel truck accident lawyer to conduct an in-depth investigation into the cause of the accident. That way, you can ensure all parties are held accountable accordingly.
How to Make the Liable Party Pay After a Fuel Truck Accident
After being involved in a fuel truck accident, recovering maximum compensation for your damages will be essential if you hope to take back control of your life. Your fuel truck accident attorney will review the way your accident occurred to establish liability. However, even once liability has been established, there are multiple ways in which you may be able to recover compensation for your damages.
These options may include:
Seek Workers’ Comp Benefits
If you were involved in a work-related fuel truck accident, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. If you qualify, you could be awarded compensation that will cover your medical expenses, a portion of your lost income, and in some instances, vocational rehabilitation benefits.
However, unfortunately, worker’s compensation benefits are rarely enough to meet a fuel truck accident victim’s needs. For this reason, you may also need to explore additional opportunities for financial recovery if you hope to get the most out of your fuel truck accident settlement.
File a Fuel Truck Accident Insurance Claim
Filing a fuel truck accident insurance claim may be one of the top ways to recover compensation for your damages. You may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company or that of the defendant, depending on the circumstances of your case and the state you live in. If you live in a state that follows a no-fault-based insurance system, you will always file a claim with your own insurance company due to your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
However, if you live in a state that follows a fault-based state insurance system, you will file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company. In either case, if you opt to purchase your own PIP or no-fault coverage, you may have the option of filing a claim with your own insurer. However, since filing a claim with your own insurance company may increase the amount you will be expected to pay in auto insurance premiums, you should always speak to your fuel truck accident attorney before filing a claim with your own auto insurer.
File a Fuel Truck Accident Lawsuit
Filing a fuel truck accident lawsuit is a great way to avoid the limitations that come with filing an insurance claim or seeking worker’s compensation benefits. In civil court, you have the right to be made whole.
Since there is no amount of money that is going to change the experience you had or the damages you suffered, fighting for the max may be the best way to reduce your financial stress and increase your opportunities to rebuild your life. At trial, you have the right to be compensated for every loss. This includes both economic damages and non-economic damages.
Call a Fuel Truck Accident Lawyer for Help Today
Pursuing compensation for your fuel truck accident injuries can be daunting. However, when you have a reputable fuel truck accident lawyer advocating for a total recovery of your damages, you can begin to rebuild your life.
Find out more about how much your claim could be worse when you contact an experienced fuel truck accident lawyer at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers. Schedule a free consultation today when you fill out our quick contact form or call our office.