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Hazardous Materials in Trucking Accidents

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks transport a variety of good and materials throughout Illinois, including food, furniture, and natural materials.

But many of these trucks carry hazardous, corrosive, flammable, or otherwise toxic materials that put Chicago drivers at risk. Federal laws are in place to ensure that commercial truck drivers carrying hazardous materials on Illinois highways take necessary precautions to minimize that risk, but accidents nevertheless happen far too often. And, when they do, drivers should consult with a knowledgeable Chicago truck accident attorney.

What types of hazardous material do Chicago commercial trucks transport?

Trucks carry a wide variety of potentially dangerous materials every day. Some of those include:

  • Gasoline
  • Oil and other petroleum products
  • Pesticides
  • Cleaning products
  • Spent vehicle fluid, including engine oil, brake fluid, or other waste

How are hazardous material spills caused?

There are numerous causes of Chicago hazardous material spills. Some of those include:

  • Improper hazardous materials training for a driver
  • Faulty, old, or otherwise defective equipment
  • Poor or dangerous weather conditions
  • Speeding, improper lane changes, or other negligent actions on part of the commercial truck driver

What are some of the potential consequences of a Chicago hazardous material spill?

One of the complicating factors surrounding hazardous material spills is that someone may feel the effects of an accident, even if they aren’t immediately involved. For instance, a passing car may inhale dangerous fumes emitted by a spill.

Those impacted may feel some of the following effects:

  • Respiratory problems after inhaling toxic vapors or fumes
  • Burns, especially if a flammable material catches fires
  • Broken bones or fractures after a high-speed accident

Other consequences may befall the commercial truck driver responsible for the accident. The commercial truck driver may face civil fines and penalties, or criminal penalties (including jail time) for improper transportation of hazardous materials, depending on the severity of the accident.

How Can a Chicago Truck Accident Attorney Help You?

Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. helps victims receive fair compensation and move on with their lives after a difficult accident. A resourceful Chicago truck injury lawyer can examine the facts of your case, investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, determine whether the commercial truck driver was negligent, and fight for remuneration. That payment may help offset medical bills and other accident-related expenses.

If you’ve been involved in a hazardous material spill involving a Chicago commercial truck, you should immediately seek legal assistance to better understand your options—and take the appropriate steps from there. Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation and to discuss your case with a thorough, professional attorney.