Three cars collided in a chain-reaction collision that overturned an RV and a propane tanker critically injuring three and sending two others to the hospital with significant injuries. The accident happened Tuesday, April 9, 2019, around 9:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Antelope Valley Freeway near Crown Valley Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident began when the tanker truck rear-ended a Toyota Yaris which was then pushed into the back of an RV. The impact trapped two people in the RV who had to be extricated, and the propane truck overturned and began leaking propane.
Two of the patients were airlifted to Northridge Hospital Medical Center both in critical condition. Three others were taken by ambulance to the same hospital. The accident shut down the freeway for several hours while authorities controlled the leaking propane and cleared the scene. Several of the local businesses were evacuated due to the spill of a hazardous material.
Commercial Tanker Accidents
Tanker Trucks are everywhere carrying all sorts of liquid across the country. These big rigs can cause serious injury when they collide with other vehicles. The average tanker weighs around 70,000 lbs which outweighs the average passenger car by almost 20 times.
The impact alone can cause severe damage to other vehicles around it, and depending on what it’s hauling, a leak can mean a fire or hazardous substance spill that can cause further injury. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, there have been over 5,000 “serious” spills from 2005 to 2015, which are spills that cause injury or death. In the same time, 117 people have been killed, 1,500 people were injured and 112,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
Commercial Tanker Common Injuries
Tankers can cause injury in two ways, the impact and the spilling of any material. These cause certain injuries to those in the crash and sometimes to others who weren’t directly involved such as bystanders, occupants of other cars stopped for the accident or people in nearby homes and buildings. Some of these common injuries are:
- Fire Burns
- Chemical Skin Burns
- Lung Damage Chemical Inhalation
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Deep Bruises
- Thoracic Spine Injury (Whiplash)
If you weren’t involved in the accident but were injured as a result of a fire or hazardous material spill, you may have a claim against the at-fault driver in the crash.
What do I do if I’ve Been Injured in a Tanker Accident?
Once you have taken care of your immediate medical needs, you need to speak to an attorney who is familiar with these types of injuries. Do this before you talk to someone from the insurance company or their attorneys. Many times, some symptoms of chemical poisoning, for example, don’t show up short term, and an insurance agent might ask questions about your current health and this can be used against you.
Talk to an attorney at that has the knowledge and experience to properly deal with these injuries and how to handle the insurance companies and their high-rise lawyers. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.