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3 reasons to be extremely careful when driving near tanker trucks

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Truck Accidents

Those driving small passenger vehicles already tend to slow down and separate themselves from 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks. Their sheer size is intimidating to many motorists.

A little caution when sharing the road with trucks is wise, especially when driving near tanker trucks. Learn more about the unique dangers these vehicles pose should you become involved in a crash with one.

Fluid dynamics

When liquid cargo inside the tank sloshes around, as happens when the truck is in motion, it makes the vehicle hard to control. Even seasoned truckers have trouble maintaining control when carrying liquid. Many modern tanker trucks have baffles, which are dividers, to keep sloshing at a minimum. However, accidents still happen.


Tanker trucks usually have a low center of gravity to minimize the danger of rolling over. The slosh dynamics mentioned above can cause the center of gravity to shift and push against the side of the tank, further increasing the risk of a rollover.

Hazardous cargo

Tanker trucks often haul safe, everyday liquids like milk. However, many of these trucks on Texas roads and highways contain dangerous fluid freight like:

  • Diesel fuel or gasoline
  • Agricultural pesticides
  • Radioactive waste
  • Industrial chemicals

If the tank ruptures in a collision, its contents may leak or spill, possibly leading to a fire or explosion. Victims involved in these accidents could also suffer ill effects from exposure to hazardous cargo.

Truck drivers and trucking companies know about the danger tankers can pose. When they fail to act responsibly, and someone suffers an injury in a negligent crash, they must make things right for the victim. Learn how to maximize your compensation if a trucking accident leaves you with catastrophic injuries.