Tanker truck accidents can be far more dangerous that semi truck accidents because of the hazardous, harmful, and often flammable and toxic cargo that they contain. When a tanker truck driver’s negligence results in an accident not only are the occupants of other vehicles at risk but also those whose homes or workplaces are near the tanker truck spill area.
When a tanker truck hauling toxic and or flammable chemicals is involved in an accident which is so severe that it causes a spill onto the highway and surrounding landscape, the risk of injury to the community at large increases dramatically.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident involving a tanker or fuel truck, contact Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at (206) 539-0939 to schedule your free legal consultation.
Davis Law Group studied fuel truck accident data available from the Washington State Patrol and learned that the number of accident involving fuel trucks has been steadily increasing over the past several years.
During the four year period that spans from 2016 through 2019 there were 203 accidents involving fuel trucks in Washington State. Twenty-six percent (26%) of those accidents resulted in an injury or fatality.
2016 – 45
2018 – 55
2019 – 57
Thirty percent (30%) of fuel truck crashes happened in King County; eleven percent (11%) in Pierce County: nine percent (9%) in Snohomish County; and seven percent (7%) in Spokane County.
Washington State’s economic growth is leading to increased spending, manufacturing, shipping, etc – and contributing to an increase in trucking traffic and collisions.
Tanker trucks carrying flammable liquids or hazardous materials are basically giant moving bombs with a huge risk of fire or explosion.
Although some trucks carry dairy products such as milk, in Washington State tanker trucks are primarily carrying toxic substances over roads and highways. Dangerous cargo includes:
According to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the US Department of Transportation,
not all chemical spills in Washington State involve a tanker truck accident. Many highway or roadway chemical spills are the result of loose or open valve closures; overfilled trucks; punctured tanks; human error and other causes. These spills can result in environmental disaster or toxic conditions for humans and wildlife.
Our legal team is dedicated to helping you get the best possible result for your fuel truck accident injury case, as we have for each and every one of our clients over 25 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tanker or fuel accident in Washington State, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced accident attorney in Seattle. Call our office at (206) 539-0939.
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