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Tanker Truck Accident in Rancho Cordova

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December 23, 2018
Edward Smith

Tanker Truck Accident in Rancho Cordova

A Rancho Cordova tanker truck accident that caused an injury happened on December 19 shortly before 2:00 in the afternoon involving a truck and a passenger vehicle. It happened along US 50 eastbound, just east of Bidwell Street. According to the report released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a woman in a Chevy Cavalier crashed into the back of the tanker truck, which was traveling in the slow lane. It is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Tanker Truck Accident Details

The female driver of the Chevy ended up pinned inside the vehicle in the number four lane as a result of the collision. The CHP reported that the doors to the vehicle would not open, and it was necessary to call the fire department to extract the woman who was injured in the crash. An ambulance was called to transport the woman who suffered unnamed injuries, to a nearby hospital. No further details have been released as to the specific nature of the injuries at the time of this report.

Big Rig Accidents

When a motor vehicle is involved in a collision with a big rig, it generally causes serious injuries or fatalities. This is due to the difference in size and weight of the vehicles. When a motorist is involved in a tanker truck accident, the risk increases since the trucks are often transporting dangerous liquids such as gasoline or other flammables. Damage to the tank itself can cause a leak resulting in chemical burns, fires, an explosion or toxic fumes. Since some fumes have no smell, you might be inhaling dangerous substances without even being aware of it.

Common Reasons for a Tanker Truck Accident

There are a number of reasons an accident can happen that is caused by a negligent truck driver. Some of those reasons include:

  • Improper loading: If a tanker truck is carrying too small a load, it can slosh around inside the tank, causing instability. This, in turn, can cause the driver to lose control of the truck, overturn or even jackknife.
  • Improper maintenance: It is always important to maintain a vehicle to help ensure safety while out on the road. It is even more important for a big rig or tanker truck. A blowout, brake failure or problems with the steering wheel can result in a tanker truck accident.
  • Drowsy driving: One of the hazards of being a truck driver is that they are behind the wheel of the vehicle for long hours. Additionally, they become bored as anyone would. This can lead to drowsiness. Nodding off for only a few seconds is enough to cause a crash.
  • Distracted driving: Keeping your eyes on the road and staying alert to possible problems is important to avoid an accident. Truck drivers who are talking on a cell phone or texting, checking their log book or eating a meal while driving risk having an accident.

Help After an Accident With a Big Rig

Collisions involving big rigs can be complex and are not investigated in the same way as a car accident. This is why it is important to ask for advice from a seasoned truck accident attorney to find out what options are available for you. Since California is a comparative fault state, even if you are partially to blame for an accident, you may still be able to collect compensation. That compensation can pay for your lost time from work, hospitalization and medical care as well as reimburse you for your pain and suffering.

Rancho Cordova Truck Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Cordova truck accident lawyer. Motor vehicle accident injuries can result in high medical bills, lost time from work and cause financial problems for the entire family. However, if someone was negligent and caused or contributed to your accident, you may be able to collect fair compensation. Please give me a call at (916) 921-6400 in Rancho Cordova for my free and friendly advice, or you can reach me at (800) 404-5400 if you are elsewhere in Northern California. Our online contact form is also a handy way to get in touch with me.

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