Tractor Trailer and Tanker Accident Shuts Down Highway
Recently, a tractor trailer collided with a tanker truck, shutting the highway down for several hours, according to a local news report. Police report that the crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. A Publix grocery store tractor trailer collided with a fuel tanker while on the Interstate 285 bridge. The accident propelled the tractor trailer and tanker off the bridge and onto GA 400. The fuel tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline, but fortunately the fuel was contained within the vehicle and no leak occurred.
Both truck drivers were briefly trapped within their vehicles, but rescue personnel and witnesses to the crash managed to pull them out. They sustained non-life threatening injuries. One other driver was injured in the truck accident. The catastrophic scene shut down both roadways for some time and the tanker had to be left by the side of the road until it could safely be removed.
Fuel Tanker Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries or Death
Most accidents involving fuel tankers do not result in such a fortunate outcome as this recent Georgia accident. Fuel tankers carry thousands of gallons of fuel at any given times. These tankers are constructed so as to minimize the risk of fuel leaks, but in the event of a serious accident, explosions and immense fires can occur when the fuel tank is punctured or otherwise compromised.
It is critical that a team of truck accident attorneys, in conjunction with police and federal truck accident investigators, thoroughly investigate any crash. The rules concerning tractor trailers and fuel tankers are complex. Drivers are often subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which mandate safety requirements dependent upon the type of vehicle. For instance, drivers cannot exceed a certain number of driving hours each day or week. In addition, drivers can be subjected to mandatory drug testing following an accident.
The injuries sustained by the victims of fuel tanker and other large truck crashes are often traumatic. If you have been injured in this type of accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Your truck accident attorney will help gather evidence to uncover whether negligence played a role in the crash and will also assist you in documenting your injuries. When the time comes to file a truck accident claim, your attorney will fight to see that you receive compensation for your injuries. Given the severity of the injuries often seen in these crashes, this could include long term disability payments, future medical expenses and more.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Put Our Over 30 Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact the Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm is dedicated to assisting those injured in all manner of traffic accidents across Georgia and in the Southeast and we bring over 30 years of experience to your car accident case, providing you with the compassionate representation you need to protect your rights. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.