Commercial trucks cause accidents for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases, the truck driver acts in a negligent manner and causes the accident. In other cases, accidents may occur because of improper truck maintenance or cargo loading. Sometimes, however, the cause of the accident is unrelated to any behavior on the part of the truck driver or trucking company. Instead, sometimes the accident was caused by defective or malfunctioning truck parts. In these cases, the manufacturer of the truck or of that particular truck part that malfunctioned may be held responsible for the accident and any resulting injuries. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck defect, you deserve to receive full compensation for all of your injuries and losses, and should call an experienced Coweta County truck accident lawyer as soon as possible for help.
Truck fuel tanks are often positioned on the outside of the truck for aesthetic reasons. However, this placement makes the fuel tank extremely susceptible to explosion in the case of a collision. Such a fuel tank explosion is more often than not fatal for the truck driver, other motorists involved in the collision, and even motorists that are simply in the general vicinity of the truck accident. Car manufacturers have made safety improvements to passenger vehicle fuel tank design, but truck manufacturers have largely ignored this problem.
Statistics show that 80 to 100 people die from burn injuries sustained in commercial truck accidents. The large majority of such burn injuries occur because a fuel tank exploded due to leaking fuel or a collision. The resulting explosion is usually intensely hot with a large amount of flame, which can spread quickly and cover a large amount of ground.
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No matter what caused your trucking accident, you should never hesitate to contact an experienced truck accident attorney for assistance in making sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. Do not risk losing you case or limiting your settlement. Instead, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for help as soon as possible.