Tanker Trucks Pose Significant Risk Of Injury To Motorists

Specialized commercial vehicles such as tanker trucks are capable of performing highly specialized functions that are essential to the modern American economy. These vehicles often haul thousands of pounds of liquids and gases from place to place each year. In many cases, the materials these trucks are transporting are toxic, flammable, or otherwise dangerous. As a result, these kinds of vehicles pose additional risks to other motorists that are not associated with other types of commercial trucks. Fortunately for people who have been injured in accidents involving tanker trucks, they are often able to recover substantial compensation for their injuries and other losses. For this reason, anyone hurt in a preventable accident with a commercial truck should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of the truck accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, call our office today at 727-451-6900.

What kinds of materials do tanker trucks carry?

Tanker trucks are capable of carrying a wide array of different materials. Some of the more commonly hauled include the following:

·       Gasoline

·       Oil

·       Water

·       Hydrogen

·       Oxygen

·       Diesel

·       Industrial materials

·       Wine

·       Milk

·       Chemicals

Clearly, some of these materials pose a more significant risk of harm than others. It is always prudent, therefore, to exercise significant caution around tanker trucks, as it may be carrying dangerous cargo.

What kinds of injuries can occur in an accident involving a tanker truck?

Tanker trucks are capable of causing extremely serious injuries that can cause long-term medical problems for victims. Some of the more common are detailed below.

  • Traumatic brain injuries – TBIs1 can occur when sufficiently serious head trauma causes injury to the brain resulting in a disruption in normal function. Victims of TBIs often experience significant symptoms that have the potential to leave victims unable to work for an extended period of time. In severe cases, victims may develop cognitive problems that can even prevent them from living independently.
  • Burns – Burns2 can result from fires, explosions, electrical injuries, and exposure to certain chemicals, and other causes. There are many ways that a tanker truck accident could result in burns, particularly if the cargo that it is hauling is explosive, flammable, or dangerous to human health.
  • Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries are a common result of an accident with a tanker truck. These injuries can include bruises, sprains, strains, and lacerations.
  • Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries are another common form of serious injury that tanker truck accident victims often sustain. Because the spinal cord is the part of the body responsible for allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, any damage to it can cause significant problems. In particularly serious cases, a person who sustains a spinal cord injury can be paralyzed below the site of the injury.

What should I do after an accident with a tanker truck?

People who are hurt in tanker truck accidents should seek medical attention as soon as possible. If they are able, it is important to make notes regarding important facts about your accident, including the name of the truck driver, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, the license plate numbers from the vehicles involved, and contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Lastly, it is in important for victims to retain legal counsel as soon as possible, as waiting too long to bring a claim could result in a loss of your right to recover.

Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with a Clearwater truck accident attorney

If you have been injured in an accident with a tanker truck or other type of large commercial vehicle, you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. In many instances, victims of tanker truck accidents are legally entitled to significant compensation under Florida law. The kinds of losses that truck accident victims can recover include those associated with the costs of medical treatment, damage to personal property, loss of quality of life, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced truck accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756



1 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
2 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burns/basics/definition/con-20035028