We often talk about the dangers of truck accidents in the context of how much damage large tractor-trailers can cause to smaller vehicles. While this remains true, it is only one facet of why truck accidents can be so dangerous. The sheer size of these trucks is an issue, which makes it a common talking point, but a recent incident that occurred in Virginia highlighted another, less common potential danger of truck accidents.
Truck Carrying Chemicals Overturns
Early on a weekend morning, a tanker truck overturned in what appears to be a single-vehicle accident. Officials spent almost 12 hours working to clear the scene of the accident and allow travelers to use the road. Most of the cleanup time was due to the fact that the overturned truck had been carrying a product containing ammonia, and because officials identified a leak and vapor release, hazmat suits and specialists were required. The contents of the container were ultimately safely moved and transported away, and it was fortuitous that no other vehicles were involved.
Large trucks are used to transport all kinds of cargo, from small Christmas packages to large machines and, as in this case, sometimes hazardous materials. If one such truck is involved in an accident, the severe damage to your car may end up being the least of your worries. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the hazardous materials could be released, and you might be exposed to them. Depending on what the hazardous material is, there is no real telling what additional injuries or illnesses might result.
Contact A Virginia Truck Lawyer
If you have been injured in a truck accident, consider meeting with an attorney to discuss the circumstances of your case. You could be entitled to compensation. If the truck in your accident was carrying an unknown substance, it may be in your best interests to contact a medical professional as well as a legal one.