Tanker Explosion in Giddings Causes at Least Two Injuries

by | Jul 10, 2024 | 18 Wheeler Accident, Explosion, Personal Injury, Truck Accident

A catastrophic tanker explosion occurred east of Giddings, Texas, early Sunday morning, resulted in significant road closures and left at least two individuals injured. The incident involved a truck tractor carrying barrels of crude oil, which collided with a car while attempting to merge onto the highway. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the collision as the community grapples with the aftermath of this devastating event.

Tanker explosions are not as common as other accidents on Texas roadways, but when they occur, they are catastrophic. Below, the truck accident attorneys at Kherkher Garcia discuss these incidents in more detail. We also provide information on how truck accident victims can protect their legal rights.

Tanker Explosion Incident Details

Authorities are investigating a tanker explosion that occurred off U.S. Highway 290 east of Giddings, Texas, on Sunday morning. A truck carrying crude oil barrels collided with a car while attempting to enter the highway, leading to a fiery explosion. The road was closed for hours, and two people in the car were injured and transported to a medical facility. The investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is ongoing. Eyewitness David Els described the intense heat and smoke from the explosion as he passed the scene.

How Common are Tanker Explosions?

Tanker explosions on U.S. roadways are relatively uncommon compared to other types of vehicle accidents, but they do occur. Exact statistics can vary by year and source, but here are some general insights:

  • Frequency: Tanker truck accidents involving hazardous materials, including explosions, happen but are infrequent compared to the total number of roadway accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) monitor and report such incidents.
  • Data: According to the FMCSA, hazardous materials are involved in a small percentage of all truck-related accidents. Among those, incidents leading to explosions are even less common.
  • Causes: Most tanker truck accidents involve spills rather than explosions. Explosions usually require a combination of factors, such as a collision, the presence of flammable materials, and an ignition source.
  • Impact: When tanker explosions do occur, they can be particularly dangerous and lead to significant damage, injuries, or fatalities due to the large amounts of hazardous materials involved.
  • Prevention: Regulatory measures, safety protocols, and technological advancements in vehicle design and hazardous material handling help minimize the risk of such incidents.

For specific and up-to-date statistics, one would typically refer to reports from federal agencies like FMCSA or PHMSA, which provide detailed data on hazardous material transportation incidents.

What are Some Causes of Tanker Explosions?

Tanker explosions on Texas roadways can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Collisions: Accidents involving other vehicles can lead to tanker explosions, especially if the tanker is carrying flammable materials.
  • Driver Error: Human factors like fatigue, distracted driving, speeding, or impaired driving can contribute to accidents.
  • Mechanical Failures: Issues such as brake failure, tire blowouts, or engine problems can cause accidents that result in explosions.
  • Maintenance Issues: Lack of regular maintenance on the tanker can result in mechanical failures that lead to accidents and explosions.
  • Improper Loading or Securing of Cargo: If the cargo is not loaded or secured properly, it can shift during transit, leading to instability and potential accidents.
  • Chemical Reactions: Certain chemicals being transported may react with each other or external factors, causing explosions.
  • External Factors: Objects or debris on the roadway, animal crossings, or sudden obstacles can cause tanker drivers to lose control.
  • Road Conditions: Poor road conditions, including potholes, uneven surfaces, and lack of proper signage, can lead to accidents.
  • Weather Conditions: Adverse weather such as rain, fog, or ice can reduce visibility and road traction, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Understanding and addressing these factors can help in preventing such dangerous incidents.

What Injuries are Often Reported in Collisions Involving Tanker Trucks?

Collisions involving tanker trucks often result in serious injuries due to the size of the vehicles and the hazardous materials they may be transporting. Common injuries reported in these incidents include:

  • Burns: Due to explosions or fires caused by the hazardous materials.
  • Inhalation Injuries: From toxic fumes or smoke resulting from spills or explosions.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Caused by head impacts during the collision.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Resulting in paralysis or other mobility issues.
  • Fractures and Broken Bones: Common in high-impact collisions.
  • Internal Injuries: Such as damage to organs from the force of the crash.
  • Lacerations and Abrasions: Due to broken glass, debris, or the impact itself.
  • Whiplash: From the sudden jolt during the collision.
  • Crush Injuries: Particularly in cases where vehicles are severely deformed or trapped under the tanker.
  • Psychological Trauma: Including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression following the accident.

