When we have concern over truck accidents, personal injuries from collision and road closings are not the only consequences we should be worried about. Instead, the consequences go deeper when we consider what kind of goods and products trucks are transporting along their routes. Oftentimes, these are not just foods and other products we find in our grocery stores, but can include chemicals and hazardous materials. When a collision occurs with a truck carrying such materials, the consequences can be severe and lead to not only a heavy cleanup but can pose danger for illnesses, roadside fires, environmental concerns and more.
In one recent truck accident reported by the New Haven Register, a highway was closed for more than 14 hours due to a chemical spill. Emergency responders, including firefighters and the state environmental protection officials, had to rush to the scene and spend Thursday through Friday morning cleaning up the spill to keep citizens and the surrounding environment free from continued dangers.
The accident occurred when the trailer of a pick-up truck jackknifed and caused its cargo of drums containing isocyanates to spring a leak. According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, these chemicals are used for spray-foam insulation. Such chemicals present a significant hazard when inhaled and when in contact with skin. Thankfully though, officials believe that the chemicals should not pose a serious harm to the public because of prompt clean up and due to the fact that the accident was not in close vicinity to the general population. The DEEP Emergency Response Unit transferred the leaking drums into a larger container and transported them away from the scene of the accident. In addition to leaked isocyanates, emergency responders were concerned about the fuel the trucks were running off. The impact of the collision also caused the truck to leak its diesel fuel.
What many of our readers may not know already is that cold temperatures can affect chemical spill cleanup. Freezing temperatures make the clean-up more difficult in regards to removing the chemicals, thereby making it a much longer process. According to the same article, the cleanup in this particular example took longer than the officials initially expected because the winter temperatures caused some of the chemicals to freeze. As a result, the Department of Transportation had to mill the road through the night in order to remove the entirety of the spill.
Our attorneys understand the serious dangers that chemical spills pose to the public. We have represented clients who have suffered significant and life-changing injuries or even lost loved ones in all types of truck and motor vehicle accidents and have successfully obtained fair and just verdicts and settlements on their behalf. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and losses in a lawsuit. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.