HAZMAT Trucks Pose a Serious Risk of Injury to Motorists
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates1 that there were approximately 95,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks during 2013. While all large trucks pose a risk of injury to other people using the road, trucks that are hauling hazardous loads or cargo pose a particularly high risk. Trucks that are designed to carry dangerous materials are called HAZMAT trucks, and they often carry cargo that is explosive, flammable, toxic, corrosive, or otherwise dangerous to human health and personal and real property. As a result, these trucks are subject to significant regulatory oversight by both federal and state governments. Unfortunately, in spite of this oversight, HAZMAT trucks continue to be involved in serious accidents that result in bodily injury and property damage each year.
People who are injured in accidents involving HAZMAT trucks or other commercial vehicles are often entitled to significant financial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900.
What kinds of dangerous cargo do HAZMAT trucks carry?
HAZMAT trucks are designed to carry a variety of dangerous cargo, ranging from pressurized and flammable gases to explosives such as dynamite or fireworks. Some other examples of the kinds of dangerous cargo often carried by HAZMAT trucks include the following:
– Radioactive waste
– Explosive devices
– Ammonium nitrate
– Battery fluid
– Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
– Rocket fuels
– Biohazard materials
When HAZMAT trucks are involved in collisions, there is a significant hazard regarding the security of its cargo. When hazardous materials escape into the environment, human health can be seriously affected either by toxic materials or secondary accidents involving the truck’s cargo. For example, if chlorine gas escapes from a truck’s trailer, it can cause serious injury if inhaled by individuals who are near the accident site. In addition, materials like gasoline and propane can easily ignite potentially causing explosions or fires that may injure people or cause significant damage to property. Another example of the risk posed by HAZMAT truck accidents occurs when a truck’s cargo contaminates the area around where the accident took place. A situation like this could significantly affect the value of property, pose risks to human health, require people to move, and may make land unusable for years of potentially even decades.
HAZMAT truck accidents can cause serious injuries
When a HAZMAT truck is involved in an accident, the injuries that people sustain can be extremely serious and result in long-term medical complications or even disabilities. Some of the kinds of injuries commonly sustained in HAZMAT truck accidents include the following:
– Neurological injuries
– Chemical burns
– Soft tissue injuries
– Traumatic brain injuries2
– Spinal cord injuries
These injuries and others that may be sustained in a truck accident could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, if not more. Additionally, people who develop disabilities may be unable to work and may have a significantly diminished earning capacity throughout the course of their lifetime. Consequently, anyone injured in an accident involving a HAZMAT truck or any type of motor vehicle should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Victims should keep in mind that truck accident claims are subject to Florida’s strict statute of limitations, so it is important not to delay in retaining legal counsel because it could affect your ability to recover.
Contact the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Clearwater truck accident lawyer
Commercial trucks carrying hazardous material are capable of causing extremely serious injuries and significant damage to property. Luckily for people injured by semis or other trucks, Florida law usually entitles people affected by the negligence of others to significant financial compensation. The kinds of damages that are often available in a Clearwater truck accident case include compensation for property damage, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income, loss of quality of life, as well as others. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been helping people injured in preventable accidents since 2009 and always seek the highest level of compensation available for each client, even if it means taking a case to trial. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater truck accident attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900. Prospective clients can also send us an email through our online contact form available here.
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