We often talk about how truck accidents pose significant and abnormal risks in the event of an accident, but we usually refer to this only through the context of size. Obviously the larger, heavier trucks will cause significant damage when traveling at high speeds. However, large trucks are generally used to transport massive amounts of potentially hazardous materials or heavy objects, and the materials being transported can cause additional injuries as well.
Such an incident occurred recently in Oklahoma when a large tanker truck collided with a car near a highway intersection. The tanker was transporting a vast quantity of crude oil, and after the collision, both vehicles burst into flames. Fortunately, all occupants and bystanders were able to escape the vehicles before the flames began, and they were not hurt in the fire.
This accident showcases how the materials being transported by a large truck can play a part in how the accident itself plays out, including the injuries that might be suffered. Large logs that are loosely tied, for example, may break free in a collision and roll into your car, causing even more property damage and potentially injuring you as well. These injuries will be taken into consideration when determining the amount of compensation you are entitled to if you file a successful personal injury claim against the truck driver or trucking company.
This is another reason that enlisting the aid of an attorney can be so beneficial in the event of a truck accident. More than simply proving that you were injured in an accident, an attorney can help establish the extent of your injuries and their causes, meaning that you will get the full amount of compensation that you deserve. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, especially a truck accident, consider discussing your case with an attorney.