The Complexities of Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents
During the morning hours of July 6, 2018, a tanker carrying liquid nitrogen caught fire on 1-95 near Clinton, Connecticut.
After the fire was controlled, the tanker was loaded onto a tow truck. After, as it was being towed to Bozrah, Connecticut, the tanker tipped over and rolled off the tow truck. No injuries have been reported.
CMV Accidents and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA)
This accident highlights the complexities of tractor trailer related accidents. Tractor trailers qualify as commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and are highly regulated by the federal government under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA). In this case, two commercial motor vehicles may have been involved since tow trucks can also fall under those regulations. Moreover, commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to carry certain endorsements on their licenses. There is one endorsement specific to tankers. This endorsement requires a trucker to take a test before they are allowed to operate a truck hauling a tanker.
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By delaying seeking legal assistance, you give the tractor-trailer companies an advantage. Although no injuries were reported in the accident on July 6, these facts highlight the need to hire an attorney with experience handling tractor trailer and other commercial motor vehicle cases. If you are involved in an accident or crash involving a CMV, contact our Stanger Stanfield attorneys. They have extensive experience handling cases involving commercial motor vehicles. As a result, our truck accident lawyers are skilled at navigating the complexities of the FMCSA and know what rules and regulations apply to unusual CMV accidents.
A link to the original news article can be found here: https://fox61.com/2018/07/06/i-95-in-clinton-closed-due-to-tanker-fire/