Tanker trucks are trucks designed to carry gas, liquid, or dry bulk cargo. Often, these trucks are flammable. Serious accidents or malfunctions can cause some tanker trucks to combust, which can seriously injure or even kill truck drivers and the drivers or passengers in vehicles traveling near the tanker. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our Miami tanker truck accident attorneys have assisted many clients injured in truck accident related fires. We have seen first-hand the tremendous damages that a combustible tanker truck can inflict. Our firm will diligently work to protect your legal rights by pursuing your case against the negligent trucker or trucking company that caused your injuries.
Recent Tanker Accidents
A tanker fire recently shut down the Sunshine Skyway bridge that crosses Tampa Bay. Police report that the tanker was crossing the bridge in the morning hours when its right front tire blew out. The truck, carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel, crashed into the outside barrier wall of the bridge and caught fire. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, but the bridge sustained damage that required its closure for some time after the accident.
Several months after this Florida crash, a winter ice storm contributed to a horrific multiple-vehicle accident and tanker truck crash. Icy roads lead to an unprecedented 55 car crash in which two people were killed. Then, a tanker truck traveling on the I-95 corridor near Baltimore flipped over the median of the interstate and burst into flames.
Liability for Tanker Truck Accidents
While all trucks carry risks of injury, tanker trucks hauling hazardous materials are particularly dangerous. Tanker trucks and other trucks with hazardous materials must abide by special additional safety rules. They must also carry additional insurance.
Besides the risk of fire, tanker accidents also pose a threat to the community if their contents are spilled. Diesel fuel, poisonous chemicals, and the like could require closure of roadways and evacuation of surrounding homes and businesses. All tanker spills must be dealt with immediately by a trained emergency team.
Like other commercial trucks, tanker truck drivers must abide by federal and state regulations. Trucking companies that transport hazardous materials are required to train drivers and maintain certain safety standards, like the hours of service requirements and truck driver qualification file. Truck drivers should be subjected to routine drug screenings. If a trucking company or truck driver fails to meet these minimum requirements and an accident results, it may form the basis for liability.
Injuries caused by tanker truck crashes could include burns, broken bones, inhalation injuries, organ damage, brain damage, and more. Truck accident victims may be able to seek compensation for their associated medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
Tanker trucks perform a vital function of transporting necessary fuel and other liquids, but when a combustible tanker truck gets into an accident, the result can be catastrophic. If you have been injured in a tanker truck crash, contact the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano as soon as possible. Our truck accident attorneys are dedicated to seeing you succeed in receiving the compensation you deserve from the negligent truck driver that caused your injuries. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation or you can contact us online.