Aggressive Baltimore Tanker Truck Accident Attorneys Fight for the Compensation You Deserve for Your Injuries
Our lawyers understand how devastating a tanker truck accident can be
Oil and gas fuel our everyday lives. We use it to power our cars and to heat our homes. Petroleum and oil are also used to create many of the products we use every day. Tanker trucks are responsible for transporting not only oil and gas, but also other essential materials such as water, milk, pesticides and industrial chemicals. Any given tanker truck you see on the road could be transporting 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of liquid — in addition to the thousands of pounds of the truck itself.
An accident with a tanker truck can be devastating. Thousands of pounds of steel can come crashing into a small, passenger vehicle, and thousands of gallons of gas or other caustic materials can spill out onto the road. Just one spark from that crunch of metal against metal could set the whole thing off, creating an explosion of massive proportion and engulfing dozens of nearby cars and properties in flames. Even if the tanker truck is only carrying water, the massive spill can cause nearby vehicles to wipe out. Tanker truck accidents can lead to serious injuries, damage property and harm the environment.
Working with our team of experienced Baltimore tanker truck accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC ensures you recover compensation for your injuries and damages to your property resulting from a tanker truck accident.
Main causes of tanker truck accidents
Tanker truck accidents can be caused by everything from driver error to mechanical malfunction. The most common causes of tanker truck accidents include:
- Size and weight. Because of their large size, tanker trucks need a wider berth to turn. Without it, they can easily jack knife or roll over. It is easy for other drivers to fall into the blind spot of a tanker truck thanks to its long length, which can cause a collision. Because of their heavy weight, tanker trucks also need a long distance to stop. A deer suddenly darting into the road or a car cutting off a tanker truck can cause the driver to lose control or the truck to go crashing into nearby vehicles and property. Tanker trucks must travel more slowly because of their size, which can inspire tailgaters and other cars speeding around it, increasing the risk of a crash.
- Driver error. Tanker truck drivers must be experienced and must follow all safety precautions on the road. Drivers who have spent too long on the road without taking the necessary breaks can fall asleep at the wheel or have a slower response time due to fatigue. Drivers who are rushing to meet their delivery schedule can speed or take other careless risks, increasing the chance for an accident. Some trucking companies may also hire inexperienced drivers in an effort to fill their shortage.
- Mechanical failure. Tanker trucks need to be properly maintained as even the smallest malfunction can cause a devastating accident. The brakes can fail, causing the tanker truck to go crashing into vehicles and property. A faulty muffler or fuel tank can cause a spark that sets the thousands of gallons of liquid in the tank on fire. A leak in the tank can spill liquid all over the road, causing other cars to lose control or exposing people in the area to toxic chemicals and fumes. Leaks can cause environmental damage, including tainting the local water supply.
- Improper load. If a tanker truck is not at least three-fourths full, the liquid can slosh around inside and shift the weight of the truck while driving. This can cause the driver to lose control and the truck to jackknife or roll over. Trucks that are overfull can cause the same problems.
- Road hazards. Potholes, uneven road ways, narrow lanes, and other road hazards can cause a tanker truck to lose control and lead to a devastating accident.
The Baltimore tanker truck accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC work with a team of experts and eyewitnesses to reconstruct the scene of the accident and identify the contributing factors. In many tanker truck accidents, more than one party is responsible, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the mechanic responsible for maintaining the truck, the manufacturer of truck parts or even the department of transportation for failure to properly maintain the roads. We’ll build a case that identifies all the responsible parties and makes the pay for their negligence.
Injuries from tanker truck accidents can range from serious to catastrophic
The majority of injuries in tanker truck accidents are suffered by people in passenger vehicles, not the truck driver. This makes sense since the tanker trucks are several times heavier and larger than the passenger vehicles involved. The injuries in a tanker truck accident can be devastating, including:
- Head trauma. When thousands of pounds of metal crash into your car, a head trauma may be just one of many injuries you suffer. Head trauma can include a simple concussion in a minor accident or can include a skull fracture, severe bleeding, or severe brain injury in more serious accidents. Head trauma can lead to a severe loss of quality of life. You could become bedridden or lose essential functions, such as movement, sight or even speech. Head trauma can require ongoing care for years or even decades.
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries. Head injuries are often accompanied by injuries to the back, neck or spinal cord. These injuries are especially devastating because they often result in total paralysis or other loss of movement. You could be condemned to a wheelchair for the rest of your life after being in a tanker truck accident.
- Lacerations and fractures. Flying debris, broken glass and crushing metal can cause lacerations to your whole body, leaving disfiguring scarring and resulting in debilitating pain. They can also cause fractures and broken bones all over your body. In some cases, they can even cause the loss of a limb. Lacerations and scarring to your face can reduce your self-image and your overall quality of life. You may require extensive plastic surgery operations to restore even part of your previous appearance.
- Fire and chemical burns. Tanker trucks often carry flammable liquid, and the risk of an explosion or fire is high in a tanker truck accident. You could become engulfed in flames, resulting in severe scarring, disfigurement and damage to your nerves and organs. You could require extensive surgeries and rehabilitative care for years after your accident. Even if you are not burned, you could suffer inhalation injuries and lung damage, chemical burns or inhalation damage from the toxic chemicals spilled in the accident. You don’t even have to be involved in the accident to be injured by the spill. You could suffer chemical burns by being in the vicinity, or you could be exposed to chemicals or radiation from the air or the water supply.
Working with our team of experienced Baltimore tanker truck accident attorneys is essential to helping you get the full compensation you deserve for such injuries. The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC consult with a team of doctors and other healthcare professionals to prove the extent of your injuries, including how they will affect your quality of life and the medical care you will require in the future.
Your injuries don’t just affect your health. They also affect your ability to work and care for your family. Our Baltimore accident attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve for lost wages, including anticipated future wages, and for the emotional pain and suffering you have experienced.
Call our Maryland truck accident attorneys today if you’ve been injured in an accident
The Baltimore tanker truck accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have more than 60 years of combined experience representing clients injured in tanker truck accidents. Our aggressive team of accident attorneys work hard to create the strongest case for you and maximize the compensation you receive.
Our attorneys offer compassionate representation to guide you through the legal process after your accident. We understand your accident can be devastating and you need to put your energy into healing. We do everything we can to make the process easy on you, while obtaining the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible. Call our firm today at (410) 727-4770 or contact us online to start building your case.