Semi-trucks are inherently dangerous vehicles, often traveling in close proximity with other and significantly smaller passenger vehicles. When commercial trucks are involved in accidents, the injuries that victims can sustain can be serious and result in long-term medical complications. This is particularly true when trucks carrying hazardous materials are involved in accidents. Also known as “HAZMAT” trucks, these vehicles require highly specialized training to drive and often involved equally specialized vehicles and equipment. Anyone who has been injured in an accident with a HAZMAT truck should be certain to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
HAZMAT trucks can carry a wide variety of materials, ranging from dangerous chemicals or gases to highly flammable materials. When these trucks get into accidents, there is the potential for their cargo to escape, potentially cause serious injury and widespread damage. In some cases, the affected area after a chemical spill due to a HAZMAT truck accident could cover several square miles, affecting people a significant distance from the incident. Some of the potential injuries that people can sustain after a HAZMAT truck crash include:
After a HAZMAT truck accident, victims should be certain to undergo a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a professional. In addition, be sure to record as much information about the accident as possible, including the name of the driver, the company responsible the operation of the vehicle, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, as well as any other circumstances you think may be relevant. Try and get contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident. Finally, be certain to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Fayette County truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a HAZMAT truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.