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UPDATE: South Lake Tahoe Tanker Truck Accident On Highway 50 Injured 1 Driver Near Meyers

Sep 9, 2019

South Lake Tahoe Truck Accident: South Lake Tahoe Tanker Truck Accident On Highway 50 Injured 1 Driver Near Meyers

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA (September 8, 2019) – One person was killed and another person was seriously injured in a tanker truck accident on a Highway 50 bridge over the Upper Truckee River. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 11:40 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the tanker big rig and car collided on the Highway 50 bridge. 

Witnesses reported seeing the tanker truck fishtailing prior to the accident. The force of the impact caused the big rig to explode in flames, killing its driver. 

The driver of another car was seriously injured and had to be transported to the hospital. An investigation into the South Lake Tahoe truck accident remains ongoing. 

Liability In Tanker Truck Accidents

Tanker trucks are specifically designed to carry tens of thousands of pounds of gasoline or petrol. A fully loaded tanker truck can carry as much as  80,000 lbs. They can be particularly difficult to drive due to their high center of gravity. This is why it is so important for truck drivers to receive proper training. Here are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents according to the FMCSA: 

  • Brake problems
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Fishtailing can occur when a truck’s tires loose friction on the road either to dirt, sand, gravel, rain snow or ice. Fishtailing is more likely to occur when trucks or other vehicles are moving quickly. Truck drivers should reduce their speed during inclement weather in order to prevent accidents. Victims of truck accidents often suffer from a wide variety of injuries including:

  • Head injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Psychological injuries

Victims of tanker truck accidents may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. It’s important to continue to seek follow up care after an accident and to document your injuries. A truck accident attorney can evaluate all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Getting Help After A truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to all of the victims of this South Lake Tahoe truck accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent accidents like this in the future. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a tanker truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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