Cobb County Truck Accident Involving Radioactive Material Poses Special Dangers

February 20, 2012

While any collision on Atlanta roadways that involves a tractor-trailer is a scary proposition, the stakes go up substantially when the commercial truck is transporting radioactive material. A collision involving a tractor-trailer that was transporting radioactive material on I-20 in Cobb County last year serves as a reminder of the special dangers of such Georgia trucking accidents.

Because the truck was transporting low level radioactive material, the I-20 was closed for six hours while a HAZMAT team cleared the trucking accident. There are special rules that cover the transportation of hazardous substances like radioactive material and explosive or flammable gases or liquids.

Among the special rules that apply when a commercial carrier is transporting hazardous materials are special insurance requirements. While commercial carriers are typically required to carry a minimum of $750,000 in insurance, this minimum is increased to $5 million for commercial trucks transporting hazardous substances. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) evaluates trucking companies in a number of areas including the following:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Violation of hours of service rules (i.e. driver fatigue)
  • Fitness for service (health issues)
  • Cargo-related issues
  • Adequacy of commercial truck maintenance
  • Unsafe driving history

The FMCSA establishes an acceptable baseline for each area and failure to meet the standard will provide a basis for an intervention. If a commercial truck transports hazardous materials, the thresholds are lower because of the increased risk associated with the load. There are additional federal and state regulations that apply when the commercial truck is transporting hazardous substances. Among other requirements, the truck must be clearly marked so that if an incident occurs emergency response personnel know how to respond to the trucking collision.

Georgia trucking accidents pose a high risk of serious injury, particularly if hazardous substances constitute the cargo. If you or someone you love has been injured in an Atlanta or Georgia trucking accident, contact the dedicated and experienced trucking accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates for your free consultation to discuss your rights to file a claim or lawsuit, and seek fair legal compensation.

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Category: Truck Accidents

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