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Dangers Of Tanker Truck Crashes

Posted by Trent Kelly on October 4, 2021
Dangers Of Tanker Truck Crashes

Tanker trucks are important to transport many liquids and gases, though they can be dangerous if they are involved in a crash. Speak with an Austin truck accident lawyer about your accident and injuries today. 

Commercial truck collisions are notorious for being even more volatile and dangerous than typical car-on-car motor vehicle crashes due to the massive weight and size disparities between the vehicles involved. But even more potentially volatile and dangerous than typical truck crashes are tanker truck crashes.

Because they’re often carrying corrosive, toxic, flammable, or potentially explosive materials, tanker trucks are capable of creating even more dangers on the road than the typical truck cargo spillover in a crash. Understand the types of road hazards these tanker trucks can present, and understand how trusted Austin truck accident lawyers can help you overcome them.

Types Of Tanker Truck (Crashes)

To understand the different types of dangers a tanker truck could potentially present in a truck accident, it’s important to understand the different types of tanker trucks that you may potentially encounter on the road, as well as the different materials they may be carrying:

  • Oil & gas tanker trucks
  • Water tank trucks
  • Chemical tankers
  • CNG trucks
  • Compartmentalized tankers
  • Radioactive tankers
  • Liquid food tankers

All of the above materials can create immense road hazards for the motorists near the tanker truck if they spill out. Moreover, a number of other hazards can cause these materials to spill over, almost all of them constituting negligence:

  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Inexperienced driving
  • Drowsy driving 
  • Road rage
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Unsafe weather conditions
  • Speeding
  • Improper turning or braking
  • Technical/mechanical failure

Even if the driver themselves wasn’t acting in the wrong, liability may still be attributed and leveled toward other potential negligent parties, like negligent road workers, mechanics, or trucking company employees. Trusted Austin truck accident lawyers can help you hold these negligent parties to account.

How Can A Lawyer Help You?

In the state of Texas, you’ll have a two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim, but you shouldn’t hesitate to act. Whether it’s settled out of court or needs to be taken to a courtroom, a lawyer can guide you through your case and offer you an essential head start with building it. 

They can build, evaluate, and fortify your case by:

  • Calculating a fair, accurate estimate of the damages you’re owed
  • Finding expert witnesses who can strengthen your side
  • Handling negotiations with the other party’s insurer
  • Writing, filing, signing, organizing, and processing paperwork
  • Counseling you on the best approach to your case

The last thing you need in the aftermath of a traumatic tanker truck accident is more turmoil, chaos, and roadblocks deferring your quality of life. You shouldn’t have to fight through these challenges alone, and you don’t have to.

Consider Our Austin Truck Accident Lawyers For Your Tanker Truck Litigation

For years, Terry & Kelly Injury Lawyers have been proud to serve our Texas-area clients across an extremely wide range of practice areas, and we have successfully obtained compensation for many injured clients. If you or someone you know was injured in a Texas-area tanker truck accident, then you shouldn’t hesitate to act. Act now, and contact us today to find out how we can help. 

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