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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Truck Accident on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Ohio Truck Driver Charged after Crash with Train, Hydrochloric Acid Leak

When an Ohio truck driver hauling a tanker loaded with 4,000 pounds of hydrochloric acid collided with a train in early March this year, chaos ensued. 42-year-old Jacob T Shank has now been charged with causing a catastrophe, risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, disregarding the signal indicating approach of a train, trucks carrying explosives required to stop before crossing railroad tracks, careless driving, and reckless driving, after admitting responsibility for the accident.

On March 6, a tanker driven by Shank entered a railroad crossing without stopping, as a Norfolk Southern train approached. Due to the truck driver’s failure to follow legal requirements to stop before crossing the tracks, the two vehicles collided, resulting in a leak of hazardous materials from the tanker. Washington County Hazardous Material Team were amongst the emergency responders, as a white cloud of vapor rose from the tanker, necessitating the evacuation of several people from nearby homes. Truck driver Jacob T Shank was taken to hospital and treated for broken ribs, broken sternum, leg injury, abrasions and lacerations, the occupants of the train were taken by ambulance to another hospital, and several members of the local community were forced to leave their homes.

Shank was not found to be under the influence of any form of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, and is now awaiting arraignment at district court.

Trucking Accidents, in Los Angeles and Further Afield, Can Have Catastrophic Consequences

While car accidents are commonplace in areas as heavily-populated as Los Angeles and surrounding areas, it is more unusual for large tankers, trucks and commercial vehicles to be involved. However, despite the lower numbers of these accidents, the size, weight, and reduced maneuverability of large vehicles tends to result in more serious damage and injury. When a trucking accident happens, the risk of death is considerable.

Did you know that standard commercial semi-trucks can weigh around 80,000 pounds? Picture that coming at your car at around 40 miles per hour in a collision, and you can easily understand where the increased risk of catastrophic injury and death comes from. In 2012 alone, over 3,900 Americans were fatally injured in trucking accidents, with another 104,000 sustaining injuries. Of those injured and killed in these trucking accidents, only 18% were occupants of the truck, with much of the impact affecting drivers and occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians.

If you have been injured in a Los Angeles trucking accident, an expert attorney from Kristensen LLP could ensure you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to, through thoroughly investigating factors such as:

  • The speed at which the truck was travelling
  • Whether the truck driver had followed NHTSA safety regulations, including recording hours worked, avoiding fatigue, and maintaining the truck to a safe standard
  • Any evidence of the truck driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, or other factors impairing reaction speeds

Reach Out to a Los Angeles Trucking Accident Attorney Who is Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights

When you have been injured in a trucking accident through no fault of your own, an experienced Los Angeles attorney could help you to recover the damages and compensation you deserve. To schedule your initial consultation with our Los Angeles trucking accident attorney, call us today on 310-984-1297.