When trucks carrying hazardous materials are involved in major collisions, people can be exposed to these toxic substances. Whether a gasoline truck crashes, spilling its contents onto the highway or a tractor-trailer transporting a hazardous gas is involved in an accident, releasing the gas into the air, the consequences can be immense. Truck drivers, other motorists, and even innocent bystanders can all be exposed to toxic substances or at risk of explosions and fires. These types of accidents tend to lead to very serious, catastrophic injuries and death.
If you or your loved one was injured due to toxic exposure as a result of a truck accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm for a free consultation. Our South Carolina attorneys have spent more than 25 years fighting for the rights of individuals and families throughout the state. We strive to recover the maximum compensation you are owed for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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Dangerous Substance Categories
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the commercial transportation of hazardous materials. If a truck transports hazardous materials, it must be properly labeled in accordance with federal law. Under FMSCA regulations, all hazardous materials must be classified according to one of nine categories.
These nine categories of dangerous and/or hazardous materials and substances include:
- Flammable liquids
- Flammable solids
- Organic peroxides/oxidizers
- Radioactive materials
- Corrosive substances
- Infectious substances/toxic materials
- Miscellaneous materials
The FMCSA mandates that any truck driver who transports a substance that falls under one of these categories must carry a special permit allowing him/her to transport that specific substance. Additionally, the truck driver must prominently display a placard denoting the type of hazardous substance on board. The placard must have a unique identification number and must be visible on the trailer.
Legal Assistance for Victims of Toxic Exposure in Truck Accidents
The FMCSA reports that, of the 800,000+ trucks carrying hazardous materials each year, approximately 5,000 are involved in accidents. Of these accidents, about 200 prove fatal. Additionally, according to the FMCSA, about 30 percent of all hazmat truck accidents result in the release of harmful cargo. Victims involved in these types of accidents tend to experience a wide range of severe, life-altering injuries, including thermal and chemical burns, loss of hearing, loss of vision, poisoning, respiratory issues, and long-term illness, such as cancer.
The legal team at Anastopoulo Law Firm can help you understand your rights and legal options following a truck accident that led to toxic exposure. Our lawyers in South Carolina have the skills, resources, and experience to help you navigate the legal system and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Get in contact with our firm today; call (800) 313-2546 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.