On December 17, a serious tanker truck crash took place on Route 101 in New Hampshire. The tanker that crashed carried 11,000 gallons of gas. Law enforcement officials reported that the tanker was driving in the slow lane of traffic. A car in the fast lane swerved into the tanker, pushing the truck off of the road. The driver of the tanker truck received serious, non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the car suffered injuries that were not serious.
Tanker Truck Accidents can be Extremely Serious
Any motor vehicle accidents involving a large truck is serious and can easily result in fatalities. However, when large semi-trucks are carrying loads of gasoline, the risk of fatalities increases dramatically. In the accident mentioned above, over 5,000 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the road. Gasoline leaked into the wood line, dirt marsh, and grass. New Hampshire State Police reported that there was no fuel left on the roadway, however.
In many semi-truck accidents, the semi-truck can swerve and turn sideways across other lanes of traffic. At this point, oncoming motor vehicles often cannot avoid colliding with the truck. When cars slam into gasoline tanker trucks, those trucks can explode and cause fatalities. In August 2019, a fuel tanker exploded in Tanzania and left 62 people dead and another 70 people injured.
Who is at Fault in a Truck Accident?
Determining fault is the most important step after any motor vehicle accident. People who receive injuries in car accidents are entitled to compensation in New Hampshire when another person’s negligence caused the semi-truck accident. Common examples of driver negligence include all of the following:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving while intoxicated
- Texting while driving
- Not paying attention to the road
In the accident mentioned above, it is possible that the driver who swerved into the truck’s lane was driving negligently. Law enforcement officials are still looking into leads for the accident and investigating the cause of the accident.
Recovering Compensation in a Tanker Truck Accident
In order to recover compensation in a tanker truck accident, the plaintiff must prove that the at-fault driver’s intentionally poor, negligent, or reckless driving caused the accident. The victim must also prove that he or she suffered bodily injuries. Obtaining a thorough medical examination is essential to recovering compensation for losses after an accident. At Ward Law, we know how to investigate all of our clients’ claims and determine who is at fault. We then come up with an effective strategy for getting our clients the compensation they need.
Our Attorneys can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a New Hampshire tanker truck accident, the attorneys at Ward Law Firm can help. We understand how difficult it can be to try to recover from injuries while worrying about medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing parties injured in truck accidents. Contact our Manchester truck accident law firm today to schedule your initial consultation.