Tampa Truck Accident Causes Diesel Spill Downtown
A Tampa truck accident caused diesel to spill on Jefferson Street downtown on December 17. According to Tampa police, a vodka delivery truck and a passenger vehicle were involved in the accident. Details of the crash remain unknown, but the car punctured a fuel tank on the truck, causing diesel to leak onto the street.
Responders used a kiddie pool under the leak to prevent more from spilling onto the street. According to officials, about 60 gallons total spilled onto Jefferson Street. Whiting Street to Kennedy Boulevard and Jackson Street from Jefferson to Pierce Street was closed for about three hours while crews worked to clean up the hazardous spill. Tampa Fire Rescue reported that one person suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Commercial truck drivers can cause serious accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries when they are negligent behind the wheel. Oftentimes, commercial trucks are carrying hazardous loads that can cause serious damage or hurt others in the event of a rollover or collision. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver exhaustion
- Driver inattentiveness
- Driving under the influence
- Unsecured loads
- Exceeding maximum load
- Driver fatigue
- Negligent passing, speeding and failure to follow the rules of the road
Unfortunately, truck accidents often result in serious and potentially fatal injuries. Due to their large size, commercial trucks can do a lot of damage to other vehicles and motorists. If you have been injured in a Florida truck accident, our personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation. You do not have to fight for justice alone. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.