Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are responsible for hauling millions of tons of goods and materials from coast to coast each year. A certain percentage of these trucks are responsible for hauling hazardous materials, or HAZMATS. Because of the risk that these vehicles and their cargo pose to the public, they are highly regulated by the federal government. In addition regulating the vehicles themselves, the individuals who drive HAZMAT trucks also require specialized training above the basic requirements for a commercial driver’s license, or CDL. Victims of HAZMAT truck accidents should consult with a Peachtree City truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for the regulation of HAZMAT trucks. Some of the types of materials subject to HAZMAT regulation include:
- Flammable liquids
- Corrosive materials
- Petroleum products
- Nuclear waste
One of the most dangerous aspects of HAZMAT truck accidents is the potential for the vehicle’s cargo to escape into the environment. If this occurs, the damage and bodily injury caused can extend for miles from the actual site of the accident. In addition, the contamination may render a piece of land unusable or unsafe for years. Because of the highly technical legal issues that may arise in HAZMAT truck accidents, it is advisable for those affected to retain an attorney with prior experience in handling commercial vehicle litigation.
Contact a Peachtree City 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 significant compensation. Our truck accident lawyers have the skill and experience that is required to successfully recover for our clients. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999. If you would prefer to send us an email, please fill out and submit the contact form available above.