Truck Accidents Involving Hazardous Materials
All auto accidents can lead to serious injury or death. This is especially true for accidents involving semi trucks. However, when semi trucks carry hazardous materials, there is an additional risk to other drivers. In a collision, hazardous materials can lead to fires, explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. Even when there is no collision, trucks can roll over or spill hazardous materials on roadways, putting you at unnecessary risk for injury.
If you have been injured in any way due to a semi truck carrying hazardous materials, contact a truck accident attorney at the Capaz Law Firm. We will aggressively pursue your case to help you recover.
What are Hazardous Materials?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials in trucks every day. These shipments usually contain flammable liquids such as gasoline but can include a wide range of poisonous, explosive, and radioactive materials. These materials can cause fires, explosions and other dangerous conditions after a collision, truck rollover, or spill, putting innocent victims at risk.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Injuries?
Hazardous materials must be handled with extreme care. The shipper, the carrier and the driver all play a part in the transportation of hazardous materials and must follow specific safety regulations regarding labeling, handling, loading and unloading, transporting and more. If any of these parties do not follow proper procedure or act negligently, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries.
Even with federal regulations in place, the FMCSA states that hazmat trucks are involved in about 200 fatal accidents each year and around 5,000 nonfatal accidents. If you’ve been involved in one of these accidents, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney with experience in these types of accidents. An experienced hazmat accident attorney understands the complex nature of these cases and can determine who is responsible for your injuries and who can be held liable for damages. In the event of a wrongful death, your attorney can also pursue damages on behalf of your loved one.
Contact a Tampa Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured by a truck carrying hazardous materials, contact the Capaz Law Firm. An truck accident attorney will stand by your side and fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We understand the complex nature of truck accidents and know how to investigate accidents where hazardous materials were involved. We want nothing more than to help you get the fair compensation you need to get on the road to recovery. Call (813) 280-5555 for your free consultation.