Houston — Tanker Truck Buckles, Causes Chemical to Spill on West Loop
Posted on Sunday, May 12th, 2019 at 6:20 am by Williams Hart
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, a chemical spill occurred in Houston, Texas because of a tanker trailer mishap.
According to initial reports, the tanker truck that was carrying 45,000 pounds of Stabrom 909 Biocide, was traveling along West Loop 610 when all of a sudden, it had buckled in the middle of the tank. As a result, the chemical was spilled onto the roadway.
Hazmat crews, the Houston Fire Department, and the Houston Police Department were at the scene and immediately cleaned up the spill. The ramps to the freeways have been reopened, but some streets were closed for a little while longer as the cleanup continued.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the tanker truck in this accident. Alas, there are countless other times when an accident like this happens. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
Additionally, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is a kind of vehicular accident, and it is a deadly one just because of the fact that a tractor-trailer is one of the largest and most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 2 million tractor-trailers roaming in the United States, and each year, they get involved in about 500,000 accidents. And since the size of a tractor-trailer is enormous, the results of this kind of accident are catastrophic, from a severe injury to death.
Vehicular accidents, especially those involving trucks, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in truck accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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