Tanker Truck Accidents Are Traumatic
Tanker truck accidents are particularly traumatic due to chemical spills and explosions. The experienced attorneys at Isaacs & Isaacs have helped clients across the U.S.A to win over $700 million in personal injury settlements. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tanker truck accident, call Isaacs & Isaacs immediately at 800-800-8888 to set up a free consultation.
It is important to act quickly since:
- Evidence can be lost
- Witnesses can forget
- You may pass the deadline for filing after which your case will not be heard
- What Are Tanker Trucks, and What Do They Carry?
Tanker trucks are designed to carry gases or liquids in a cylindrical cargo area. The size of tanker trucks varies, and the amount of cargo differs accordingly. The largest trucks carry about 34,000 liters and the smaller ones haul 11.000 liters. The tankers carry everything from milk to gasoline, and the cylinders are modified to accommodate the material by pressurizing, insulating or reinforcing the cylindrical cargo areas.
What Causes a Tanker Truck Accident?
Tanker trucks have many of the same problems other trucks have from driver fatigue to rollovers. However, since tanker trucks carry liquid cargo, another problem exists. As the truck is moving, the liquid cargo shifts. This is referred to as sloshing, which can cause the driver to lose control. This happens most often when the cargo load is not at a maximum level. The changes in weight make driving this rig more difficult and can lead to accidents.
A Tanker Truck Explosion and Fire Are Common in Accidents
Tanker truck accidents have an added risk. The force of the accident can cause the flammable liquid many tankers haul to catch fire. In some cases, the force of impact can result in an explosion. Both fires and explosions cause significant injury and property loss.
What Injuries Result From a Tanker Truck Accident?
Tanker truck accidents have the added risk of serious burn injuries. Explosions often result in a high fatality rate. If the tanker carried chemicals or radioactive waste, exposure to either can result in serious health issues such as chemical burns or radioactive illness. In addition, people who live or work in the area may also be exposed.
Hazmat Cleanup May Be Part of a Tanker Truck Crash
A leak or spill from an inadequately closed tanker involves hazmat cleanup. The leak or spill may also cause additional accidents as passing motorists approach the scene of the accident.
If someone is injured in a tanker truck crash, there are many things that need to be done. Isaacs & Isaacs can review accident logs and police reports as well as trucking logs to see why and how the accident happened. If negligence is present, our attorneys can file a lawsuit against the driver of the tanker as well as the owner of the company.