When a car and a large truck collide, usually the people inside the car are the ones who are most at risk. But not always.
In early July in the town of White House, a pickup truck cut off a semi-truck hauling fuel, causing both vehicles to crash on the side of the road. More than 7,400 gallons of gasoline spilled into a nearby creek and hazmat crews had to work for hours to clean up the mess.
The driver of the semi was rescued from his truck by a group of good Samaritans, who pulled him to safety and kept him conscious while they waited for an ambulance.
The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene of the accident. Authorities warned people in close proximity to the spill that they could have been in danger and to turn off heating and air units if they could smell fumes. Fortunately, no one was harmed by the gas spill.
HAZMAT ACCIDENTS IN TENNESSEE
Every day, more than 800,000 shipments of hazardous materials make their way across the country in trucks. About 200 hazmat trucks are involved in fatal crashes every year, and 5,000 are involved in nonfatal crashes. Though these accidents only make up a small percentage of all truck accidents, the potential for serious injury or death is elevated by the presence of hazardous materials.
Besides the initial injuries due to the accident, hazmat victims face risks of exposure to explosions, fire and inhalation of toxic fumes. If you have been injured in a hazmat accident, a personal injury attorney can help you seek the recovery that you deserve.