Tanker trucks carry a host of liquid products across the country. While it’s understandable that these liquids, such as gasoline, must be carried in bulk, these large tankers can be very unsafe on the roads.
The liquids that are in the tanker can slosh about the interior of the tank when the truck turns, accelerates, and stops. Some tanks are baffled, which means that they bulkheads in them that help to stop the surge of the liquids that occurs with the motion of the truck. Some tanks, such as those that transport food items like milk or juice, don’t have the baffled interiors.
How can truckers increase safety in these trucks?
Truckers must drive as smoothly as they can. Sharp movements can cause the trucker to lose control of the rig. The surge of the liquids can make it nearly impossible to regain control.
Because of the weight of the load, they must give themselves ample time to stop so they don’t rear-end anyone. They have to slow down as they’re coming into a curve so they don’t start to skid. When it’s raining, they must be even more cautious about acceleration and braking.
Sometimes, wrecks caused by tanker truck drivers occur – and the consequences can be devastating. If the liquids carried by the tanker happen to be caustic, the victim can suffer chemical reactions on their skin or burns. Victims of these crashes should always get medical care. Even if you don’t think that you were injured, having an evaluation is still important since it’s possible that some injuries might be hidden.
If you’ve been the victim of a tanker truck injury, find out more about your legal options. You have every right to expect fair compensation for what you’ve been through.