Nashville Tanker Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large, commercial eighteen-wheelers are often devastating to injury victims, but tanker trucks that haul liquid and gases pose unique hazards to others on the road. When a tanker truck is involved in a crash, their dangerous cargo can cause even more catastrophic injuries to those involved. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our Nashville personal injury attorneys will zealously advocate for the compensation you deserve after a tanker truck accident. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
Additional Hazards of Tanker Trucks
Tanker trucks pose many of the same risks as other large commercial trucks on the road, such as significant blind spots, wide turn radius, distracted and drowsy drivers, and inexperienced operators of such large vehicles. However, tanker trucks on the Tennessee roadways come with additional hazards given the dangerous nature of their cargo. Oftentimes, tanker trucks are carrying chemicals, gasoline, liquid sugar, and other dangerous or flammable material.
One such hazard involves underloaded tanker trucks and sloshing cargo. When liquid cargo shifts in a tanker truck, it can throw off the balance of the vehicle. This can lead to jackknifing and rollover accidents while the tanker truck is on the road. Given the hazardous nature of much of tanker truck cargo, when a spill occurs, either because of an accident or through a leak in the truck, it can cause additional harm and injuries. Victims who come in contact with the dangerous materials can suffer additional injuries, and leaks can lead to hazardous road conditions that can cause other accidents on the roadway.
Injuries Caused by Tanker Truck Accidents
The injuries from a tanker truck can be severe, given the size and force of a commercial truck combined with its hazardous cargo. Some of the most common injuries reported after tanker truck injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Facial trauma
- Respiratory tract and lung injuries
- Severe bone fractures
- Crushing injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns and lacerations
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
Anyone injured in a tanker truck accident deserves to be compensated for their injuries. Damages can include all out of pocket costs for victims such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and the loss of future income and benefits in addition to compensation for the less tangible harms like pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
In the most serious tanker truck accidents when the loss of life occurs, the family of the victim can seek additional compensation in a wrongful death claim. This can include damages for final medical expenses, funeral costs, and for the loss of the love, support, and companionship of the victim. To learn more, talk to our office today.
Talk to Our Office Now
If you or a loved one has been involved in a tanker truck accident in the Nashville area, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to learn more about your legal options with a free consultation.