Earlier today, an Illinois trucking accident transpired on southbound Route 53 after a large commercial vehicle transported 36,000 pounds of pesticides overturned. According to the news report, posted on DailyHerald.com, the accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. when the semi tractor-trailer rolled over off the roadway’s ramp and into a ditch. The driver remained unharmed and refused advanced medical attention. The accident caused ramp to remain partially closed as roadway and hazardous material crew cleaned the roadway’s wreckage. Local authorities believe the accident was caused by the semi truck driver traveling too fast to negotiate the ramp’s curve or the tractor-trailers load shifted – subsequently causing the rollover. The accident remains under investigation and it has not been confirmed if the large commercial vehicle has received a ticket for the accident.
Any Chicago trucking accident attorney will tell you that given the sheer size and weight of large commercial vehicles, any motor vehicle accident in which these vehicles are involved has the potential for severe and life-altering injuries or death. This threat is only increased when the commercial vehicle accident involves a tractor-trailer transporting a cargo of hazardous materials. Hazardous material trucks (most commonly referred to as HAZMAT) involve those commercial vehicles who transport hazardous materials (such as flammable liquids) from one destination to another. Approximately 800,000 tractor-trailers of hazardous materials are transported every year in the United States – according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – resulting in approximately 200 fatal accidents.
In order to reduce the severe damage that often results from HAZMAT truck accidents, truck drivers and their trucking carriers are required by law to adhere to the Hazardous Material Transportation Act. The Act, published in 1975, was implemented in an effort to provide adequate protection against the common risks and dangers associated with the transportation of hazardous materials. The Hazardous Material Transportation Act designated materials or classes of materials that are hazardous and provides requirements for the safe transportation of such material.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Illinois trucking accident involving a large commercial vehicle transporting hazardous material, you may be able to obtain compensation as a result of harm sustained as a result of the accident. Given the severe liability associated with HAZMAT carriers, truck drivers transporting said materials are required by federal and state law to exercise the utmost caution during transportation. Any violation caused by a driver’s failure to maintain a duty of care may constitute negligence in a civil court of law. Please contact an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer for a free consultation.