Though commercial truck accidents are detrimental to the safety of those involved, an even larger threat is posed to victims when a truck is carrying large loads of hazardous cargo. In order to protect themselves and others while on the road, commercial truck drivers transporting dangerous materials must take additional precautions. An important safety precaution is the secure loading of heavy cargo. If materials are not loaded properly, the cargo in question can shift, and shifting can increase the likelihood of a serious accident or contamination. Though commercial trucking accidents most often involve other vehicles on the road, when heavy or volatile materials are being transported, and accident can lead to fires and explosions.
So they are able to actively decrease the chance of a serious accident occurring, commercial truck drivers should be informed of the hazardous cargo they transport while on the job. Some examples of dangerous cargo are:
The dangers of each example listed above drastically increases the intensity and potential severity of injuries after a truck accident takes place. Not only can these types of hazardous materials increase the chances of truck fires or explosions, but they can also cause chemical burns and respiratory damage to anyone that comes in contact with the exposed material during or after a truck accident.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident and has suffered life-threatening injuries because of dangerous cargo, contact the Truck Accident Resource Center of Williams Hart today at 800-220-9341 for more information and legal assistance.