Houston Tanker Truck Accident Lawyers
Accidents involving tanker trucks are complicated. Because of the size of a tanker truck, a collision may involve numerous other vehicles on the road. There may be multiple negligent parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, or third parties that contributed to the cause of the crash. The complexity of these cases can make recovering compensation a challenge.
We have decades of experience litigating truck accident cases in Texas, from the initial investigation to a jury trial. We fight for the maximum possible compensation in each case and have won numerous multi-million dollar recoveries or verdicts for people seriously injured by commercial trucks. We have the knowledge and resources to take on large trucking companies and to hold them accountable for causing your injuries when a tanker truck crashes, explodes or leaks hazardous materials.
The Common Dangers of Tanker Trucks
Tanker trucks, like any other commercial tractor-trailer, can potentially cause serious injuries in the event of a crash, often requiring victims to seek help from qualified Houston truck accident attorneys to obtain compensation for recovery. Just like any other big rig, tanker trucks are much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, which means they impact with a great deal of force in a collision. They’re also prone to the same safety issues as any other truck, such as driver fatigue or inadequate maintenance.
However, tanker trucks often pose the additional danger of carrying hazardous or toxic chemicals or other materials. In the event of a collision, these materials may spill onto the roadway if the insulated tank is breached. In addition, flammable materials inside the tank may catch fire or explode, especially if they are exposed to fires ignited by the accident, such as engine or grass fires.
If the tank was pressurized, this can increase the threat to other drivers involved in the accident. Heat, pressure, and simple physics may put enough pressure on the tank to cause it to explode. In the event a tanker truck is involved in a major incident, a community’s hazardous material team will arrive on the scene in an attempt to contain any hazardous chemicals the truck was carrying.
In short, a tanker truck carrying hazardous, pressurized, or flammable cargo has the potential to become a bomb on wheels in the event of a crash.
Injuries in Tanker Truck Accidents
When a tanker truck jackknifes on the highway or crashes into another vehicle, hazardous materials leaking or spilling onto the road can cause serious injuries. In addition, the force of the impact can cause injuries that are potentially life-threatening to other drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, or bicyclists involved in the accident.
Common types of serious injuries we see in tanker truck accidents include:
- Chemical exposure
- Mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushed or severed limbs
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring lacerations
These types of injuries can be excruciatingly painful and require lengthy recovery periods. They also can be disabling and result in your being unable to work temporarily — or permanently. When you experience these kinds of catastrophic injuries, you need a capable and compassionate personal injury lawyer by your side. The Houston truck accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have significant experience helping people who have sustained serious injuries in tanker truck collisions to recover the compensation they deserve.
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Mental anguish
Compensation for your injuries and other losses can help you to close this traumatic chapter in your life and move forward following a serious accident.
Government Rules For Tanker Trucks
Commercial trucking companies that transport hazardous materials are governed by strict federal and state rules to minimize the risk of accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the agency that regulates the transport of hazardous materials, sometimes referred to as “hazmat,” such as:
- Flammable liquids
- Compressed gases
- Toxic chemicals
- Corrosive materials
- Radioactive materials
Under federal regulations, each hazardous material must be appropriately and safely sealed, labeled, stored and secured in a manner that makes it as safe as possible to transport by truck. Any break in the supply chain or transportation protocols can result in tank explosions or tank leaks, even without a collision. Even properly secured hazardous materials can become extremely dangerous when driver fatigue, driver error or improperly maintained trucks lead to an accident.
How Our Houston Tanker Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
Tanker trucks often transport fuel to gas stations, waste from septic tanks, and water, chemicals or concrete to industrial sites. Depending on the type of liquid or gaseous cargo, these cylinder-shaped tanks are often insulated or pressurized. An accident often results in severe injuries.
Contact the Houston truck accident lawyers with The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at 281-283-8500 or by using the contact form below to learn more about what we can do to help you following a catastrophic commercial trucking accident. We offer a free initial case evaluation and charge no fees unless we are able to obtain compensation for you.