One of the things about driving that gives a lot of people anxiety is sharing the road with semi-trucks and tanker trucks. Semis and tankers pose specific and unique dangers to other drivers on the road. It is important that you understand how these accidents happen, why they are dangerous, and what to do.
One of the biggest reasons that tanker truck accidents happen is because people drive in their blind spots. The blind spots for a semi-truck or tanker truck are rather large. The blind spot on the right is significantly bigger than the one on the left, although both have several feet of space in which they cannot see anything on either side of them. These blind spots cause a lot of accidents that can easily be avoided by other drivers being cautious and aware.
Tankers Pose a Threat
Tanker trucks pose an additional threat that other semi trucks don’t pose. Tanker trucks often carry fluid that is under pressure. Some of these fluids may be combustible or flammable, and some of these fluids may be essentially harmless. But because they are under pressure, they can be explosive if punctured. When tanker trucks flip, roll over, or collide with other vehicles or side rails, it can cause the fluid in the tanker to shift, changing the center of gravity, rolling the tanker, and causing a massive spill or explosion.
What to Do
If you have an accident with a tanker truck, you should immediately call 911 and explain to them that the auto accident involved a tanker truck. This will allow them to dispatch the appropriate first responders to handle the situation, including any hazardous chemical clean up that may be required. After you are out of harm’s way and your injuries have been treated, contact an attorney to assist you with the rest of the process of compensation. Even though insurance companies will be involved, tanker truck accidents are very complex and only an experienced attorney can ensure that you will get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been in a tanker truck accident, contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.