08/28/2014 (press release: EbersteinWitherite) // Brian Eberstein
Semi truck accidents are frightening to encounter. Passersby often witness a gruesome scene these types of accidents leave behind. Fuel spills occur with many truck accidents, leading to fires or explosions. The devastating picture left under these circumstances can be even more difficult to witness. Burning vehicles, highway damage, vehicle parts strewn throughout an accident area, lane closures, and victims badly injured are a few of the things that witnesses may see. Cleanup and investigation of these scenes can take up to several days.
Recently, a fiery 18-wheeler crash near Dallas involving a fuel spill led to the shutdown of a major highway.
Source CBSDFW.COM Report “18-Wheeler Crash & Fire Shuts Down Part Of U.S. 75”
“An 18-wheeler was involved in a crash with at least one other vehicle. The semi caught fire after the wreck. The truck was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived at the scene just before 7 p.m.”
To read the report further visit http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/08/13/18-wheeler-crash-fire-shuts-down-part-of-u-s-75/.
Reports say that no one was killed in the accident on U.S. Highway 75; however, two people were taken to a nearby hospital. The severity of their injuries was not yet known at the time of the CBSDFW.COM report.
According to the semi truck accident injury lawyers of the Eberstein & Witherite law firm, commercial vehicle accidents involving fuel spills in a number of cases leads to fatalities or very serious injury. The sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler in comparison to passenger vehicles makes it too strong of a force for lighter vehicles to reckon with.
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“Legal weight per axle is: Steer: 12,000 lbs; drives 34,000 lbs; trailer: 34,000 lbs…In comparison, the average automobile weighs over somewhere around 5,000 lbs.”
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The truck accident injury attorneys further note that many semi truck accidents are caused by negligence or errors on the part of truck drivers or the companies they work for. Speeding, failing to do proper maintenance or inspection on a truck, and driving while intoxicated or fatigued are among the most commonly reported issues linked to accidents where truck drivers or companies have been deemed at fault. Fuel spills have also been a factor in many of these cases, exacerbating the damages and injuries.
Those who have been involved in semi truck accidents involving fuel spills, or who have lost loved ones in these types of accidents can contact the Eberstein & Witherite firm for a free case evaluation to assess their legal options. The law firm has helped numerous truck accident victims in Texas obtain just compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the misconduct of negligent truck drivers. The firm’s helpline is always open.