The trucking industry is a critical pillar of the economy that most people take for granted. Truckers are responsible for moving 70% of all freight in the United States, and most U.S. communities depend on trucks for the delivery of everyday goods such as food, medicine, fuel, and much more. Trucks are everywhere, which means so are truck accidents.
Besides the potentially deadly nature of some of these accidents, there is also the possible spilling of the truck’s cargo that could, at times, involve hazardous chemicals and other dangerous cargo, which can turn even a minor accident into a more serious one, if not a disaster altogether.
If you suffered injuries in a cargo spill incident – or any other type of tractor-trailer crash – please let our Chicago truck accident attorneys evaluate your rights.
When a truck crashes, a trailer door opens, or cargo securement otherwise comes loose, items can fall across the highway. Some drivers might not be able to stop in time, causing chain-reaction crashes in many situations.
However, if hazardous or toxic chemicals spill, it presents many additional safety issues – not only to people at the scene and those who live or work nearby but also for cleanup crews. There might be continued exposure of those around to these hazardous chemicals or other dangerous cargo spilled on the road, which can cause additional injuries from toxic chemical exposure.
In some cases, a truck carrying flammable cargo might crash, potentially leading to an explosion or fire that causes many additional and widespread injuries and damage.
If you are involved in a truck accident in which there is truck spilling of any kind, take precautions to protect yourself from getting contaminated. Call 911 right away if you can. If you are driving near a scene where dangerous cargo has spilled out from a truck, stop where it is safe to do so and contact emergency services immediately.
Always follow instructions from the emergency personnel, especially if your vehicle is involved in the accident. Stay at a safe distance, and police officers should come to victims and witnesses under such circumstances. If you need immediate medical attention, heed the advice of EMTs and take an ambulance ride or head straight to the ER.
Cargo spills from accidents are often caused by avoidable or preventable errors, such as the shipping company overloading the cargo or driver fatigue. This often means the accident happens because of negligence, which, in turn, means the driver and his or her employer could be held liable for the damages that a victim of the accident suffers.
When trucking companies ignore safety regulations, and accidents occur as a result, they should face liability for the injuries and losses they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck cargo spill in the Chicago area, contact Malman Law today for a free consultation.