Truck accidents, no matter how large or small; always take a toll on those involved. However, accidents involving large trucks are especially worrisome when they involve hazardous materials such as gasoline and other fossil fuels. Presence of such materials poses additional dangers to those already faced in crashes. Such materials can be extremely dangerous due to their flammable and poisonous nature, and pose threats to the public as well as the environment. Not only do trucks run off of diesel and oil, which are hazardous materials themselves, but trucks often carry hazardous materials as cargo as well.
According to an article by SignalsSCV.com, a man was killed in a recent crash involving two trucks, a box truck and a tanker that was fully loaded with jet fuel. The driver of the tanker truck died as a result of the accident. The driver of the box truck was traveling north in the interstate’s far right lane at a slow speeds carrying about 70,000 pounds of tomatoes. The tanker truck was also traveling north in the same lane and approached the rear of the box truck at an unknown speed, eventually colliding with the rear of the box truck. Investigations for this accident are still underway
As a result of this crash, about 40 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled on the road and into adjacent land. Although one would first assume that the crash involved spilled jet fuel from the tanker, thankfully none was spilled. When truck accidents cause fuel spills, there can be serious consequences to both people and the surrounding environment. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, fuel, such as gasoline, oil, and diesel, are hazardous materials, even though they are what make our vehicles run. When such hazardous materials are present, response personnel must attend to environmental impacts and safety issues in a quick and safe manner as to not expose dangers or cause additional harms. Even though hazardous materials fuel our vehicles, when they are spilled in an accident they can pose a threat to public safety. Vehicular fluids include fuel, radiator coolant, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and battery acid. Such materials are flammable and poisonous and can even cause explosion in accidents.
If you have been harmed in a truck accident, or in any motor vehicle accident, due to another’s negligent driving, you may be able to seek compensation through the legal system. In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and suffering while holding the other driver accountable for wrongdoing. Our attorneys, with over 20 years of experience, may be able to help. Call us for a free consultation today.