Filing a Tanker Truck Lawsuit in Mississippi
While any car accident can cause devastating injuries, truck accidents are particularly difficult because of the size and the speed of these vehicles. And because these trucks are usually hauling goods to stores or warehouses, an accident involving a truck typically brings in a company that will fight tooth and nail to protect its interests in court. One type of truck accident in particular poses special physical, environmental, and legal dangers: Tanker truck accidents.
Serious Tanker Truck Accident in Mississippi
Earlier this year in Warren County, a tanker truck carrying 5,000 gallons of fuel struck a traffic median and shut down Interstate 20 for more than 12 hours. The driver had to be airlifted from the scene. And because the truck posed a hazard to a nearby drainage ditch thanks to its hazardous cargo, crews had to spend extra time cleaning up the scene.
Causes of Mississippi Tanker Truck Accidents
Though the often flammable and toxic liquid in tanker trucks makes these accidents more dangerous, the causes of these collisions are often no more unusual than any other traffic accident. Tanker trucks crash because drivers make errors, get distracted, or drive while fatigued. Sometimes the shifting liquid in the tanker causes the driver to lose control, although properly trained drivers are supposed to take several precautions to ensure that an off-balance load does not cause a tanker to tip over.
If a driver does not take these precautions, it can be evidence that the driver breached his or her duty of care to the public and acted negligently. Proving negligence is required, along with meeting other legal elements, prior to being awarded any recovery in a tanker truck accident case in Mississippi.
What Happens Immediately After a Mississippi Tanker Truck Accident
Tanker truck accidents draw even more police officers, firefighters and EMTs to the scene of the crash to keep the public away from the area and ensure the situation does not quickly deteriorate. State or possibly federal environmental workers will likely also arrive quickly to determine if there is any danger to water sources or wildlife in the area, as a result of any leakage from the tanker, and how to best proceed with a clean-up operation.
In addition to emergency personnel, the company that owns the truck will likely send an accident response team made up of its employees to the scene. It’s important to keep in mind that this team is working on behalf of the company to investigate the accident and limit its liability. If you’ve been involved in a tanker truck accident, these company employees may approach you and ask you questions about the incident, but you are not required to speak with them, and can refer them to speak with your attorney. If you do not have an attorney yet, you can advise them that your attorney will be in contact with them in the near future. In fact, speaking to them could hurt your case if you pursue a lawsuit related to the tanker truck accident.
Contact Us For Help With Your Case
The damage and injuries left behind by a tanker truck accident can be devastating, but an attorney experienced with litigating truck accident cases can fight for you to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced Mississippi personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice today for a free consultation.