Collisions involving tanker trucks are fortunately rare. These large vehicles transport fuel and other cargo around the city and are very large. Not only are these trucks dangerous due to their size and weight, but their flammable or toxic cargo can also cause horrifying injuries.
If you were involved in a crash with a fuel truck, contact one of our Miami truck accident attorneys for a case review.
Tanker Truck Cargo
These trucks carry many types of cargo, including:
- Diesel fuel
- Radioactive material
- Toxic substances
Any crash can be catastrophic if the cargo tank is breached. Chemicals and fuel can come pouring out of the truck, directly impacting other people on the road and possible nearby homes and businesses. If fuel catches on fire, an explosion will be felt for a considerable distance around.
Injuries from Tanker Truck Accidents
These accidents can cause devastating injuries. Let’s start with burns. When fuel ignites, it can cause a fireball explosion. Many people can suffer serious burns over large parts of their bodies. Even if fuel doesn’t ignite, it could be so hot that it burns someone when it makes contact with skin or clothing. Burns have many complications, including amputation, disfigurement, infection, and sometimes death.
If a toxic substance was in the tanker, then it could be absorbed through the skin. Someone could suffer serious toxic exposure, leading to complications such as poisoning and cancer.
Other injuries stem from the sheer weight of the truck. Our clients have suffered fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries in collisions with tanker trucks. These injuries can exist in combination with poisoning or burns.
Causes of Tanker Truck Accidents
Tanker trucks often crash for many of the same reasons as other motor vehicles. Often, the driver of the truck is not paying sufficient attention or is engaging in reckless conduct. Some of the more common reasons for accidents include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Trucker inexperience
- Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone when the vehicle is in motion
- Confusion and lack of situational awareness
- Driver fatigue
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Drug or alcohol impairment
In other situations, a defect on the truck could lead to the collision. For example, faulty brakes could fail, causing the driver to lose control. The parts might have been defective in manufacture or the result of faulty repair work.
Speak with a Miami Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Tanker truck accidents are often catastrophic, leading to many injuries. Let us help you. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, our attorneys can fight to get you compensation to cover medical care and other expenses. Bad burns and other disfigurement also warrant top compensation. Call us today, 305-371-2692, to schedule a free consultation.