Statistics provided by the United States Department of Transportation and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration indicated that over 3,600 incidents involving HAZMAT transportation occurred during vehicle transit, of which nine were fatal.
Hazardous materials are also known as HAZMAT for short. These materials can consist of many different types and are dangerous to people, animals, property, organisms, and the environment. Of course, most materials can pose a danger during an accident; hazardous materials create an increased threat to everyone and everything in the vicinity. In some instances, entire areas have been evacuated due to hazardous material accidents and spills.
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident involving hazardous materials due to the negligent actions of another individual, the victim could be entitled to compensation for all losses and damages including; medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, property damage, and litigation expenses.
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Classifications of Hazardous Materials
It is commonly known that trucks are used to transport a great variety of different materials on our roadways; however hazardous materials have been put into classifications of their own. Essentially, these classes were developed to assist the International Air Transport Association and the International Maritime Organization to understand how to safely move each type of hazardous material.
The nine classifications of hazardous materials include:
- Flammable Liquids
- Flammable Solids
- Poisonous/Toxic or Infectious Substances
Trucks that are transporting these materials are required to have warning signage in order for other drivers to recognize they are transporting hazardous materials. It is advised to drive with extra caution around these trucks to avoid any potential accidents and dangers that may exist.
Causes of Hazardous Material Accidents
Similar to all large commercial vehicles, hazardous material transporters are just as susceptible to accidents. However, often times the driver of these vehicles is not the cause of the accident, and in most cases, they are simply unavoidable.
A few common causes of hazardous material transportation accidents include:
- Driver Fatigue
- Driver Error
- Poorly Maintained Vehicles
- Distracted Driver
- Driving Under the Influence
- Reckless Driving
- No Zone Accidents
- Driver is Unfamiliar with the Area
- Inadequately Trained Drivers
If you have been involved in an accident with a hazardous material transporter, our attorneys recommend seeking medical attention immediately. In addition, these documents may be used by our attorneys to formulate a stronger case for you in the court of law.
Causes of Hazardous Material Spills
There are several things that could cause a hazardous material spill, which can propose extreme danger to everything in the area. These materials are often extremely flammable, explosive, and poisonous, thus every detail must be taken during the aftermath of these accidents.
Some common causes of hazardous material spills include:
- Improperly secured cargo
- Unmaintained valves
- Poorly loaded cargo
- Load shifts
- Faulty packaging
- Packages have been punctured
- Leaking containers
Of course, possessing the correct paperwork on the type of materials being transported helps during the cleanup process of these spills. Clearly, the larger the spill, the more effort it will take to cleanup along with the possible evacuation of an entire area. Also, the United States Department of Transportation must be notified if there are any hazardous materials spilled on our roadways. This is another safety precaution to keep everyone in the area or passing through the area safe.
Contact Our Knoxville Truck Accident Attorneys
At Greg Coleman Law, our attorneys believe that if a negligent individual brings harm to an innocent victim, that negligent individual must take full responsibility for the damages and losses they have caused in the court of law.
Based in Knoxville, we are also licensed to serve the entire state of Tennessee including:
- Strawberry Plains
To learn more about how are attorneys can help you, or to schedule a free case review, we welcome you to call us at (865) 247-0080 today. Here, a staff member will answer the phone and take the details of your accident and quickly connect you with one of our attorneys ready to take your case.
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