Fuel trucks pose great dangers in collisions not just because of their size and force but also because they carry highly flammable materials. If you got in a wreck with one, it may be possible to seek and secure financial recovery based on your accident-related damages, expenses, and losses.
At the Morris Bart law office, our fuel truck accident lawyers in New Orleans are ready to review your case and assess your legal options for pursuing compensation today. We may be able to help you if you suffered injuries when a tanker driver caused your crash. Our case reviews are always free.
Compensation Available With a Fuel Truck Accident Case
You may be able to recover compensation for your damages, but you will need evidence to prove that the fuel truck driver acted carelessly and is responsible for the crash. Your recovery could include a wide variety of losses and expenses caused by your accident, as well. A New Orleans car accident lawyer can establish what compensation is available.
When our law firm seeks money damages for a client, we investigate the collision, identify the recoverable losses, document them with evidence, and work with experts to estimate future or non-economic losses.
Some damages we frequently recover for our clients include:
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic losses
- Medical bills
- Future care costs
- Lost wages, benefits, and other missed income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Repairs to the damaged vehicle
- Miscellaneous expenses related to the accident or injuries
Wrongful Death Damages
It may also be possible to secure wrongful death damages if your family member died from their injuries. We can advise you about your rights and how these claims work during your free initial consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a Fuel Truck Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Liability in a Fuel Truck Collision Case in New Orleans
A New Orleans fuel truck accident lawyer from our team can build a case against a negligent fuel truck driver and their employer under La. Civ. Code Art. 2320. This statute means that liable parties in your case may include:
- The truck driver
- A fuel company
- A tanker company that hauls fuel
- A corporation that transports its own fuel
Hauling Fuel and Liquid Cargo
Fuel truck drivers and other liquid cargo truckers must take extra care, especially if they are moving a partially full tank. Trucks hauling liquids have a higher than average rollover risk that increases even further when the tank is not full.
Because fuel is so flammable, there are additional concerns about the injuries that may occur after a rollover or other serious accident in this type of vehicle. Burn injuries are common if an explosion or fire occurs.
We Can Sue for a Driver’s Negligence
Truck drivers must follow many rules and regulations, and violating them could lead to a negligence accident. We can hold a truck driver responsible if:
- There is a rule they are obligated to follow
- They fail to follow the rule
- Their failure causes a collision and your injuries
- You incurred expenses and losses as a result
Imagine you were driving in New Orleans East when a tanker truck driver changed lanes without looking and collided with your car. In this case, the driver had a responsibility to check to ensure the road was clear and failed to do so. You can file a claim based on these facts and attempt to recover compensation through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit.
Our fuel truck accident lawyers in New Orleans can review your case details today for free and help you to understand your legal options. There is no reason anyone should suffer uncompensated for the negligence of others.
Statutes of Limitations on Fuel Truck Accidents in Louisiana
As with any personal injury case, there are deadlines for suing the fuel truck driver and their employer in Louisiana. Those time restrictions include:
- One year from the day the accident occurred for injury suits under Civ. Code Art. 3492
- One year from the death of your loved one for a wrongful death action under Civ. Code Art. 2315.2
However, some circumstances may extend or shorten the deadline in a fuel truck collision case. This could change how long you can wait to get started with a claim or decide if you need to sue the liable parties.
Our law firm can help you understand the deadlines that may apply in your case. When working with our New Orleans personal injury lawyers, we can ensure your case does not miss any important deadlines.
We Have Helped Truck Accident Victims in New Orleans for More than 40 Years
A fuel truck accident lawyer at our New Orleans office may be able to help with your case. We have represented accident victims through the claims process for more than four decades, winning over 6,500 cases for our clients in 2019 alone.
We manage 15 offices across the Gulf South, helping injured people get the money damages they need to cover their accident losses. We are a contingency fee personal injury accident firm serving Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama.
We fight for our clients’ rights, seeking a fair recovery and justice for the injuries and losses they suffered. Some recent results for our clients in Louisiana include:
- $852,845: Car accident with neck and back pain and facial injuries in New Orleans, LA.
- $650,000: Drunk driving accident with many broken bones, including back, hip, and pelvis in Monroe, LA.
- $550,000: Hit and run collision with a herniated and protruding disc in Shreveport, LA.
These settlements and awards only reflect the damages suffered by the victims of these specific accidents and do not indicate the range of your potential financial recovery, even if you have similar injuries. The Morris Bart law firm can discuss your recoverable damages with you during your complimentary consultation with our team.
Reach Out to Morris Bart, LLC, About Your Fuel Truck Collision Case Today
If a fuel truck driver caused your collision in Orleans Parish, we may be able to help you build a strong case to pursue compensation for your losses. We have represented thousands of victims of truck accidents and others harmed because of someone else’s negligence.
You can reach the fuel truck accident attorneys in New Orleans at the Morris Bart law office by telephone or our online contact form. We are standing by to speak with you about your accident. All consultations are completely free and confidential.
Questions?Call (504) 613-4771
to find a Morris Bart office near you.