The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statistic showing that almost 500,000 truck collisions occur every year in the United States and resulted in 5,000 fatalities.
As a tanker truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and the average passenger vehicle weighs 3,000 pounds, these types of accidents usually cause extensive damage to the passenger vehicle and cause injuries and possible death to those involved. Additionally, these trucks may be carrying highly flammable liquids, or dangerous materials, which only increase the risk of being involved with these vehicles.
At Citrin Law Firm, our attorneys believe that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, due to the negligent actions of another driver, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their damages and losses including; pain and suffering, loss of wages, property damage and medical expenses.
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Types of Tankers
Tanker trucks were designed to transport liquid, gas, or dried bulk items across our Alabama roadways. Thus, tanker trucks typically range in size and form, depending on the items being transported. In any case, tankers are all large vehicles no matter if they are a single or multiple load vehicles. Additionally, with their high center of gravity and liquid moving in the vehicle, they are increasingly difficult to drive.
Common types of tankers include:
- Small Tankers – Small tankers typically carry up to 3,000 US gallons and usually transport lightweight cargo around local areas. These types of trucks include; septic tanks, aircraft fuel, and liquid petroleum.
- Large Tankers – Large tankers typically carry anywhere from 5,500 to 11,600 US gallons and are used to transport gasoline, milk, concrete and chemicals either locally or around the nation.
As these vehicles are extremely large and do not maneuver as easily as other types of trucks, we must pay attention to them and share the road with them while traveling on our roadways.
Causes of Tanker Accidents
Due to the large and odd shape of tankers, there are many different types of tanker accidents that can occur. In many instances, the cause can be put on the truck driver for not operating the vehicle in a correct manner. When these accidents do occur, they are usually very complex due to the trucking companies involved.
Some common causes of tanker accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Illegal traffic maneuvers
- Driver inexperience
- Negligent driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Overloaded trucks
- Unfamiliar loads
- Inadequate training
In many instances, trucking companies may send an investigator to the scene of the accident. We must remember that these individuals are not our friends and are highly trained individuals that will try to extract information that can be used against you in the court of law. It is advised not to tell these individuals any information about the accident before speaking with an attorney.
Tanker Accident Injuries
It is clear that there is a large size differential between a tanker and a passenger vehicle, thus there is a highly likelihood of those involved in a collision with these vehicles to sustain injuries. Additionally, if these tanks are punctured and spill gas or hazardous chemicals, it can cause even greater harm to everyone in the area.
Common tanker truck accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Psychological injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Burn injuries
- Dislocated joint injuries
- Herniated discs
- Orthopedic injuries
- Skull fractures
- Whiplash injuries
If you have been injured in a tanker accident it is advised to seek the attention of a medical professional immediately. The documents obtained by a medical professional will also be useful by attorneys when developing a case against these negligent drivers and their companies.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, it is advised to speak with an attorney directly following your accident. An experienced lawyer may be able to help you achieve the maximum compensation for your losses in the court of law.
With our main office in Mobile, we are able to serve the entire state of Alabama.
A few locations we serve include:
- Moss Point
- Myrtle Grove
To learn more about how our Mobile truck accident attorneys at Citrin Law Firm can help you during your tragic situation, or to schedule a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, we encourage you to contact us at 251-888-8888 where a member of our intake team will gather information about your accident and connect you with one of our helpful attorneys ready to take your case.
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