According to a study from the National Transportation Safety Board, tanker trailers need to be made less prone to rollovers. Some possible improvements the NTSB recommends are mandatory stability control systems.
The NTSB reached those conclusions after investigating a 2009 accident involving an AmeriGas Propane truck. The truck rolled over on an interstate connection ramp and dumped out over 9,000 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas, which formed a vapor cloud and ignited. The accident occurred when the truck driver was attempting to negotiate a left curve while the left lane was occupied by a car through a series of steering maneuvers.
According to the NTSB, there are over 1,300 rollovers a year involving cargo tank motor vehicles. The investigation found that loaded tank trailers do not allow much room for operator error. In addition, many drivers do not get much rollover training. The NTSB found that if a stability control system had been installed the accident may have been prevented. The NTSB has issued recommendations to several government agencies, including a comprehensive rollover prevention program, mandatory stability control systems, and minimum performance standards for new cargo tanks.
It’s important to remember that tank trailers on the roads can be dangerous, particularly if you are driving next to them in a situation in which they could roll over, such as while negotiating a curve. Try not to spend an extended amount of time driving next to those trucks, and do not pull in front of them or take any other aggressive driving actions near them.
Have you been seriously injured in an accident with a tank trailer or a semi-truck? If so, contact Orange County accident attorney Don Sjaarda. He has extensive experience in truck accident cases and will work hard to get you the award you deserve. Call him today at 714-963-8216 to learn more.