Have You Been Involved in a Tanker Truck Accident in Texas?
One of the most dangerous types of vehicles on the road, particularly in Texas, are tanker trucks. This is because Texas is a state whose economy is largely dependent on oil, and tanker trucks are how oil, along with other, hazardous chemicals, are transported from place to place. A driver must be specially trained and certified to even be able to drive a tanker truck on the road in the first place.
However, when the driver of a tanker truck makes a mistake and gets into a collision, the results of the crash can be absolutely devastating. That is why it is essential, if you or a loved one has been involved in a tanker truck accident in Texasthat you immediately reach out to the dedicated tanker truck accident lawyers at 1-800-Truck-Wreck.
The attorneys at 1-800-Truck Wreck have spent years assisting people who have been the victim of negligent drivers all over Texas, from Fort Worth to Grand Prairie. Our clients have received medical treatment, justice and the full amount of monetary compensation owed as a result of their injuries.
Why Are Tanker Trucks in Texas So Dangerous?
There are two primary reasons why tanker trucks in Texas are incredibly dangerous. One is because these vehicles are large heavy vechicles, which makes them both unwieldy and challenging to operate. This fact is largely why the training to operate one of these vehicles is very rigorous.
The other reason has specifically to do with the type of cargo these large tanker trucks are actually carrying, which often includes a plethora of different substances. The one thing all of these substances have in common is that they are dangerous and must be handled by trained professionals.
Tanker trucks often transport industrial grade chemicals, which are harmful to people when they are inhaled or come in contact with a person’s skin. They are not good for the environment the vast majority of the time, and they can be especially dangerous to any animal that comes into contact with them.
In addition, tanker trucks are also used to transport flammable chemicals, such as gasoline or ethanol, which are extremely flammable and can easily kill someone if they are standing next to them in a volatile environment. In short, absolutely no one benefits from a tanker truck accident, as the spills are harmful in a myriad of ways.
This is why it is so important, whenever possible, to hold the drivers of these vehicles, and the companies who employ them, accountable in a court of law whenever possible.
What Should You Do After Being Involved in a Tanker Truck Accident in Texas?
After being involved in a tanker truck accident in Texas, it is important you take several steps to ensure both the safety of you and your loved ones and that you are justly compensated.
If you or a loved one is involved in this type of accident, it is important that you evacuate everyone as far away from the vehicles as possible. Unless the tanker truck has markings on it that indicate what kind of cargo it is carrying, you and your family will have no way of knowing what kind of chemical was inside of the truck before the crash. Many of the chemicals that are being carried are not safe to inhale without a mask.
After the safety of everyone in your party has been accounted for, it is vital that you call both the police and an ambulance to the scene of the accident. In addition to you and your family needing to be evaluated by medical professionals, the police will need to immediately quarantine the accident site as soon as possible.
If it is safe to do so, we recommend capturing photos with your cell phone to make sure all of the numbers are transcribed correctly.
Name and phone number of the driver
Driver’s license of the truck driver
The truck and trailers license plate
Insurance information from the driver
The truck’s Department of Transportation number, which should be on the side of either of the truck’s doors
Copies or photos of any police reports that were given
Your next step should be to call a tanker truck accident lawyer to begin building your case. Whenever you need us, 1-800-Truck-Wreck will be here to answer the call, 24/7.