Statistical studies by us and by others over the last 20 years show that many gasoline tank truck rollovers are single vehicle accidents on highway ramps and curves. They also show that rollovers precede most major spills, fires and fatalities.

 

 

 

This accident was no exception. A gasoline tanker rolled over on a ramp in Detroit and caught fire. What made this case unusual was that the ramp was curbed on both sides. The curbs were broken in many places, including where the tanker slid to rest. Our animated reconstruction proved that the tanker tripped on one curb and then slid at low speed into another, where it split along its front seam, spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline. The ensuing fire killed the driver.

 

 

The case went to verdict for the driver for several million dollars.