Tanker Truck Accidents
Tanker truck accidents can devastate other vehicles and passengers in seconds. It is important to have a knowledgeable complex litigation team to protect you if you have been injured in a crash with a tanker truck. We understand the significant injuries that result and will fight to win you the justice and money damages you deserve.
Large trucks can be a danger on the highway, but hauling gasoline and other hazardous substances increase the danger. While many tanker trucks transport safe items like milk, there are many tankers moving hazardous and flammable liquids inside. This makes an accident with one almost always deadly.
Tanker Trucks Are Dangerous
Tankers are the only commercial trucks to be regulated by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) no matter their size and weight. Other trucks fall under FMCSA jurisdiction if they weigh 10,000 pounds or more. Instability of the cargo causes a tanker truck to be more prone to roll over and jackknife accidents than other commercial trucks. This is especially true if the liquid sloshes and destabilizes the truck.
Then, when the tanker spills its toxic or explosive liquid chemicals, the dangers increase. A gas explosion could happen. Many times the spillage has to burn off. Putting out the fire could cause the chemicals to seep into a nearby water supply. Not only does this injure many people, but also those living in the area. A cleanup crew may need to evacuate the area.
Tanker Truck Injuries
On top of the serious injuries caused by a collision with a gigantic, heavy truck, include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Disfiguring lacerations
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
In addition to these physical injuries and death that can be caused by the collision, there are additional dangers and risks of injury that can be caused by a tanker truck accident, such as:
- Burns from fire
- Smoke inhalation
- Chemical burns
If you are in the area of a tanker accident you could be exposed to chemical inhalation, radiation, or water supply contamination. These can happen even when you were not in the collision but were traveling near the scene of the toxic spill.
Many of the injuries listed above are permanently disabling and/or require years of medical treatment with multiple surgeries and physical therapy. If you are fortunate enough to survive a collision with a tanker, you will likely be facing years of pain and struggle, with lost wages, perhaps lost future income, and a need for medical care and special physical therapy equipment. You may never be able to recover your former earning capacity and manner of life.
It can be shocking after an accident to learn how expensive, time-consuming and frustrating the process can be. For many, pain does not present itself at the scene of the accident, however, the debilitating pain begins a day or two later. This can be difficult for many Americans who do not have health insurance or disability insurance. Therefore, it can be difficult to receive medical attention or income while out of work.
At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our dedicated staff is skilled in complex litigations like vehicle accidents. Our consultations are free and without obligation. Let our two decades of experience get justice for you.