Tupelo Trucks Carrying Hazardous Materials
Accidents involving semi-trailer trucks occur frequently in and around cities like Tupelo, Mississippi. Given the size and weight of the average commercial truck, such accidents are already very dangerous for the occupants of any other vehicles involved. When the accident involves a truck carrying hazardous materials, the danger is increased even further. The materials that these trucks carry can be toxic, corrosive, flammable, explosive, or even radioactive. If a person comes into contact with the hazardous material, even a relatively low-impact accident could result in serious or fatal injuries. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck carrying hazardous materials, the Tupelo truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can assist you in seeking compensation from those responsible. With over 30 lawyers and more than 120 support staff, our firm has the experience, knowledge, and resources necessary to fight for your claims.
Liability in Accidents with Trucks Carrying Hazardous Materials
In order to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a trucking accident, the injured party must first establish that some other party is responsible for their injuries under the law. This is commonly accomplished by pursuing a negligence claim against the truck driver or the trucking company that employs the driver. For the negligence claim to succeed, the injured party must show that their injuries were caused by the unreasonable actions of the driver or trucking company. Such unreasonable actions could include distracted driving, driving while fatigued, driving under the influence, improper maintenance, and negligent hiring. If only the truck driver acted unreasonably, the trucking company may still be held vicariously liable for the trucker’s actions if they were committed during the course and scope of the trucker’s employment.
Another method of pursuing a claim against the truck driver or trucking company is through the doctrine of negligence per se. Due to the potential threat that the transportation of hazardous materials by commercial trucks poses to people, their property, and the environment, the federal government and most state governments have enacted statutes and regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials. These laws place various requirements and restrictions on truck drivers and trucking companies who transport hazardous materials. For example, truck drivers who transport hazardous materials must have the proper training and qualifications to do so, and the trucking company that employs the driver must have a proper permit as well. If someone is injured because a truck driver or trucking company did not abide by these regulations, the injured party may be able to use negligence per se to establish liability.
Consult With an Experienced Tupelo Lawyer
Obtaining compensation for accidents involving trucks that carry hazardous materials can be difficult. To handle the case properly, the attorney involved must have a detailed understanding of both federal and Mississippi law. The attorney must also be willing to go toe-to-toe with aggressive trucking companies and their insurers. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys have fought for the rights of injured accident victims for over 30 years. We are confident in our ability to pursue compensation on your behalf, no matter how complex the case. If you have a case that you want to discuss with our Tupelo attorneys, contact us today to set up a free consultation. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or reach out through our online form.