Commercial trucks come in many different shapes and sizes. Some commercial vehicles are designed to carry passengers and others a specifically to transport goods. Some products may have unique properties that require a special type of truck. For example, oversized or awkwardly-shaped materials may require a flatbed trailer. Another type of special truck commonly seen on the highways in Florida and across the United States is a tanker truck.
Instead of traditional trailers, tanker trucks have cylindrical trailers that are designed specifically to transport liquids or gasses. These trucks commonly carry fuel to filling stations, however, can be used to move many other types of materials besides fuel. While tanker trucks are essential to the economy, they also pose unique risks in truck accidents because of the nature of their cargo.
Cargo Loading Issues
Tanker trucks must be loaded properly in order to prevent accidents. For example, if a tank is carrying liquid and is under-filled, the liquid can slosh around inside the tank. This often causes the tank to be thrown off balance, which can result in the driver losing control of the truck. In this situation, the tank may jackknife or may even roll over, both of which can cause collisions with multiple vehicles. This can cause extensive damage and injury to many different motorists.
Another risk with tanker trucks is that the cargo may spill out if the truck is in an accident. While not all tankers carry dangerous cargo, many of them do. In fact, many tanker truck drivers have a special license to transport hazardous materials (HAZMAT)1 that is issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This can include toxic chemicals, highly flammable liquids, among others. If toxic chemicals spill out onto the road, they can cause widespread injury to anyone in the area. In addition, if a truck carrying flammables crashes, a fire could start or the tank could even explode, severely injuring anyone in the vicinity of the crash site.
Consult with an Experienced Ocala, FL Truck Accident Attorney Today
Truck drivers operating tanker trucks should never be negligent or careless behind the wheel. If you are involved in any type of commercial truck accident, please contact the truck accident lawyers at Meldon Law in Ocala to discuss a possible legal claim. Call for a free consultation today at 352-373-8000.
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