Shipping and hauling "hazmat" (hazardous materials) is tightly regulated and controlled. In order to haul hazardous cargo, truck drivers must be specially trained and licensed. Since certain kinds of chemicals and gases must be refrigerated, truck drivers must pay particular attention to the functioning of their truck, in addition to following certain routes and observing specific kinds of driving regulations. When spills and accidents happen involving hazardous materials, driver error, improperly loaded cargo, and poor vehicle maintenance are often involved.
At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, our San Antonio hazardous cargo spill lawyers consult hazmat experts, accident investigators, and trucking professionals in determining what happened and how a spill could have been avoided. If you have been seriously injured due to a truck accident carrying hazardous cargo, contact our legal team today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.
Call (210) 774-6445 or fill out and submit an online contact form to request a complimentary case evaluation with our team.
Injuries Associated with Hazardous Cargo & Spills
The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery represents clients suffering from the following kinds of injuries due to spills or exposure to hazardous cargo after a truck accident:
- Lung damage
- Exposure to carcinogens
- Head trauma
- Gastrointestinal damage
- Loss of eyesight
Transporting Hazardous Materials
The Department of Transportation has adopted the same requirements as determined by the United Nations for transporting hazmat. Accordingly, hazardous materials must be properly identified with a placard, labeled, and transported within the proper packaging. Tractor trailers must use a four-digit United Nations number which can be identified by firefighters, police, or ambulances responding to the scene of an accident. This four digit number allows emergency response personnel to identify the hazardous materials carried in a tanker or truck.
Failure to adhere to any one of these requirements constitutes negligence for which a trucking company and its driver can be held liable. When investigating accidents involving hazardous cargo, our San Antonio hazardous cargo spill attorneys identify state and federal safety violations that play a role in causing accidents or making the response to them more difficult and dangerous.
Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
The long-term health effects of exposure to hazardous materials can be significant. Everything from cancer to brain damage to chronic health problems are a possibility. At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, we consult health experts who explain the problems and risks our clients face as a result of exposure to hazardous cargo. We serve clients in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Waco, Corpus Christi, and throughout all of Texas.
To schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you, contact the San Antonio truck accident attorneys at our firm today. Call (210) 774-6445.