Oil and gas tanker trucks have a much higher center of gravity than other large trucks on the road, especially when they are full, which makes them more difficult to control and increases the risk of rollover accidents. Drilling companies must make sure that the drivers they hire to transport oil and gas are certified and have demonstrated that they are experienced enough to operate large trucks carrying hazardous materials. Truck drivers must also comply with federal regulations which limit the maximum number of consecutive hours a driver may operate a commercial oil or gas truck, as well as the minimum number of hours of rest required before a driver can resume work. Problems arise when these regulations are ignored, resulting in driver fatigue, distraction, and an increased risk to other vehicles on the road.
Oil and gas truck accidents are more likely to result in serious injuries and death to occupants of passenger vehicles involved in the collision due to the massive weight of the truck and the type of cargo being hauled. Fully loaded, oil and gas trucks are extremely heavy and carry highly flammable cargo, which can spill upon impact, sparking massive fires at the site of a crash. Accident injuries can range anywhere from minor scrapes and bruises to severe brain or spinal cord damage. In the most severe crashes, the injuries may ultimately lead to death. If you are injured in a New Jersey gas or oil truck accident, you may suffer extreme pain and emotional distress, require a splint, cast, or surgery, and be unable to work for months, or even years, after the accident. You need an experienced New Jersey gas and oil truck accident attorney fighting to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
At Hark & Hark, we help victims of trucking accidents receive compensation for their gas and oil field accident injuries, which may include money for:
- Time off work
- Emergency room costs
- Specialized medical care
- Physical therapy
- Reconstructive surgery
- Physical and emotional suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Gas and oil accident cases can be very complex. You will greatly improve your chances of receiving a fair settlement if you seek the assistance of an attorney with experience litigating these types of cases. Attorney Jeffrey S. Hark at Hark & Hark is relentless in the pursuit of justice on behalf of injured trucking accident victims. If you or someone you know has been injured in an oil or gas truck accident, call Hark & Hark for a free consultation. We handle all gas and oil field accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't pay a legal fee unless we recover money in your case.