Gasoline Truck Accident Kills One in Clarksville
A gasoline truck collided with a car Wednesday afternoon in Clarksville, Tennessee, killing the driver of the car and injuring the truck driver.
According a report by The Leaf-Chronicle, the accident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday when a white car that was traveling southwest on the Bypass veered into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tanker truck.
Clarksville Police stated that the tanker truck driver attempted to avoid colliding with the car but was unable to do so. The accident caused the tanker truck to flip over and into a ditch on top of the car.
Police also stated that the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The tanker truck was transporting 6,100 gallons of gasoline and diesel at the time of the accident, which was released when the tank ruptured during the accident.
Cleanup workers closed the Bypass for several hours as they pumped the fuel back into another tanker and also sprayed foam to prevent fires from breaking out due to the spilled gasoline.
What Makes Industrial Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
All truck accidents pose serious dangers for drivers, but industrial truck accidents can be especially dangerous for several reasons, including:
- Risks of fire and explosions
Gasoline trucks, such as the one in the accident reported above, are extremely dangerous if the tank is ruptured or punctured in any way. Truck accidents can create sparks and small fires, and because gasoline trucks can haul several thousand gallons, even a small spark that gets into the tank can create a massive explosion affecting entire lanes of traffic and dozens of vehicles.
- Risks of dangerous and corrosive chemicals
In addition to hauling gasoline, industrial trucks also haul dangerous and even deadly chemicals. While these chemicals are hauled with strict regulations and safety procedures to protect drivers and other motorists, they can leak from their tanks during accidents, putting everyone who is near the accident scene at serious risk. Chemical spills from truck accidents often require special crews to neutralize the damaging effects of the chemicals and perform clean-up procedures, which can take several hours or even days.
- Risks of falling cargo and debris
Dump trucks, cement trucks, and even large car-carriers can be considered industrial trucks due to the cargo they carry. These trucks carry objects or materials that can fall off during accidents and strike other vehicles and cause serious damage and injuries. Falling debris can also cause drivers to swerve to avoid it, leading to chain-reaction accidents and massive pile-ups on interstates and highways.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Clarksville truck accident lawyers know the dangers of industrial truck accidents, and we’ve seen how they can dramatically reduce the quality of life for victims and their families. We also believe that innocent victims who were injured as a result of a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence shouldn’t have to pay for any accident-related expenses.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Our legal team has years of experience helping victims like you get back on their feet after a serious accident. Don’t wait to get the representation you deserve—contact us today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. We’re ready to go to work for you.