A Tanker or Tractor-Trailer Out of Control Can Become a Lethal Weapon on Georgia Roads


March 21, 2011

Tractor-trailers and fuel tankers on the road are an everyday and necessary component of a thriving and healthy national economy. When these massive trucks, often transporting hazardous or toxic loads across the country, are involved in a serious tanker or tractor-trailer accident, the consequences can be devastating. However, a vehicle that weighs 80,000 pounds and is up to 75 feet in length can turn deadly in a mere instant for smaller cars, vans and SUVs that share the roadways with these potentially lethal giants.

Large trucks, which include fuel tankers and tractor-trailers, account for 1 in every 9 road traffic accidents. Ninety-four percent of the time occupants of the vehicle that collides with a tanker or tractor-trailer will be killed or seriously injured.

There are virtually an endless amount of causes for accidents involving large diesel tankers or tractor-trailer trucks. Drivers are often tasked with working grueling delivery schedules and driving while fatigued. In some instances, commercial truck drivers use drugs to try and stay alert instead of abiding by hours of service rules to avoid fatigue. Moving goods and products across the country often requires transporting dangerous chemicals –– sometimes toxic or explosive. A lost toxic or chemical load as a result of an accident can increase the danger associated with such accidents. Another cause that can help facilitate a fatal fuel tanker or tractor-trailer accident is a faulty inspection where potential dangers are overlooked.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggests several safety recommendations to help curb deisel tanker and tractor-trailer accidents that have been largely disregarded by the trucking industry. These recommendations include installation of warning systems that offer audible and visual warning alerts when a truck is in imminent danger of crashing into another truck or vehicle. The cost of the equipment, $1000 to $2000, is miniscule when compared to the lives that could be saved. It is estimated that the installation of the equipment could prevent about 96 deaths and close to 5000 trucking accidents per year. Another recommendation by the NTSB is the installment of safety regulations dealing with driver fatigue, which is the cause of approximately thirty-one percent of heavy truck accidents. A speeding semi-truck with a driver asleep at the wheel can have a devastating impact on anything in its path.

A serious fuel tanker or tractor-trailer accident can occur anywhere at anytime in the State of Georgia. In Atlanta, highways such as Interstate 75, Interstate 85, Interstate 20, Interstate 16, and the I-285 Beltway are especially prone to trucking accidents that cause serious injury and death. We have handled many of these cases and can respond quickly to protect a client’s rights and preserve evidence if he or she or a loved one has been injured or killed on any of these highways, or anywhere in Georgia or the Southeast.

It is sometimes difficult to pin down the cause of a commercial trucking or tanker accident. A personal injury claim or lawsuit in Atlanta, Georgia can involve the tractor-trailer’s owner, the actual driver, and the manufacturer of parts found to be defective, and the buyer, purchaser, seller or persons involved in handling the load. If you or a family member have been involved in a tanker or tractor-trailer accident, the dedicated commercial trucking lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will work hard to help you obtain the compensation you need so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Fuel tankers are especially hazardous because of their highly flammable and explosive cargo. Fuel tankers pose unique risks and are subject to special regulations. The victim of a fuel tanker or other commercial trucking accident needs a law firm thoroughly versed in these special risks and regulations. Our experienced Georgia commercial trucking tanker attorneys have been representing accident victims throughout Georgia for over 27 years.

Our attorneys are committed to fighting for the best interests of our clients as part of our goal of being the best personal injury lawyers in Atlanta. Our experienced Atlanta commercial truck accident attorneys will strive to get the best results possible in your case. Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 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.

Category: Truck Accidents

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