Bensalem, PA- A fuel spill tied up traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours Tuesday after a crash involving one passenger car and three tractor-trailers. Along with the gridlock, the accident resulted in a lengthy cleanup that took several hours to complete.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Closed After Fuel Spill
The Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem was closed for hours Tuesday, December 19, 2017, while crews cleaned up 100 gallons of fuel. The accident, which involved a passenger auto and three 18-wheelers, snarled traffic, jamming traffic in the region through the morning commute.
The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. on the turnpike between the Bensalem and Willow Grove interchanges, the Morning Times reports. The cause of the accident is not known.
One of the truck spilled diesel fuel down an embankment. Because of the spill, authorities closed 8 miles of the turnpike and had to reroute traffic, the Bensalem Patch.
Two people were injured, but the extent of those injuries is unknown, the Bensalem Patch reports.
The Cost of Cleaning Up a Fuel Spill
According to Trucking Info, the average amount of fuel spilled in a tanker accident is 100 gallons, and the cleanup costs for a spill of that size is around $15,000. If the material makes its way to streams or other waterways, the expense of cleanup will skyrocket and can result in civil fines if there is environmental contamination.
Even if a truck driver is not responsible for a collision, they may be liable for a spill. Under federal law, the person in control of the material is considered the spill generator, whether their actions caused a spill or not, Trucking Info reports. The spill generator is the first in line to pay for the cleanup. That driver may be able to recoup the costs for cleanup from the at-fault party’s insurer, but the truck driver will be asked to cover the immediate expenses.Was your property damaged in a truck crash? Call a trucking accident lawyer in Pennsylvania if you want to recover the costs you incurred.
Call a Truck Accident Lawyer in Pennsylvania
The costs of commercial trucking accident can add up quickly even if no one is injured. A property-damage-only crash can cost the victim tens of thousands of dollars. No accident victim should be asked to cover those costs of an accident they didn’t cause. To recover economic damages for your property damage, speak to a trucking accident lawyer in Pennsylvania. USAttorneys.com will connect you with a skilled litigator. Call and arrange your free initial consultation.
Who is Liable for the Costs of Truck Accidents?
You can’t recover any of your accident-related expenses until you identify the party or parties at fault for an accident. The entities that may be liable for a commercial trucking accident include:
The truck driver,
Third party owner,
Or, parts manufacturer.
Once you retain one of our top-notch attorneys in Pennsylvania, they will work quickly to identify the liable parties. Let one get started on your case today.