24/7, 365 days a year, tanker trailers are carrying materials on America’s highways – 3 billion tons each year!
The materials transported by tanker trucks can be as harmless as pool water and milk. However, these trucks also carry toxic and dangerous fluids, including oil and gas, corrosive chemicals, biohazards, and radioactive substances.
Liquid cargo is often less stable than other products. Liquids can shift during transport, altering the truck’s center of gravity. This type of cargo may make it difficult for the driver to maintain control while tackling a steep curving highway on and off ramps and while maneuvering through traffic.
Tanker Trailer Accidents Have Unique Dangers
When involved in a truck accident, the tank in a truck carrying liquid cargo can rupture and spill its contents onto the roadway. Drivers and passengers have an increased chance of injury when exposed to corrosive chemicals or toxic fumes.
In a tractor-trailer accident, injuries are caused by the crash impact and include traumatic brain injuries, sprains, fractures, and neck and back injuries. Victims of a tanker accident may experience these as well but are also subject to exposure from the truck’s hazardous contents. This exposure can result in blindness or organ damage. This type of cargo may also ignite, causing severe burns.
Injuries from hazardous spills can be devastating and may even result in temporary or permanent disability. A victim’s physical status may prevent a return to work or even enjoying their previous lifestyle.
If the spilled content is oil-based, the vehicles involved in the crash, as well as others, may impact further with the truck.
Hazardous Cargo Carriers Must Adhere to Special Rules
The U.S. federal government regulates the transportation of hazardous materials. Tanker trailers must follow special rules including:
· Appropriate signage warning of hazardous contents.
· Proper loading and securing of cargo.
· Avoiding certain roads where transporting these types of materials is a public hazard.
· Constant monitoring of the cargo.
· Special training for drivers.
In the event of a truck accident involving hazardous materials, the driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer may be found negligent.
We Can Help If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product, car accident, truck accident, construction accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, please contact StolzenbergCortelli, LLC Attorneys at Law immediately. Please call us for a free consultation at our locations in New York County, Rockland County, and Westchester County. Attorneys Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence James Cortelli, personal injury attorneys in White Plains, Nyack and New York City, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 800-494-0889 or contact us via the website.