Benzene Injury Law

Gasoline Truck Drivers

Gasoline Truck Drivers & Benzene

Gasoline truck drivers were historically exposed to dangerous levels of benzene. Why? Because gasoline contained up to 5% benzene.

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    Gasoline tanker drivers were exposed to benzene vapors via terminal loading operations and while unloading at the retail gas stations. Tanker drivers would have been exposed to gasoline fumes while gauging storage tanks. Invariably, over the course of their day, most gas truck drivers would end up getting gasoline on their skin. These long-term inhalation and contact exposures can lead to illnesses years after the actual exposures, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

    Liability Because of Negligence 

    Terminals that did not use vapor recovery systems can be held liable. Top-loading gasoline was especially dangerous, and went on too long. Baffles and internal bulkheads do not protect about benzene-cause leukemia. The manufacturers of the benzene-containing fuel are named because their products caused the driver’s illness. These cases often involve numerous defendants under a few different legal theories. Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced benzene attorney is crucial.

    As a result of their long term benzene exposures, individuals involved in fuel distribution are at an elevated risk for certain diseases, including MDS, AML, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


    Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical found in crude oil. It is colorless, somewhat sweet smelling, and was historically added to solvents and degreasers because of its cleaning utilities. Benzene is found in gasoline and diesel fuel. The fact is, any number of workers in fuel distribution were likely exposed to benzene through their work, including the fuel terminal employees, tanker truck drivers and gas station attendants.

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    Fuel distribution employees diagnosed with AML or MDS have successfully brought lawsuits against the owners of the terminals where gasoline and diesel fuel was loaded. Why is that? These companies were aware of the dangers of benzene but did not warn individuals transporting the fuel or take precautions to limit the exposures. 

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a benzene-related illness, let us do the work needed to prove-up your case. Focus on your treatment and recovery. Call 1-800-BENZENE to speak with a benzene lawyer today.


    Tanker Truck Drivers & Benzene – Verdicts & Settlements

    Verdict (Iowa, 2016)


    In his 30s at the time, the Decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene. Plaintiff claimed this exposure led to the decedent’s diagnosis of...

    Verdict (Nevada, 2011)


    The Plaintiff, a tanker truck driver, endured chronic exposures to benzene during a six year period loading and delivering gasoline from the Defendant’s fuel terminal in Las Vegas. As a result of his exposure to benzene, the Plaintiff developed myelodysplastic...

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    Helper/rigger/leadman on barges diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia via benzene exposure. Plaintiff exposed to benzene via solvents used to clean tools. Employer provided the solvents. Older versions of Liquid Wrench contained high mixtures of benzene.



    Gasoline tanker truck driver diagnosed with blood cancer following years of benzene exposure at defendant’s premises. Benzene was component of the fuel that he was loading and hauling.



    Plaintiff had a 39-year career with Sabine Towing. Throughout his career, plaintiff held various positions, including seaman, quartermaster, boatswain, third mate, second mate, chief mate and master..



    Able-bodied seaman diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of exposure to benzene and other hydrocarbons while loading and discharging crude oil and other products, cleaning tanks and measuring tank levels.



    In his 30s at the time, decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene.



    Plaintiff’s decedent had worked as a pump man aboard various tankers in the early 1970s and early 1980s where he was exposed to benzene. In 1994, about 15 years since his last exposure to benzene, the decedent was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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