It is truly frightening to consider the many hazardous chemicals that are being transported over our North Carolina roadways at any given moment, especially knowing that we may be driving alongside such potentially deadly loads as we transport our children to a ballgame or take an aging relative to the doctor.
Two recent truck accidents in neighboring states illustrate the potential danger.
Anhydrous Ammonia Scare in South Carolina
In Santee, South Carolina, a tanker truck reportedly left the road, clipped a power pole, and crashed into the side of a fast food restaurant. The driver was injured, but, amazingly, no one in the restaurant was hurt. Authorities briefly evacuated the area due to concerns that a potentially deadly chemical could have been released during the accident.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), anhydrous ammonia is classified by the federal government as “nonflammable,” but high concentrations of ammonia vapor can burn in the event of a large spill. Although it is not technically a poison, ammonia can be extremely irritating to the eyes, lungs, and skin, even in small concentrations. Exposure to ammonia vapor can even lead to death in some cases.
Fortunately, it turned out that the truck was not carrying its usual cargo of anhydrous ammonia at the time of the crash.
Truck Hauling Chlorine Tablets Crashes in Tennessee
Also this month, an area in Tennessee reportedly had to be evacuated due to a crash that involved two semi-trucks, one of which was carrying chlorine tablets. The tablets, which were intended for use in swimming pools, were believed to have the capacity of oxidizing and making the air in the area near the crash unsafe to breathe.
Chlorine is generally a nonflammable gas, but it can react explosively when combined with other substances, including fuel gas. It can cause burning of the eyes, cough, substernal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, pulmonary edema, pneumonitis, and other issues.
Your Legal Rights After a Hazardous Cargo Wreck
If you have been hurt due to the negligence of a trucker or trucking company, you may have a right to compensation for medical costs associated with your injury, including the reasonable and necessary costs of future medical care, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering. Since the statute of limitations places a strict time limit on the filing of negligence claims, it is important to seek counsel from an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after a truck crash.
Talk to a Seasoned North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney (and Former Claims Adjuster)
Big truck collisions can cause untold suffering, especially when the truck was hauling dangerous or hazardous cargo. North Carolina truck accident lawyer Carl Nagle has represented clients in a wide variety of truck crash claims, ranging from less serious injuries all the way to multiple fatality wrongful death cases. As a former trucking industry insurance adjuster, Attorney Nagle understands that a prompt investigation – from the plaintiff’s perspective – can be invaluable when it comes time to try a truck accident case before a jury, and he can help you get started on your case at no upfront charge. Call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free consultation. We are currently reviewing truck wreck cases throughout the Tarheel State.
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