Tanker trucks get things like milk and gas around the nation, but the drivers of these rigs must ensure that they’re operating them safely or they can put others around them at risk. One hazard that’s present is that the liquids within the tanker can slosh around and surge, which can cause the trucker to lose control. While there are some systems in place that can reduce the risk of these occurring, the trucker must still be very careful.
There are several ways that a trucker can further reduce the chance that something is going to happen. Making sure they aren’t speeding is important, especially around curves. These tankers shouldn’t go the speed limit. Ideally, they’ll stay 10 miles per hour under the speed limit for curves in the road. The issue is that driving too fast around curves can cause a rollover if the liquid sloshes to one side.
The amount of liquid is another potential hazard. Full loads are much safer than partial loads. Around 94% of rollover crashes are partial-load hauls that slosh and surge more than a full tanker. Ramps and curves are major issues for partially full tankers.
The truckers who operate these rigs must ensure that they’re well-rested and focused on their driving duties. They have to be prepared to react to whatever happens on the roadways, so being alert and physically ready are important.
Anyone who’s struck by a tanker truck should seek medical care for their injuries first. Then, when you are able, speak to an attorney about your right to compensation for your losses.