The severity of injuries often depends on factors such as the speed of the vehicles, the type of hazardous material involved, the effectiveness of safety measures (like seat belts and airbags), and the promptness of emergency response.

What Can Injured Motorists do to Protect Their Rights After a Collision?

Injured motorists can take several steps to protect their rights after a collision involving a tanker truck:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Immediately get medical help for any injuries. Documenting your injuries early is crucial for both your health and any potential legal claims.
  • Contact Law Enforcement: Ensure that the accident is reported to the police. A police report will provide an official record of the incident.
  • Document the Scene: If possible, take photos and videos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, and any visible injuries. This evidence can be vital for any legal proceedings.
  • Collect Information: Gather contact information from the truck driver, witnesses, and any other parties involved. Also, note the tanker truck’s company details and insurance information.
  • Preserve Evidence: Keep all medical records, repair bills, and any other documentation related to the accident. This includes keeping copies of any communications with insurance companies or other parties.
  • Avoid Admissions of Fault: Do not admit fault or make statements that could be used against you later. Stick to the facts when discussing the accident with the police or insurance representatives.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Inform your insurance provider about the accident as soon as possible. Provide them with the necessary information and cooperate with their investigation.
  • Consult an Attorney: Consider hiring a personal injury attorney who specializes in truck accidents. They can help you understand your rights, navigate the legal process, and ensure you receive fair compensation.

Taking these steps can help protect your rights and improve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

How Can Kherkher Garcia Help Truck Collision Victims?

At Kherkher Garcia, we specialize in personal injury cases, including truck collisions. Our team of attorneys can provide valuable assistance to truck collision victims in several ways:

Legal Expertise

Kherkher Garcia has a team of experienced attorneys who specialize in truck accident cases. We understand the complexities of trucking regulations, liability issues, and the legal process.

Case Evaluation

We offer every potential client a free initial consultation to evaluate the merits of your case. During this consultation, we help you understand your rights and the potential value of your claim.

Evidence Gathering

Not sure where to start? Our team can help collect and preserve crucial evidence, such as accident scene photos, witness statements, police reports, and truck maintenance records. We may also work with accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the collision and any contributing factors.

Handling Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. Kherkher Garcia can manage communications with insurers, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you are not pressured into accepting a low settlement.

Negotiating Settlements

Kherkher Garcia’s attorneys are skilled negotiators who can work to secure a fair settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.


If a fair settlement cannot be reached, Kherkher Garcia is prepared to take your case to court. Our attorneys have vast trial experience and can advocate effectively on your behalf. We have successfully recovered billions of dollars for injury victims.

Financial Resources

After an accident or injury, one of the primary concerns clients have is how they will afford legal counsel. At Kherkher Garcia, we offer contingency fee arrangements, meaning you only pay if we win your case. This can ease financial stress and ensure you have access to quality legal representation.

Contact Kherkher Garcia After Tanker Truck Injuries

At Kherkher Garcia, we provide guidance and support throughout the entire process, helping you navigate the challenges and uncertainties following a truck collision. Whether you were involved in a tanker explosion, collision, or other auto accident, we can help!

By leveraging our expertise and resources, we help truck collision victims pursue justice and obtain the compensation needed to recover and move forward. Learn more about our services by contacting us for a free consultation. Call 713-333-1030, or submit our online contact form to get started.


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Kevin Haynes

Kevin Haynes

Firm Partner and Trial Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Injury Trial Lawyer and Firm Partner Kevin Haynes. Kevin has been a practicing injury lawyer for more than 15 years. He has won $150 Million+ in Settlements and Verdicts for his clients. Kevin is powerful and effective in the courtroom and the trial lawyer you want on your side if you or a loved one have been seriously injured at work or on the road.

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