Meridian Tanker Truck Accidents
When operated improperly, tanker trucks pose a deadly risk to those sharing the road with them. Not only can they be 20 times the average weight of a standard size car, but they also often carry large quantities of highly flammable or toxic chemicals that could explode, catch fire, or emit toxic fumes after a collision occurs. Victims of tanker truck accidents may sustain permanent burns, lung damage, paralysis, or other long term personal injuries. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a tanker truck accident, contact one of the Meridian truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. For over 25 years, our attorneys have been representing motor vehicle wreck victims and their families against large truck companies to recover the compensation they deserve. NST lawyers are experienced in handling the complexities of tanker truck accident cases, and we are willing to discuss your legal options with you today.Recovering After a Tanker Truck Accident in Lauderdale County
In order to transport hazardous materials, interstate truck drivers must obtain a specialized commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a HAZMAT endorsement. This involves passing a Hazardous Materials Endorsement Knowledge Test that covers certain requirements and regulations all truckers will need to know. Moreover, these drivers will also need to be properly trained on how to operate a tanker truck safely on the road. The trucker’s employer is responsible for ensuring the driver has the required licensing and training before allowing him or her to transport these materials. Failure to do so could make them directly liable for the injuries a victim suffers in an accident.
Under Mississippi law, a trucking company may also be held vicariously liable for a tanker truck accident using the legal doctrine of respondeat superior. Under this doctrine, the trucking company could be held liable if the accident happened while the trucker was acting in the course and scope of the trucker’s employment. For example, let’s say a tanker truck is making a fuel delivery near the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum on 4th Street in downtown Meridian. On his way to the gas station, the driver is late to notice a stop sign, slams on his brakes, and the vehicle jackknifes, causing the tank to swing across the road and into your car. Here, the trucking company would likely be liable because the trucker was on a delivery when the accident happened.
Damages recovered after an accident with a tanker truck often include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and scarring. In order to prove your damages, experts may need to be retained. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have the resources to hire qualified experts for tasks such as determining permanent impairment, calculating expected future medical treatment, and documenting loss of earning capacity. Our truck accident lawyers take pride in examining all potential theories of recovery on behalf of Meridian victims.Let Our Personal Injury Lawyers Get to Work for You
Tanker truck accidents can leave victims with catastrophic injuries that keep them from returning to work and providing for their families. Moreover, exposure to chemicals and flammable objects can cause permanent disfiguration. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we represent tanker truck accident victims all throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kentucky, which includes the greater Meridian area, Collinsville, Nellieburg, and Meridian Station. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free appointment with a truck crash lawyer. We look forward to showing you why NST is the way to go.