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Tanker Truck Explosions

Top Rated Tanker Truck Explosion Injury Attorneys In Buffalo, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Distinguished as a New York Super Lawyer, and His Team of Aggressive, Tenacious, and Hardworking Attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Recognized as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, Fight to Obtain Unsurpassed Results for Victims Seriously Injured in Tanker Truck Explosions in Buffalo, New York.


Tank Truck

Tanker trucks are commercial trucks specifically designed for transporting liquid or gas freights. These trucks have a distinct cylinder-shaped storage tank in place of the typical semi-trailers used to carry cargo. The size of tanker trucks varies significantly depending on the type and amount of cargo. The largest tankers can haul up to 35,000 liters, while the smaller ones only carry 11,000 liters. Although tankers are used to transport non-hazardous fluids, such as juice, many of these trucks are used to carry highly combustible fuels and chemicals. Cargo tanks can be modified by insulating, pressurizing, or reinforcing the cylinders to accommodate various fluids and gases.

Tanker trucks are often seen pulling into gas stations and driving down highways. Other motorists may drive past tankers without ever considering the potential danger that these trucks place them in. Nevertheless, if an accident or other mishap occurs, the liquid being transported could instantly explode. Victims who are fortunate enough to survive tanker explosions can suffer total blindness, 3rd-degree burns, disfigurement, traumatic brain injury, or loss of limbs. Survivors may be forced to undergo multiple surgeries, other extensive medical treatments, and lengthy rehabilitation. If you, or a loved one, have suffered injuries or worse in a tanker truck explosion, we understand that the thought of getting back on your feet again may seem overwhelming. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s compassionate team will do everything within our power to help you restore everything that you lost. It is imperative to have the best personal injury lawyer in Western New York fighting on your side.

Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq., acclaimed as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys, has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases. Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a mission to provide the highest level of personal injury service to victims. Throughout the years, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has seen the devastating impact that explosions can have on a survivor’s life and recognizes that these injuries can trigger severe emotional trauma. Pursuing a personal injury claim against those who are responsible may be one of the most important things you ever do. Our battle-tested team of attorneys here to assist you by asserting your legal rights to seek compensation. Renowned as a Best Law Firm of America and honored with a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating, our elite law firm will fight to obtain the best result for your injuries and resulting damages. Insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. over $175,000,000.00 in verdicts and settlements to compensate his clients. Our honorable commitment to exceeding your expectations and delivering an excellent outcome sets us apart from the competition. Call our seasoned team of Buffalo injury attorneys today at (716) 839-3939 for your free consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. There is never a fee unless we WIN for you!

What Makes Tanker Trucks So Prone To Explosions

Tankers used to transport hazardous materials, regardless of their size and weight, are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) safety regulations. When a tanker truck’s cargo is not full, excessive and exaggerated movements of the storage tank can rapidly alter the liquid weight from one side to another or front to back. Even the slightest shifts in weight can cause an entire rig to become critically unstable. A tankers’ susceptibility to becoming destabilized makes them much more prone to jackknife and rollover accidents than other commercial trucks. When hauling highly combustible cargos, such as gasoline and hazardous chemicals, the impact of accidents can cause tankers to spill loads or even explode upon contact.

WERE YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, SERIOUSLY INJURED OR WORSE IN A TANKER TRUCK EXPLOSION ACCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, ROCHESTER, OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TOP RATED AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK TANKER TRUCK EXPLOSION INJURY ATTORNEYS AT (716) 839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

Common Causes Of Tanker Truck Accidents And Explosions Tanker Truck Accidents

Similar to accidents involving other commercial trucks, tanker crashes are typically caused by driving errors, improper loading, poor maintenance, or malfunctioning equipment. The slightest action or procrastination while driving a tanker can cause severe accidents. Additionally, as previously mentioned above, liquid cargo shifts can cause drivers to lose control much easier. Specific factors that frequently lead to tanker truck accidents and resulting explosions include:

  1. Driving while sleep-deprived;
  2. Tailgating;
  3. Improper lane changing or passing;
  4. Truckers exceeding their driving hours;
  5. Driving while distracted;
  6. Slamming on the brakes too quickly;
  7. Uneven or hazardous roads;
  8. Overloading a rig;
  9. Inclement weather conditions;
  10. Driving too fast for the given road conditions;
  11. Brake or tire defects; and
  12. New or inexperienced truckers.

Practicing law the Dietrich way, we are determined, disciplined, and dedicated to providing the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Buffalo, New York, and beyond. We will zealously fight to obtain the best possible result for all your damages. Contact us today at (716) 839-3939 to find out more about how we can help you!

Compensation For Your Tanker Truck Explosion

To recover damages for your tanker explosion, it must be shown that the truck driver was negligent. This means that the driver owed you a duty of care, he or she breached that duty, the breach caused the explosion, and you suffered actual damages as a result. All truckers must obey traffic laws, drive safely, exercise caution, and follow specific tanker regulations to avoid explosions. The duty of reasonable care can be breached in various ways, including the above-listed common causes of tanker truck accidents and explosions. Additionally, tanker companies may also be held vicariously liable for the actions of drivers when the explosion occurred during the course and scope of the driver’s employment. Victims of tanker explosions can pursue monetary compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, which may include:

  1. All past and future medical expenses for explosion-related injuries;
  2. All lost wages from missed work;
  3. Diminished future earning capacity;
  4. Pain and suffering (both physical and mental);
  5. Permanent disfigurement and disabilities suffered;
  6. Loss of enjoyment in life;
  7. Loss of consortium; and
  8. Any property damages.

Additionally, if you lost a loved one due to a tanker explosion, although nothing can erase the pain of your loss, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death claims provide surviving family members with financial compensation that can support them in finding some sense of closure and financial stability after the loss of a loved one.

The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s battle-tested team has a long track record of obtaining justice for victims of devastating explosions. Jed Dietrich, Esq., an acclaimed member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and his exceptional team of tanker explosion injury lawyers know exactly how to properly and aggressively pursue your case. Although no amount of money can take away your pain and suffering caused by the explosion, compensation can significantly reduce your financial burdens and remunerate you for your injuries. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned team offers complimentary lawsuit evaluations and consultations. Our veteran team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (716) 839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form. We are the aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking Western New York personal injury lawyers who are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

Client Reviews
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I am a medical doctor and have worked with many of the best lawyers in Buffalo and I can say without question that Jed Dietrich is the only lawyer I would trust with my injury case in Buffalo New York. B.O.
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Dogged, Determined, and Dead-set on getting you the Maximum settlement for your injuries! T.F.
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No one will work harder, smarter or better; I have retained Jed and he obtained the best result for my case. D.P.
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The definition of an "A" type personality-exactly who I would want to represent me in a serious personal injury case. E.S.
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