18-Wheeler Caught Fire on I-610 In Houston
Written by Greg on July 24, 2018
An 18-wheeler caught fire and caused lane blockages on the I-610 in Houston. The truck driver reported hearing a loud popping noise. He pulled over to find out what caused the noise and learned that the trailer was on fire. The truck was carrying a full load of cardboard, which the driver said he picked up in Sealy. The truck reportedly was filled with more than 22,000 pounds of cardboard.
As soon as the driver exited the truck and walked to the back of the rig, he saw flames. He immediately unhitched the trailer and pulled the truck far away from the burning trailer. This move ultimately saved the truck while the trailer burned, fueled by all that paper. Luckily, the fire did not cause an accident and the driver escaped without injury.
Dangers of 18-Wheeler Loads
In this case, the cause of the fire is under investigation. The situation shows just how dangerous even a seemingly innocuous load can be. If the driver had been in heavy traffic at the time or had failed to stop, the outcome could have been much worse.
Hazardous loads are often considered to be things such as petroleum products and other combustible materials. However, almost any type of material can be dangerous under the right conditions.
Loads that are not properly secured may also be dangerous. If they shift position during transit, they can cause the rig to become unstable. The driver may not be able to control the 18-wheeler. As the truck careens out of control, the load shifts even more, causing complete loss of control. In these types of accidents, the rig may end up going into oncoming traffic, might run off the road or over a bridge, or might overturn.
Rules and Regulations
There are a number of rules and regulations in place that govern commercial 18-wheelers and their drivers and owners. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administers and oversees various safety regulations that apply to 18-wheelers. These include such things as a limit to the hours that a driver can work without rest and limiting the weight that a truck can carry.
In this case, it is not clear what caused the fire. It may be up to the driver to properly load a vehicle and to determine whether the load is safe. The load in this case caught fire and the results easily could have been much worse and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fortunately, the fire occurred in the middle of the night, so it did not harm anyone. Had the problem occurred during regular traffic, other vehicles and drivers would likely have been hurt.
If you were injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. Compensation may include payment of medical bills, money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages that were incurred as a result of the negligent action.
Call the trucking accident attorney in Houston, TX for a no obligation consultation- (281) 587-1111.