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Vehicles Carrying Hazardous Cargo Create Additional Accident Risks

June 03, 2017

Article Summary: Our law firm discuss the chemical spill in April that caused traffic on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta to be diverted for several hours and how HAZMAT accidents can occur. The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the crash occurred during the early morning hours, in the area of the Connector near 10th Street. Both sides of the highway were closed for a couple of hours, and one side was reopened as soon as cleanup efforts permitted. The other side of the highway reopened several hours later after all of the accident debris and all of the hazardous substance was cleared from the roadway.

Vehicles Carrying Hazardous Cargo Create Additional Accident Risks

Some trucks that share the roads with us when we drive every day contain hazardous cargo. These trucks create all of the typical accident risks that other tractor trailers and trucks on the road do, and they create the additional danger that the hazardous cargo will get ejected or spill from the truck during a wreck. The drivers of trucks that haul hazardous materials are trained to drive them safely, and to manage the hazardous substances that they are hauling, but even the best training may not be able to stop all of the devastation that could happen if the truck gets in an accident. When a truck that is carrying hazardous materials is strikes another vehicle or object, additional emergency response personnel, called HAZMAT teams, are normally dispatched to the scene to contain the hazardous material and make the area safe again.

How do HAZMAT Accidents Happen?

Accidents that involve hazardous materials can happen in just as many ways as accidents involving standard tractor trailers and passenger vehicles. Sometimes, the hazardous material remains safely inside of its container, and sometimes the tank, drums, or another type of container that the substance was traveling in breaks open, releasing the hazardous material onto the roadway and sometimes into the surrounding area.

Hazardous materials can harm people, the environment, or animals when they get released into the environment. Hazardous materials have properties like corrosiveness, toxicity, radioactivity, flammability, and explosiveness. They often get transported in trucks that display colorful placards which describe the hazardous characteristics of their cargo. The type of risk that a substance poses to people, animals, and the environment depends on its attributes. Poisonous substances often produce fumes which could harm people in the surrounding area. Caustic substances can hurt people at the accident scene if they come into contact with them. Explosive materials could cause severe damage to a large area. Radioactive substances can have far-reaching effects on the health of people, plants, and animals if they get into groundwater. Additionally, flammable materials can spread over large areas and ignite, creating a tremendous danger to everyone who is near the wreck, especially emergency personnel who are trying to extinguish the blaze and clean up the wreckage.

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If you have been injured as the result of a HAZMAT crash caused by someone else's negligence, you may have a right to compensation.  Talk with a seasoned Atlanta car accident attorney at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

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