Big rigs and tractor trailers are used to transport a variety of products across the state and across the country each day, but some trucks carry hazardous materials. One type of cargo that can be especially deadly is fuel. Fuel tankers are involved in devastating trucking accidents in Miami and other cities each year. These types of accidents have a high rate of fatalities and cause environmental devastation as well.
There are many things that can make fuel tank traffic accidents in Miami and other cities so deadly:
1) Fuel tanks carry hazardous material in a less stable format. Fuel and natural gas are already flammable and hazardous but any hazardous material in liquid form can be even more deadly as it can slosh around inside a tanker and can be harder to stabilize, creating a larger risk of rollovers and accidents.
2) Fuel tank collisions are likely to lead to fires and explosions. Since the cargo is so unstable in a motor vehicle crash in Miami or another city, a fuel tank can catch fire or even explode. In this situation, the fuel inside the tank can feed the flames, causing an inferno that is strong enough to melt the road and cause severe damage to the traffic around the trucks and traffic.
3) Fuel tank crashes can be a challenge for emergency response teams. Due to the fire and explosions these collisions can cause, fire fighters and other emergency responders can have a hard time getting close to the source of the blaze. This can mean that it takes some time to put the fire out, leading to more serious fire damage. Since emergency responders may not be able to get too close, they may also have a hard time offering life-saving treatment to those who were at the center of the accident and blaze.
4) Fuel tank accidents can result in environmental and secondary damage. When emergency responders are sent to a fuel tanker accident, they often send HAZMAT teams. The bystanders, homeowners, and motorists who are near the crash, though, do not have the layers of protection that HAZMAT suits and equipment offer. These bystanders may be exposed to smoke, hazardous materials, and toxins. Although authorities may try to clean up spilled fuel and may try to absorb some of the fuel spilled on the road, some of the toxins may seep into water sources or may continue to be present in the area for some time, possibly leading to health concerns for local residents as well as risks of secondary road accidents.
If you have been involved in a fuel tank accident, your damages and losses are likely to be considerable. Before you make any decisions related to your case and your future, consult with a personal injury attorney so that you can explore how much your potential case may be worth. If you would like to speak with a personal injury attorney today, you can always contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, in-person case consultation to review your case.