Tanker trucks are essential to our transportation system, and they help move oil, gas, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and even water and milk. Yet as useful as they are, they can also be deadly. Tanker trucks weigh many tons, and even the smallest driver error can cause them to lose control and cause a devastating accident. If those trucks are carrying flammable materials like oil or gas, an accident can also lead to a huge, deadly explosion.
A tanker truck accident earlier this month in Laurel, Maryland shows the special needs these trucks have on the road and how important it is for other drivers to be conscientious around them.
CBS Baltimore reported that a 23-year-old driver of a Ford Focus was speeding and quickly changed lanes to pass the tanker truck, causing it to lose control and spill diesel fuel all over Interstate 95.
Tanker trucks move slowly, which often encourages impatient drivers to tailgate or to make fast lane changes. However, tank trucks have a large blind spot, and they can easily hit a car trying to make a fast lane change — especially if the driver is passing on the right.
Tanker trucks also require a stopping distance roughly the length of a football field thanks to their huge weight. When a car pulls out quickly in front of them, they often can’t stop in time.
Fortunately, no one was killed in the accident on I-95, though one person was injured and treated at a hospital. The tanker truck overturned, and four other vehicles were involved in the crash. Tanker truck accidents often involve potentially fatal injuries, such as head trauma, injuries to the neck and spine, lacerations, and burns. Considering the tanker truck involved also dumped diesel fuel onto the highway, it’s a miracle this accident didn’t cause an explosion and was not more deadly.
Though many people want to blame huge truck accidents on driver fatigue or other truck driver error, CBS Baltimore reported that passenger vehicles are at fault in tanker truck accidents about 75 percent of the time. Many drivers do not understand the unique needs that tanker trucks have on the road, such as longer stopping times and wider turning space. Many drivers also become reckless when they are in a hurry, such as speeding or making unsafe lane changes.
The driver of the Ford Focus in this month’s accident on I-95 has been charged with multiple counts of speeding and reckless driving.
Working with an experienced attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve for your tanker truck accident attorneys
The Baltimore tanker truck accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC are ready to help if you have been injured in a tanker truck accident. Our experienced accident attorneys work with a team of experts to reconstruct the scene of the accident to prove the negligence of the responsible party, and we call on a team of doctors and healthcare professionals to show the extent of your injuries and how they have affected you and will continue to affect you in the future.
Your settlement can include compensation for damage to your vehicle or property, your current and future medical bills, your current and future lost wages, and more. You can even receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC provide aggressive, yet compassionate, representation. We are a strong legal ally while making the process as easy on you as possible. Call us today at (410) 727-4770 or contact us online.