A collision between two big rigs in North Richland Hills has left one person dead and two others injured. The fiery collision took place on Interstate 820 before U.S. Highway 377 in the westbound lanes. According to 5NBCDFW, the crash involved a fuel tanker and an empty animal waste truck. An air ambulance transported one person to the hospital with severe burns. Officers also reported an injured road crew worker, whose injuries were fortunately not life-threatening. The crash took place around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, but on Thursday police reported a person found dead in the wreckage of one of the vehicles.
Do Large Trucks Regularly Catch Fire?
Under normal circumstances, big rigs carry near 100 gallons of diesel fuel. When fuel is ignited, the results are catastrophic for the driver and any other motorists around. Oftentimes, tanker trucks are transporting hazardous materials like oil, gas, and other flammable chemicals.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) conducted a study to determine whether semi-trucks are more likely to catch fire in high-speed vehicle collisions. The results show that large truck fire rates are 113% higher than the light truck/passenger car fire rate of 14%. Furthermore, the majority of the wrecks occurred on long stretches of straight highway, with a steady speed of 55 mph.
The study indicates that one major contributing factor is large trucks’ weight. More weight results in great impact forces.
Another contributing factor is that fuel tanks for semi-trucks have greater exposure and are much less protected. Semi-trucks have two diesel fuel tanks on the tractor and an additional fuel tank of a refrigerated trailer.
Crossover lines between the two fuel tanks may fail due to tear, rupture, or puncture and increase the risk of fire, so tanker trucks benefit greatly from fuel inertia switches. An inertia switch is mounted to the truck and is triggered by shock or vibration. It is a part of electrical circuits that either enable or disable some functions.
The study also indicates that vehicle stiffness and reduced crush space in the semi-truck cab as well as driver sleepiness and fatigue as additional causes.
A Tanker Truck Accident Expert
Did you know that approximately every 15 minutes, a person is involved in an accident caused by a large truck? With around 500,000 truck accidents occurring every year in the U.S, resulting in about 5,000 deaths, it is estimated that by 2030, trucking accidents will be the fifth-largest cause of death in the USA.
In Texas, those injured because of someone else’s negligence have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Though the experience of a serious accident cannot be undone, you should never have to go through it alone.
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