It is inevitable that car and truck accidents will occur on the roadways. Dealing with the aftermath of a car or truck crash is extremely difficult for those involved in these types of accidents. People in car and truck accidents often come away from the accident seriously injured and in difficult financial situations. In even more devastating accidents, death may result. In both cases, the person or persons responsible for the accident need to be held accountable for their actions on the roadways.
Truck accidents, like car accidents, have a tendency to cause major physical and emotional damage to the victims who are involved in the accident. With truck accidents, not only are there ramifications from the accident itself, but also, depending on the type of truck involved, the accident may cause problems for the community as a whole. For example, when trucks carrying hazardous materials are in a traffic accident, special steps need to be taken at the scene of the accident to ensure that everyone in the vicinity will be safe..
In Upper Milford Township in Pennsylvania, a man was killed recently when his car collided with a tanker truck. The tanker was parked when the driver collided with it, causing the fuel in the truck to spill. Hazmat crews had to be called to the scene of the accident to contain and clean up the spill. The driver of the car died as a result of the crash. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Because of the dangers they pose, from their sheer size and weight to their potentially toxic payloads, authorities investigate accidents involving big rigs thoroughly. Even if it is determined that the driver of the truck was not negligent, the truck is inspected to see if a defective auto part could have played a role in the accident or if there was some other exacerbating circumstance.
Source: 6 ABC Action News, "Man killed in crash with tanker truck in Lehigh County," Nov. 12, 2012