Last week in Fairfax County, a hazmat truck driver lost his life when his tanker truck carrying fuel overturned while merging onto I-95 North – the man’s flammable cargo combusted during the accident, setting the tanker on fire. It was one of about 5,000 commercial truck accidents that take place each year across the country that involve hazardous materials.
What should you do if you are involved in a truck accident involving a hazardous material?
Get away from the scene of the accident immediately. Do not stay near the accident and do not stop to collect valuables from your vehicle. An accident with a hazmat vehicle means a much greater risk of fire or explosion. In addition, if the hazardous materials are leaking from the truck, you could inhale dangerous fumes or come into contact with dangerous liquids.
Mention the hazardous materials when calling for help. After you are a safe distance from the crash, call for help and specifically mention to the operator that one of the vehicles involved was a hazmat truck. They will likely send a hazardous material unit to the crash site to secure the area and analyze any danger.
Get medical attention. Even if your injuries don’t seem serious at first, go to a doctor to get checked and to share any concerns. Be sure to confirm what kinds of hazardous materials were involved in the crash and, if applicable, mention this exposure to your doctor.
A truck accident and injuries can be complicated by the presence of hazardous materials. Be sure to discuss your Virginia hazmat truck accident case with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. At Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan, we offer injury victims free, confidential meetings. Call 800-752-0042 to schedule your consultation.