Semi-trucks are big, heavy and dangerous. They weigh about 20 times more than the average car, and they take longer to come to a complete stop on the highway. Semi truck accidents are devastating, and they can cause even more harm if the truck is carrying hazardous chemicals.
Trucks that carry hazardous chemicals are called tanker trucks. Tanker trucks pose a variety of threats depending on their cargo, including:
- Rollovers. Rollovers are common with tanker trucks carrying chemicals. When the cargo is liquid, the weight can easily shift around. If the driver is not careful coming to a stop or going around a steep turn, they are likely to roll over.
- Explosions. Gasoline tanker trucks can turn a normal truck accident into a devastating explosion in a matter of seconds. These types of accidents often leave no survivors.
- Release of toxic chemicals. Trucks carrying chemicals like chlorine pose an immediate risk to the surrounding area if an accident causes a leak. The wind can carry fumes to nearby residents, causing illness and possibly death. Authorities sometimes evacuate entire neighborhoods in the event of a chemical truck accident.
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